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Stretching Out the Kinks

December 01, 2002

There's nothing like a good stretch--when you wake up in the morning, during breaks at work, or before and after your workout. In human physiology, we know about stretching and its benefits for the athlete. Many practitioners and physical... Read More

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Retina and Optic Nerve Disease

December 01, 2002

The retina is one of the most metabolically active tissues in the body. It consists of 10 layers of cells and nerve fibers. Nine layers compose the sensory retina, with a final layer, the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), present next to the... Read More

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Recovering from the Flu

December 01, 2002

Q: There was recently a flu-like breakout at the barn where I board, and some other boarders disagreed on how long, or even if they need to, keep horses in and relatively isolated. Some folks are turning them out soon after the... Read More

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Keeping a Stallion With a Foaling Mare, or Mares

December 01, 2002

We have a mare and stallion together in a pasture. We borrowed a stallion in August just to breed this mare. They have been together since then, and we just had the mare checked for the first time since they were together and found out that... Read More

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Your Partner in Horse Health

December 01, 2002

Articles, forums, and other information from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) have appeared in The Horse magazine for a number of years. I thought that for this Forum I might take the opportunity to let you know a... Read More

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Predicting Muscle Problems

December 01, 2002

Competitive endurance riders know that horses lose fluids and electrolytes during strenuous rides. Calcium and magnesium are also lost during prolonged aerobic exercise. Low blood calcium (hypocalcemia) allows sodium to enter nerve cells, leadin... Read More

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Antimicrobials in Colic Surgery

December 01, 2002

Colic surgery in horses is classified as a "clean contaminated" procedure because incisions into the intestine can allow bacteria to contaminate the sterile abdomen. Thus, prophylactic (preventive) antibiotic therapy is often administered prior... Read More

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Exercise and Bone Development

December 01, 2002

Beneath the smooth surface of articular cartilage, subchondral bone gives structural support to joints. Normally, newborn foals have a lot of water in this layer, which is slowly replaced by calcium and collagen as the foal weights his joints.... Read More

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Healing Hoof Cracks

December 01, 2002

Hoof cracks are a common occurrence in the feet of many domesticated horses, and they can range in severity from a minor blemish to a cause of serious lameness. Causative factors can vary widely, ranging from injury to imbalance of the foot.... Read More

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Is His Heart In It?

December 01, 2002

Do you know why a Thoroughbred can deliver that great burst of speed to eat up a mile in 1 1/2 minutes, or how an endurance horse can maintain the strength and stamina to cover long distances at steady speeds? Of course you do: Conditioning.... Read More

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What Do You See For 2003?

December 01, 2002

We've certainly had some tough moments in the past couple of years. And despite worry, the industry is strong, but changing. While some of the top-level owners of competition horses--those who own horses as business investments--might be jumping... Read More

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West Nile Virus Still Spreading

December 01, 2002

As of Nov. 3, cases of equine illness caused this year by West Nile virus (WNV) confirmed at the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories had risen to 12,843; 12,105 cases more than the final case count for 2001. Vaccinating for WNV and... Read More

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Diagnosing Problems Using Equine Hair

December 01, 2002

A horse's hair can be used as a diagnostic tool in assessing nutritional status, environmental poisoning, and drug use and abuse, according to Mark Dunnett, BVSc, of the UK's Royal Veterinary College. Dunnett presented this topic at the Kentucky... Read More

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Unusual Fall Abortions in Kentucky

December 01, 2002

Pathologists at the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) in Lexington noticed that a few more fetal losses were being seen than was usual during August, September, and October. That prompted increased surveillance and reporting,... Read More

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One More Piece in MRLS Puzzle

December 01, 2002

Researchers at the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) have uncovered one more piece in the puzzle that is known as mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). Whatever caused early fetal losses and late-term abortions in 2001 and... Read More

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Moyer Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award

December 01, 2002

William Moyer, DVM, head of the Department of Large Animal Medicine & Surgery at Texas A&M University and a member of The Horse's Editorial Advisory Board, recently was awarded a Distinguished Alumnus award by Mesa State College i... Read More

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Equine Salmonellosis

December 01, 2002

Salmonella spp. can cause diarrhea, abscesses, septicemia, and other ailments in horses. The October 2002 issue of Equine Disease Quarterly, published by the University of Kentucky (UK) and sponsored by underwriters at Lloyd's of... Read More

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Intracranial Pressure

December 01, 2002

Two studies done at the University of California, Davis, have allowed researchers to measure the intracranial pressure (ICP, the pressure that the cerebrospinal fluid exerts on the brain) in the horse for the first time and determine how body... Read More

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AQHA Considers Changes to Coat Color Requirements

December 01, 2002

Cremellos or perlinos, which are horses that exhibit lightly pigmented or pink skin over the body, white or cream-colored hair, and blue eyes, might soon be eligible for registration in the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). In early... Read More

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Periodontal Disease in Horses

December 01, 2002

University veterinary hospitals and private practitioners have begun to treat and prevent periodontal disease in horses with a new piece of dental equipment called the Equine Dental System. The Universities of Georgia (UGa), Illinois, and... Read More

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The Adaptive Equine Stomach

December 01, 2002

A study at the Island Whirl Equine Colic Research Laboratory at the University of Florida has determined that the horse's stomach can adapt to meals of various sizes and compositions, giving researchers a better understanding of how the normal... Read More

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Genome Meeting Convenes

November 26, 2002

In October 2002, a meeting of the Interagency Working Group for domestic animal genome sequencing was convened at the USDA Whitten Building in Washington DC to discuss prioritization of domestic animal species for DNA genome sequencing. That suc... Read More

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Kentucky Seeks Economic Impact Study

November 26, 2002

No one in Kentucky knows exactly how many horses or farms make up what is now the state's number one agricultural industry, but the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, in partnership with some of the state's equine leaders, hopes to change... Read More

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Factors Affecting Fertility with Cooled Semen

November 26, 2002

With the use of cooled shipped semen on the rise, breeders want to maximize the effects of this new technology as best they can. However, there are a variety of factors that can affect fertility with cooled semen, said Dickson Varner, DVM, MS,... Read More

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West Nile Virus Found in Washington Horse

November 26, 2002

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) recently announced that West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed in a 14-year-old horse in Island County. The horse, which became ill early in October, is recovering. It is the first horse... Read More