Denise Steffanus

Placentitis: A Tricky Disease With Few Warning Signs

In mid-April, former Horse of the Year Zenyatta tragically aborted her Into Mischief foal. This was the sixth pregnancy for the 14-year-old mare. Zenyatta’s connections wrote in her blog, “The cause of the abortion was found to be a low-grade placentitis that triggered premature placental separation.” Since the abortion, Queen Z, as her fans call […]

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Is This Stud A Dud? A Few Solutions For Subfertility

When talking about reproduction, most times the emphasis is on the mare. But if your mare doesn’t conceive on a single, well-timed cover, the stallion’s fertility may be the issue. Dr. Steven Brinsko, a reproductive specialist at Texas A & M University, said the first step is to have the stallion examined by a reproduction […]

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‘Farrier Think Tank’: First International Farrier Syndicate Announced

A group of elite farriers in various disciplines have banded together to form the first farrier syndicate in the horse industry. International Farrier Syndicate is the brainchild of Thoroughbred farrier Pat Broadus and recent International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame inductee Danvers Child. Child described the syndicate as a “group of like-minded farriers working together as […]

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Horses, Like People, Have Luxury Awaiting Them In Dubai

Sheikh Mohammad knows how to throw a party. So if he invites you to come race your horse in Dubai on World Cup day, you’re in for the time of your life. “They roll out the red carpet. Every time we go there, it’s just a fabulous experience,” said Bill Casner, whose Well Armed won […]

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Is Vitamin D The Key For Maintaining Foal Health?

Horses are big, strong creatures that produce offspring capable of standing within an hour of birth. Mother Nature gave them this ability so even newborn foals would be able to flee with their dams if the herd was attacked by predators. This sometimes causes horsemen to believe neonatal foals are tougher than they really are. […]

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Amidst EHV-1 Outbreaks, How Can You Protect Your Horse From Illness?

With multiple equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) outbreaks popping up across the United States, owners need to take precautions to protect their horses from the potentially fatal disease. EHV-1 manifests in three forms: respiratory disease, abortion, and/or neurologic disease. Dr. Steve Reed, internal medicine specialist at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., clarified the same […]

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Platelet-Rich Plasma Can Prove A ‘Silver Bullet’ For Some Mares With Endometritis

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a form of regenerative therapy used to treat soft-tissue injuries in athletes. Platelets in blood contain growth factors that stimulate cells in injured tissue to begin healing and to draw new cells to the injured area. Over the past two decades, veterinarians have achieved much success with PRP in treating tendon, […]

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Excuse You: Is A Gassy Horse An Unhealthy One?

Budweiser’s Super Bowl commercials are a hit every year. An amusing one from a few years ago showed a situation most horsemen have encountered — a horse with a bad case of the farts. (For those with delicate sensibilities, we’re talking about flatulence, breaking wind, passing gas.) As the late Dr. Doug Byars, longtime head of […]

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Battling Guttural Pouch Mycosis: A First-Hand Account

Foozie is my farm clown. The 17.2-hand Thoroughbred gelding likes to steal hats and lead his pasture mates around by the halter. As gentle as he is big, Foozie also can be a handful at times. So when he stopped his playful antics, I knew something must be wrong. Foozie became lethargic, just moseying up […]

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The Disappearing Herb: How Does Turmeric Benefit Horses?

Do you love curried dishes from India? If so, indulge yourself, because they contain turmeric, a bright yellow-orange spice that can put a zing in your diet and a zip in your step… and your horse’s. Turmeric is a plant in the ginger family whose roots (rhizomes) contain curcumin, which has been observed in humans […]

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