Horse Care

Ask Your Insurer Presented By Muirfield Insurance: Major Medical And Coverage For OTTBs

QUESTION: Do you offer any options for off-track Thoroughbreds, or strictly ones that are active/potentially active in racing and breeding? BRYCE BURTON: Full Mortality Insurance coverage, also known as All Risk Mortality coverage, is available for horse owners of all breeds, uses, and disciplines. As the name suggests, Full Mortality provides coverage on the animal […]

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The Right Horse Initiative Awards $275,000 To Increase Adoptions In Appalachia

The Right Horse Initiative, a program of the WaterShed Animal Fund, has awarded $275,000 to Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue to significantly expand their support of at-risk horses in Appalachia. Heart of Phoenix, located in Huntington, West Virginia, has been helping horses in transition since 2012. The grant will allow them to make capital improvements, […]

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Some Anti-Inflammatories May Increase Risk Of Colic Complication

The University of North Carolina has recently completed a study that indicates that one of the best ways to reduce a complication of small intestinal strangulating obstruction (SISO) is by choosing the correct pain medication. Endotoxemia occurs when a bacterial toxin crosses the gut lining, initiating a large immune response and causing shock. This happens […]

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Study: Bone-Related Swelling More Common Than Previously Believed

Researchers at the University of Exeter in England have discovered that a significant number of horses have abnormal swelling in the bone marrow of their leg bones, called bone marrow oedema-like abnormalities (BMOA). These horses also had localized increased bone density. Drs. Christine Heales, Ian Summers, Jonathan Fulford, Karen Knapp and Peter Winlove say further […]

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Taking Stock: Do Salt And Water Play A Role In Equine Leg Swelling?

“Stocking up,” where a horse’s lower legs swell because of pooling lymph, can look alarming, but the condition is typically temporary. The condition generally occurs when a horse has a reduction in his usual activity level. This lack of movement impairs circulation. Stocking up is not painful; the horse should not have a fever or […]

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Registration Open For Kentucky Horse Council’s Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training

The Kentucky Horse Council announces Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park from September 20-22, 2019. The LAER training will be taught by 4Hooves Large Animal Services, LLC and instructors Justin and Tori McLeod. Both instructors have extensive experience with equine and livestock as well as working as emergency […]

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Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Confirmed In New Mexico

As fair season approaches, the New Mexico Livestock Board announced several recommendations as a result of confirmed Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) cases in New Mexico horses. New Mexico State Veterinarian Dr. Ralph Zimmerman urges people to be diligent. “While we are not ordering the cancellation of any events at this point, we recommend several advisable […]

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Equine Influenza Cases Still Rising In Britain

Equine Influenza (EI) continues to rise in Britain, with more than 200 confirmed cases so far this year. There were only two outbreaks reported in all of 2018. The Animal Health Trust’s Director of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance, Dr. Richard Newton, said the increased movement of horses to and from events and competitions is contributing […]

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French National Stud Affected By Fire

Part of the French National Stud of St Lo (Haras National de Saint-lo) has been destroyed by fire. A rider living onsite had spotted the fire in stable block three around midnight on July 11. All 22 horses were evacuated safely, with no injuries reported by veterinarians. The fire then spread to stable number four, […]

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Body Of Horse Found In Ancient Viking Boat Burial

Sweden unearthed two rare Viking boat burials last fall during an excavation in Old Uppsala. One of the boats had a man in the stern, and a dog and a horse in the bow; personal items were also discovered. Fully excavated in the last month, the remains of the man, dog and horse were all […]

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