Horse Care

Latson Succeeding Bramlage As AAEP’s ‘On Call’ Vet For Derby-Oaks Telecasts

Equine surgeon Keith Latson, DVM, DACVS, will represent the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ On Call program and assist NBC Sports with horse-health information during the May 1 and 2 live racing telecasts at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.Dr. Latson will be available to provide timely health reports to the media concerning the equine athletes […]

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AQHA Cracking Down On Clenbuterol Positives In Race, Show Horses

Recent penalty changes for American Quarter Horse Association shows suggest that clenbuterol overuse is not limited to the racetrack. The AQHA released updated welfare guidelines this week, including harsher fines and penalties for violators of the organization’s welfare rules, and the establishment of a database to track and punish repeat offenses. The new rules also […]

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‘Protecting And Promoting The Horse’ Theme For AHC’s 2015 National Issues Forum

The American Horse Council has announced that its theme for this year’s National Issues Forum, sponsored by Luitpold Animal Health, is “Protecting and Promoting the Horse.”  The issues that the horse industry has faced over the last decade have changed, but there are several consistent challenges.  These include federal regulatory challenges, attracting newcomers to horses […]

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Probiotics: Not A Miracle Cure For Foal Diarrhea

A recent study indicated that prophylactic probiotic treatment did not reduce the incidence or duration of diarrhea in foals and actually could contribute to the development of more severe disease. Diarrhea occurs in almost 60 percent of foals during their first 6 months of life. Though typically mild, diarrhea can become severe and in some […]

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State-Of-The-Art Lameness Detection

It seems as though horses are constantly finding new ways to hurt themselves. Luckily, the veterinary community is constantly coming up with new ways to detect the source and severity of that lameness. There are customary first steps that any horse owner should take when they find one of their horses is less than 100% […]

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Absorbine Presents Photos Of the Week: OTTB’s Shine At Rolex Three-Day Event

This week, follow our intrepid photographers as they cover the OTTB’s that made it through the grueling Rolex Three-Day Event. Starting with the ceremony of the inspections and dressage, to the slog of the Cross Country, finally ending with sun drenched stadium jumping, 11 of the 21 OTTB’s entered made the distance. About half the […]

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Hay There: What’s The Best Way To Feed Hay?

With all the options available for getting hay into your horse—think about it: nets, feeders, mangers, bags, automatic feeders, from the ground—what’s the best way to feed your horse hay? “Because each horse and farm are different, there is no one best way to feed horses,” says Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., Kentucky Equine Research nutritionist. “Looking at all […]

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Winning Trotter Races For Local Horse Rescue

More than three years ago, Hi Ho’s Little Rev was rescued from slaughter while in utero by Vanessa Gilliam’s Second Wind Rescue. Now, according to a story by the Sacramento Bee, he’s won three times and more than $22,000, racing for the rescue that saved his life. “He loves his job, that’s the big thing,” […]

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New Research On Aging Equine Tendons Provides Clues About Human Injuries

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London, University of East Anglia, University College London and University of Liverpool, repeatedly stretched samples of horse tendons, which are very similar to human ones, to test their elasticity and ability to recover. Experiments in the past have shown that stiffening in aging tendons contributes to increased injuries in […]

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P-U: Court Rules Neighbors Can’t Raise Ruckus Over Smell Of Horse Farm

A state court panel shot down a challenge by neighbors of a horse boarding operation in Pennsylvania this week, noting essentially that horses sometimes smell. Neighbors had levied complaints against farm owners Christopher and Toma Rutters, alleging they were keeping too many horses on the property, causing depleted ground cover and drainage problems against their […]

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