Horse Care

Baby Steps: Teaching A Foal To Be Led

Excitement envelops the farm every time a new foal arrives. Immediately, thoughts of this new born flourishing into a future racehorse enter the mind with “Look at those legs!” and “What a pedigree!” While the future is still unknown, the multiple years of training that go into each horse begin on day one. We begin […]

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Older Horses More Susceptible to Acute Superficial Digital Flexor Tendon Rupture

A study conducted by a University of California, Davis shows that older horses can be at greater risk for an acute rupture of the proximal superfivial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) due to a loss of elasticity as they age. The findings were discussed during a session at the 2014 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention […]

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Proper Hand Hygiene Important For Equine Surgeons

During a European College of Veterinary Surgeons study, it was discovered that less than 66 percent of equine surgeons surveyed followed World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for cleaning their hands prior to performing surgery. Dr. Denis Verwilghen and colleagues at Canada’s Ontario Veterinary College completed a study to discover which was correct: WHO guidelines or […]

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Report: EU Ban On Mexican Horse Meat Having Little Effect On U.S. Exports

A report from the Equine Welfare Alliance and Wild Horse Freedom Federation this week indicates that the European Union’s ban on Mexican horse meat may not have had the desired impact on the number of U.S. horses being shipped south for slaughter. The groups began following the flow of horses from the States to Mexico after […]

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UC Davis Named Top Vet School In The Country

According to an annual study conducted by U. S. News and World Report, University of California – Davis School of Veterinary Medicine was ranked as the leading veterinary school in the country, according to the publication’s veterinary school rankings. Other schools that rounded out the top five include Cornell University, Colorado State University, North Carolina […]

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Idaho Senator Re-introduces Bill That Reduces Veterinary Loan Repayment

Veterinarians whose practices focus on public health or food animal medicine in designated shortage areas across the country will benefit by a bill recently reintroduced to Congress. The proposed legislation would remove the 39 percent tax on grants from the Veterinary Loan Repayment Program. Reintroduced by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) with support from the American Veterinary […]

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UAE Banned From Endurance Events Over Equine Welfare Concerns, Rules Violations

The United Arab Emirates’ equestrian federation was suspended by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) on Thursday following an investigation into “major horse welfare issues” and rules violations in endurance events. The suspension comes after England’s Telegraph newspaper conducted an investigation that uncovered 12 allegedly “bogus” UAE-hosted endurance races. The FEI has since asked Quest, an […]

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New Vaccine To Fight Pigeon Fever

The United States Department of Agriculture has granted a conditional license for a Pigeon Fever vaccine. A disease that has been on the rise in the last 5 to 7 years, Pigeon Fever is now found in regions in which it has never been seen before. A conditional license is granted when there is need […]

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Former Rescue Operator Pleads Guilty To Animal Cruelty

Deanna Biscardi, former operator of Second Chance Horse Rescue of Wimauma, Fla., pled guilty to five counts of felony animal cruelty this week and was given two years’ probation. Biscardi was charged after she abandoned six horses on the rescue’s leased property with no food. All the horses were described as skin and bones; of the […]

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Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation Allocates $1.1 Million For Equine Research

The board of directors of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has approved a budget of $1,100,500 to fund research in 2015. The budget will fund 10 new projects, seven second-year projects, and two Career Development Awards to encourage young scientists. Also, the budget allows for a special call for more research, which will be announced at […]

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