Horse Care

Applications Open For 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover

The Retired Racehorse Project announced on Sunday that applications are open for the 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America. Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2020, and accepted trainers will be announced on February 15, 2020. Now in its sixth year, the Thoroughbred Makeover features competition in ten disciplines for recently-retired […]

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Nighttime Music Soothes Stalled Horses

Playing music overnight in barns has a significant effect on horses, a new study shows. Researchers Naomi Hartmann and Linda Greening of Hartpury University played classical music during the night to seven horses housed in the same barn. All the horses were stabled for 24 hours and followed the same routine. The study recorded the […]

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Best Practices For Equine Antibiotic Use

Horse owners and caretakers are again being warned about the overuse of prescribed antibiotics as the threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) escalates worldwide. Antimicrobials are used in both equine and human medicine; they are integral to the treatment of infections. However, excessive and inappropriate use of antimicrobials has led to the emergence of antibiotic resistant […]

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Grazing Cattle With Horses Can Help Control Worms, Study Finds

Grazing horses and cattle together has long been suggested as a tool for helping control strongyle worms, but little research has been done to prove its efficacy. The majority of gastrointestinal parasites are host specific, meaning that the infective stages of equine worms ingested by cattle won’t develop into adults; the same is true for […]

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Be Diligent With Holiday Decor Around Horses

Thanksgiving is over and many homeowners are now decorating their property for the holidays—barns and outbuildings included. Care should be taken when decorating both inside and outside the barn; while some decorations are safe for horses, others could cause a problem if a nosy equine decides to sample some of them. Most spruce and pine […]

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Vaccine For Equine Grass Sickness Tested

A four-year trial suggests that Equine Grass Sickness (EGS) is associated with a bacterium commonly found in soil: Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum) type C. Currently, vaccines are available for botulism and tetanus, diseases that are closely related to C. botulinum type C. Researchers are hopeful that a similar vaccine could protect against grass sickness. Scientists […]

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Vaccinating Horses With Cushing’s Disease

Nearly one-third of older horses will become affected by pituitary pars intermedia dysregulation (PPID, also called Cushing’s disease) in their lifetime. Horses with PPID have long, shaggy coats that don’t shed out well in the spring. These horses will also have drink water excessively, have abnormal fat deposits, abscesses or laminitis and experience chronic infections, […]

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Eight Additional Horses Test PCR Positive For EHV-1 At Remington

Eight additional horses in the second quarantine barn at Remington Park have tested PCR positive for EHV-1. These horses have been moved to the Isolation Barn and are clinically normal. Information to date indicates the virus has been contained to the two quarantined barns. The track announced on Nov. 15 that one horse had tested […]

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The Weighted Pad That’s Helping Veterinarians, Exercise Riders, And Trainers

When Dr. Philip Shrimpton was a racing commission veterinarian assigned to oversee the starting gate, his most important duty was to ask the stewards to scratch a lame horse—a responsibility he did not take lightly. Frustration arose when the same horse he scratched would jog sound back at the test barn. “I’d see a horse […]

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EQUUS Foundation Launches Microchipping Campaign

The EQUUS Foundation is attempting to raise $50,000 to microchip 1,000 horses. During natural disasters like fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes, horses can get lost and far from their home farms and barns; they can be without food, shelter or medical care for long periods of time if not rescued. Microchipping is one of […]

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