Horse Care

Blood Test Unreliable In Strangles Diagnosis

A new study indicates that blood testing may not be the most effective way of determining if a horse is carrying strangles. Strangles in a highly contagious infection of the upper respiratory tract. A horse with strangles generally has a fever and thick discharge from his nose. His lymph nodes may be swollen under his […]

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Outer Banks Horse Bitten By Snake Euthanized

A horse that was part of the Corolla Wild Horse herd in the Outer Banks, N.C., has been euthanized at North Carolina State University. Bitten by a venomous snake on May 17, the horse’s wound continued to worsen and the treating veterinarian recommended that the filly, named Valor, be sent to NC State Veterinary Hospital […]

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SmartPak Teams Up with LSU To Conduct Safety Study On Turmeric And Devil’s Claw

SmartPak is a company that believes in the value of scientific research to support its supplements. Recently, they teamed up with Dr. Frank Andrews from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine to conduct a safety study on turmeric and devil’s claw in horses. These two ingredients have occasionally caused concern among horse owners […]

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Woodbine Racetrack Releases Re-Testing And Containment Measures For EHV-1

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is continuing to supervise the containment of the neuropathogenic form of EHV-1 with additional retesting this week. Results to date indicate the positive cases are limited to a single barn, plus a single additional horse from Barn 10 at Woodbine Racetrack. Barn 10 horses were re-tested May […]

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Keeneland To Sponsor Welfare Initiatives At 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover

The Retired Racehorse Project announced Tuesday that Keeneland will be the sponsor for their most prominent equine safety and welfare initiatives at this year’s Thoroughbred Makeover, the Arrival Exam and, new for this year, the Finale Jog. Last year the RRP instituted the Arrival Exam at the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred […]

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Colonic Ulcerations: A Tricky Diagnosis

It’s believed that nearly 65 percent of sport horses have colonic ulceration from a combination of stress and nutrition. Horses are hind-gut fermenters, meaning they have thick bands that run along the walls of the colon; as they contract, the food is mixed with microbes, which are good bacteria, and fermented. Also during this time, […]

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Some Restrictions Eased In Wake Of EHV-1 Positive At Woodbine

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) received new test results on Saturday that suggest the containment and mitigation measures continue to contain the neuropathogeniclogical form of EHV-1 to a single barn at Woodbine Racetrack near Toronto, Canada. As a result, the AGCO lifted all the restrictions on training for Barns 33 and 35, as […]

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A Potentially Fatal Diagnosis: Fatty Liver Disease

Obesity can cause issues in many species and horses are no exception. In addition to the added stress weight places on joints and tendons, additional pounds can have ramifications on the endocrine system. Obesity can cause fatty liver disease, also called hepatic lipidosis. Though this disease typically strikes Miniature Horses, ponies and donkeys, it can […]

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Double-Decker Trailers May Finally Be Banned For Equine Transport

The crusade to end the transportation of horses in double-decker trailers was first introduced in a federal bill in 2008, but 2020 may finally be the year it gets off the ground. Called the Horse Transportation Safety Act, the bill seeks to promote animal welfare and public safety by prohibiting the transportation of horses across […]

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