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Nitric Oxide Levels In Blood Help Predict Intestinal Issues In Horses

Russian researchers report that blood serum may offer valuable insight regarding equine intestinal issues like colic. Disease in the intestinal tract of horses often presents with inflammation and oxidative stress, which is associated with a lack of nitric oxide; by testing for nitric oxide levels in blood serum, veterinarians may be able to take action […]

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Champion Monomoy Girl ‘Doing Very Well,’ Resumes Training In Florida

Champion and 2018 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Monomoy Girl may have missed out on a 2019 campaign, but the 4-year-old daughter of Tapizar is aiming for a comeback in 2020. According to horseracingnation.com, the filly has resumed training at Paul Sharp’s farm in Williston, Fla., and will return to trainer Brad Cox at the Fair Grounds […]

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Colic Or Rabies? Similar Symptoms Can Place Horse Owners At Risk

“The horse was in extreme distress and the horse owners agreed: The only option to alleviate the suffering was euthanasia,” said Ed Murray, DVM, owner of Coosa Valley Equine Center in Pell City, Alabama. Dr. Murray shared his experience about a devastating case that stands out among his 47 years of being an equine veterinarian. […]

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Grade 1 Winner Delta Prince Euthanized At Age Six

Grade 1 winner Delta Prince, an Adena Springs homebred, was euthanized at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital on Friday, Oct. 25, following complications associated with laminitis and renal failure subsequent to an incident of colic. Set to join the Adena Springs Kentucky stallion roster for 2020, Delta Prince enjoyed a stellar racing career, earning $1,174,170 […]

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Study: Horse Owners More Confident In Colic Recognition Than They Should Be

A 2014 survey of 1,331 horse owners revealed crucial gaps in horse owner’s knowledge of colic and how to respond to an episode of it. This lack of knowledge was the driver behind the creation of the REACT To Beat Colic campaign in Britain, which was developed by the University of Nottingham and the British […]

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Nighttime Nibbles: Why Horses Need Constant Access To Forage

Most equine owners and caretakers know a horse needs to have something in his stomach almost constantly to avoid issues like colic, ulcers and mental stress. But what about during the night, when he should be asleep? Research shows that horses need something to nibble even when it’s dark out–but the solution isn’t just to […]

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Life After Two Colic Surgeries: Eventing Horse Back In Training

Monty, a 6-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, was down and displaying signs of colic when owner Ashley Aguado received the late-night call that he was sick. She rushed to him and found her three-day eventing horse in a dire condition. “When I arrived, Monty’s face was cut up from all the rolling he was doing,” said Aguado. […]

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Fall Frost And Horse Health

As cooler weather comes on, horse health concerns can shift from heat-impact issues to handling the cold. Before wintry weather really sets in, horse owners must contend with frost and what that can mean for a horse’s health. Pastures with frost on them have higher amounts of nonstructural carbohydrates, which can increase the risk for […]

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Moon Phase And Colic: Is There A Correlation?

Moon phases can affect both humans and animals on many levels, from fluctuations in hormones to fertility levels to immune responses. However, there has been no concrete evidence that the phases of the moon effect a horse’s colic risk. Because of this, Lucile Vigouroux, Danielle Ferriola, Linda Ritchie and Dr. Jesslyn Bryk-Lucy, DVM, created a […]

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A New Way To Administer Fluids In A Pinch

Some equine conditions, like colic, necessitate the administration of large amounts of fluid over a short period of time. While this can be done through a nasogastric tube, it’s not always feasible or advisable in every situation. Fluids can also be run intravenously, which puts the fluid directly into circulation, but there may be logistic […]

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