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‘Cherish The Memories’: Arc Runner-Up Sea Of Class Succumbs To Lymphoma

The 4-year-old dual Group 1-winner Sea of Class, runner-up by a neck to Enable in last year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, underwent surgery for colic on July 3. According to racingpost.com, the surgery was prescribed to remove a mass that had become entangled in her intestines. The mass turned out to be a malignant tumor […]

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Some Anti-Inflammatories May Increase Risk Of Colic Complication

The University of North Carolina has recently completed a study that indicates that one of the best ways to reduce a complication of small intestinal strangulating obstruction (SISO) is by choosing the correct pain medication. Endotoxemia occurs when a bacterial toxin crosses the gut lining, initiating a large immune response and causing shock. This happens […]

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Causes Of Colic: More Than Just Feed Changes

Equine management changes can increase the risk of colic, and it’s not just the changing of feed horse owners and caretakers need to be concerned with: changes in exercise, pasture, water or housing can also up a horse’s risk of gastrointestinal distress. Also, a new study shows that the more caregivers a horse has, the […]

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Grain And Colic: Is There A Connection?

Straight grains, like corn, barley, sweet feed or oats, can contribute to the onset of colic in horses. Bagged feeds, which have higher-fiber ingredients, are processed so they are gentler on equine digestive tracts. The equine small intestine cannot absorb loads of starch at one time; what can’t be absorbed goes into the large intestine, […]

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No Day At The Beach: Sand Colic In Horses

Sand colic in horses refers to abdominal pain caused from ingested sand. Sand colic can be an irritation or an impaction; a complete blockage of the gastrointestinal tract can occur if enough sand accumulates. Horses can eat sand if they’re grazing on pastures with sandy soil that clings to plant roots or if they are […]

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SAA And Fibrinogen Levels May Help Predict Post-Op Complications In Equines

A recent study has found that measuring serum amyloid A (SAA) and plasma fibrinogen when a horse is admitted to a hospital for colic surgery and then daily during his stay might help predict the development of post-operative complications. Drs. De Cozar, Sherlock, Knowles and Mair tested the blood of 300 horses that were undergoing […]

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Preventing Pain: How To Reduce Colic Risks While Traveling

Shipping horses, whether a long distance or just down the road, can be stressful. Add into the equation competition, and stress levels ratchet up even higher. The best rule of thumb to remember when traveling with a horse is to keep things as consistent as possible and to minimize change. These two things can help […]

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Cast Horses: What To Do (And What Not To Do) To Help

Horsemen probably don’t comprehend how big and heavy a horse actually is until it gets cast against or under something and they have to get it unstuck. One futile tug on the mane of a cast horse and the person quickly will realize he or she needs assistance. “The first thing I would say is […]

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Grade 3 Winner Yankee Fourtune Euthanized

Grade 3 winner Yankee Fourtune was euthanized May 28 at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, KY, due to issues of chronic arthritis. The 12-year-old gelding had been pensioned at the non-profit organization since 2015. Campaigned by New Jersey business man Harvey Clarke and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, in 2010 the 3-year-old Yankee Fourtune […]

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Stand Up: The Benefits Of Standing Equine Surgeries

One of the most complicated parts of equine surgery is putting the horse under anesthesia and then bringing them out of anesthesia after the surgery is completed. A horse coming out of anesthesia may struggle and injure himself. Additional complications can include side effects from the drugs used to anesthetize the horse, laryngeal collapse, nerve […]

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