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When Is ‘Natural’ Horse Care Not Natural?

The terms “natural” and “organic” are used in a variety of applications, including both the human and equine worlds. While items using the term “organic” are regulated by government agencies, those using the term “natural” are not, so care should be taken by horse owners when buying or prescribing to anything using this term. Horses […]

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Is Eradication Of Opossums From Horse Farms Advisable?

It has been known for many years that opossums spread equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) through their feces, but complete eradication of the marsupial on farms may be next to impossible. As opossums offer environmental benefits like eating ticks and other pests, complete removal may also not be recommended, reports The Horse. Opossums can be found […]

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Rise In Neurologic Form of EHV-1 Cause For Concern

A new review reports that equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1)—specifically the neurologic form of the disease–is still a large threat to the equine industry, potentially disrupting training and breeding schedules; restricting movement of horses; and potentially cancelling equine events such as shows and races. There has been a marked increase in the number of reported neurologic cases […]

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Is It Really Just A Runny Nose?

Nasal discharge in a horse can range from a non-issue to something truly life-threatening. Oftentimes drainage is nothing to be concerned about as the mucous membranes in the nasal passages can be aggravated from something as benign as dust in the arena or pollen. However, there are times that nasal discharge can indicate an emergency, […]

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Equine Disease Communication Center Launches New Phone App

The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) has launched a mobile app version of its online information system to make real-time alerts for infectious diseases available for all parts of the horse industry on a smart phone. The EDCC Disease Alerts app connects directly to the disease alert page, making it easy for users to filter […]

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New Stall Assists Neurologic Equines At Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center

An updated and expanded neurologic stall has been gifted to the Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center (EMC) in memory of a beloved patient of the center. Just Java, owned by Karen Jones Squires and James Squires, succumbed to laminitis in 2015. The stall has been named the “Just Java” Neurologic Stall. The new stall […]

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Striking Similarities: Atlas of Equine Brain May Aid Human Medicine

U.S. researchers have created a standardized brain atlas of a horse using an MRI machine. Brain atlases have been created for many other species, but not for horses. The atlas will be a valuable resource for neuroimaging research. Drs. Philippa Johnson, Valentin Janvier, Wen-Ming Luh, Marnie Fitz Maurice, Teresa Southard and Erica Barry of Cornell University have made the atlas available […]

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Testing, Testing: Can Nutraceuticals Help With Equine Stomach Issues?

Though highly adapted performance animals, the sensitivity of a horse’s stomach has not changed over the years and remains a constant source of stress and worry for equine owners and caretakers. Similar to humans, a horse’s stomach contains acid that helps break down food and a mucus coating that’s designed to protect the stomach from […]

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Chincoteague Pony ‘Swamp Cancer’ Still Stumping Scientists

In the last three years, eight Chincoteague Pony mares have been put down because of equine pythiosis, also called “swamp cancer” and scientists are still trying to figure out how to rein in the disease. Pythiosis comes from a microorganism that thrives in warm, wet areas of the country, mostly on the Gulf Coast. The […]

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New Papillomavirus Found In Australian Thoroughbred Stallion

A 12-year-old Australian Thoroughbred stallion that had a 1-centimeter wide wart-like lesion on his penis was diagnosed with a newly identified equine papillomavirus. Veterinarians were called when the stallion had pain upon breeding. The stallion’s semen was tested and it was determined that he had the Equus caballus papillomavirus 9 (EcPV9). Australian researchers mapped the […]

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