Paralyzed Ponies: First Cases of Tick Paralysis Diagnosed In North America

Two cases of equine paralysis caused by ticks have been reported by the Purdue University Teaching Hospital in Indiana. It is believed to be the first cases of tick paralysis in North America. Referred to the hospital in May 2018, one American miniature horse was down and could not rise; the other was weak, but […]

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22 Horses Positive For Piroplasmosis in Tennessee

Three Middle Tennessee counties have been quarantined because of an equine piroplasmosis outbreak. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is investigating the cases in Bedford, Williamson and Rutherford counties. The blood parasite has affected 22 horses and is typically transmitted through infected ticks, but it can also be spread through between horses through the use of […]

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Helping The Head Shy Horse

Horses can have a variety of reasons for not wanting to have their head or ears touched. These can include a physical issue that causes pain or a remembered issue that caused pain in the past. Not having the ability to touch a horse’s head is a safety problem: they may not let a person […]

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Tricks To Keep Biting Flies At Bay

Though spring brings welcomed warmer temperatures and plenty of sunshine, with it comes the reemergence of flying insects, many of which can be a nuisance for horses. The bites from horse flies, house flies, black flies, bot flies, mosquitoes, midges, ticks and more can cause itching, lesions and other skin issues. Flies and other biting […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: How Worried Should I Be About Ticks?

QUESTION: How concerned should I be about ticks biting my horse? How do I look for ticks on a horse? DR. BILL GILSENAN: With the spring and summer just upon us, it is natural to consider some of the trouble horses might get into as they will be outside more and active more in the […]

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Preventing Ticks On Equine Properties

In areas of the country that remain warm throughout the winter, ticks are always in season. For others, however, a brief reprieve from ticks is possible when the weather turns cold. However, with warmer weather on the horizon across the United States, it’s important to begin farm preparation for their return. Preferred tick habitat includes […]

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