New Zealand Horse Exports to Australia To Resume

Horse exports from New Zealand to Australia have resumed despite the positive case of equine piroplasmosis found in one mare based on the North Island. Additional interim testing is now in place, which has brought about an additional fee to offset the expertise required to run the tests. Agricultural officials from both countries feel strongly […]

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Tips For Protecting Horses From Ticks

Ticks are typically active from spring into fall in Kentucky. The lone star tick and the American dog tick are the most troublesome species in Kentucky. Lone star tick bites are very irritating and tick feeding wounds can become infected. Check with your veterinarian about tick-borne disease incidence in your area. Protecting horses from ticks […]

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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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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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