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NAHMS Planning for Third Equine Industry Study

The National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS), a nonregulatory division of USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service—Veterinary Services, in collaboration with the National Agricultural Statistics Service, is planning for its third national study of the equine industry. The survey is scheduled to begin in summer 2015.

BHA Looks Ahead to IFHA Debate on Anabolic Steroids

Paul Bittar, chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), outlined his hopes yesterday (Oct. 3) ahead of the sessions at the forthcoming International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) Conference, when the subject of the use of anabolic steroids in racing will be considered. The conference will take place Oct. 7-8 in Paris, France.

AAEP Vets to Assist Telecasts of 2013 Triple Crown Trail

Media-trained equine veterinarians representing the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) On Call program will support another season of live Thoroughbred racing telecasts when the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series on the NBC Sports Group kicks off this weekend. The On Call program is designed to deliver accurate veterin...

Link Identified between Tree Seed and Seasonal Pasture Myopathy

New research from the University of Minnesota (UM) that was recently published in the Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ) shows that a toxin from the box elder tree is the likely cause of seasonal pasture myopathy (SPM), the U.S. equivalent of the European disease known as atypical myopathy (AM). Preliminary comparisons of these results with cases of AM in Eu...

HSUS Launches Safe Stalls Horse Rescue Network

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is launching a new program to help horses rescued from cruelty and neglect cases or natural disasters. The HSUS' Safe Stalls Horse Rescue Network will be a nationwide system of horse rescue groups, equine professionals and enthusiasts who can provide emergency care and shelter to horses in need.

BHA Equine Science, Welfare Director to Depart

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced Nov. 19 that Tim Morris, DVM, PhD, director of equine science and welfare, will leave the organization in January. His departure forms part of the ongoing restructure of BHA services, led by chief executive Paul Bittar.

AHC Hires New Director of Health and Regulatory Affairs.

Adam Choate has recently joined the American Horse Council (AHC) staff as the director of health and regulatory affairs. His responsibilities will include equine health issues, welfare issues, and state, federal and international requirements regarding the movement of horses. He will be the principal AHC contact to the USDA.

EHV-1 Confirmed in One Utah Horse, Suspected in Two

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is investigating one confirmed case of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in the state, and has placed a quarantine on a farm in Cache County. Two other horses at the location were euthanized after showing neurologic signs consistent with the disease.

Counterfeit Equine Anemia Drug Surfaces in Canada

Bioniche Life Sciences Inc., a research-based Canadian biopharmaceutical company, announced Thursday (Sept. 20) that one of its equine products--Hippirontm 1000--has been counterfeited, and was being sold via an Internet website. Regulatory authorities and veterinarian customers have been advised of this situation, along with the elements of the counterfe...

ASPCA Grants $290,000 to Assist Retired Racehorses

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) today announced that 14 equine rescue organizations from across the nation have joined the ASPCA Million Dollar Rescuing Racers Initiative, now in its third year. This major grants program aids in the rescue and rehabilitation of retired racehorses, repurposing the horses for other area...

NETRC Accepts 100th Retired Racehorse

The New England Thoroughbred Retirement Center (NETRC) in Deerfield, N.H., has announced the arrival of its 100th retired racehorse, Alex's Hope. A five-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, standing 17 hands tall, Alex's Hope last raced at Penn National Racecourse in Grantville, Pa., on January 12. He is by the 2002 stallion Afleet Alex and out of the S...

RSPCA Equine Inspectors to Monitor England's Grand National

A team of specially-trained Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty To Animals (RSPCA) equine inspectors will be attending the three day Grand National meeting this year, which takes place April 12-14 at Aintree Racecourse in Aintree, Merseyside, England. They will be joined the world famous course by an RSPCA superintendent, a chief inspector, and th...

UK Researcher Studying "Easy-Keeper" Horses

Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) is a devastating disease characterized by the three main features of obesity (cresty neck and fat deposits are characteristic), insulin resistance, and laminitis. Certain breeds or individual horses and more than often middle-aged horses are predisposed to EMS, and are often referred to as "easy keepers."

AHP Seeks Participation in Second Equine Industry Survey

The American Horse Publications (AHP) is seeking horse industry participation in its second Equine Industry Survey to gauge trends in the U.S. equine industry. The AHP Equine Industry Survey is being sponsored by Kentucky Equine Research, Merck Animal Health, and Pfizer Animal Health. The survey was launched in early March, and runs through May 15.

Western Feed, LLC Recalls Kountry Buffet Horse Feed

Western Feed, LLC, is voluntarily recalling two lots (M718430 and M720280) of Kountry Buffet 14% horse feed because it might contain monensin sodium (Rumensin). The feed is packaged in 50 lb. bags bearing the Payback logo with the attached tag identifying the product as Kountry Buffet 14%. Monensin sodium is a medication approved for use in some live...

AHC: Connect with Congress on Equine Issues

Despite the low approval ratings for Congress, American equestrians are still interested in what Congress is doing. Why? Because what Congress does--or does not do--impacts the horse industry. This is true regardless of your breed or discipline, whether you are an individual owner, run a track or show, own a horse business, work in the industry as a servi...

UHC Continues to Compile List of Facilities to Accept Horses

The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) seeks more facilities that accept, place, or use horses to list themselves on the UHC website. Currently, there are over 650 facilities listed. This section of the website has proved successful in matchmaking unwanted horses with an available care facility, as well as potential owners with horses available for adoption. ...

Transportation Tip: Check Tires Before Hauling Horses

The leading factor in roadside emergencies is tires. Tires can lose their footing long before they're worn out. Tests conducted by Consumer Reports show that tread can give up a significant amount of grip when it's still at the halfway point. Because of this, USRider reminds equestrians and others who travel with horses to check the tires on tow v...

Preparing the Next Generation: Initial Vaccinations for Foal

With the foaling season in full swing, new foals are enjoying life at farms, ranches, and breeding facilities around the country. While most foals are protected from common equine diseases by maternal antibodies in the mare's colostrum (the mare's first milk that antibodies that help protect the foal's immune system) for the first few months o...

Severe Weather Travel Tips for Horse Owners

The severe weather season is upon us, and as horse owners, we need to be prepared for any meteorological situation when hauling horses. USRider, the national provider of roadside emergency assistance for equestrians, spoke with large-animal rescue authority Rebecca Gimenez, PhD, about what to do when traveling in bad weather situations.

Preakness Stakes Likely Not Affected by EHV-1 Outbreak

In light of the upcoming running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) would like to assure equine enthusiasts that there are no known horses in Maryland associated with the regional outbreak of neurologic equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) traced to the National Cutting Horse Association's...

Regenerative Medicine Seminar for Horse Owners Scheduled

To increase horse owners' awareness and understanding of regenerative medicine, the North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association (NAVRMA) and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital are hosting "The Horse Owner's Guide to Regenerative Medicine" on June 4, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the Marriott Griffin Gate Hotel in Lexington, K...

EHV-1 Quarantine of Two New Jersey Farms Lifted

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher announced May 6 that the state Department of Agriculture (DOA) has lifted quarantines at Overbrook and Tourelay Farms in Colts Neck, which have restricted horse movement in and out of the two Monmouth County farms since April 14, due to an equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) outbreak.

Vaccination Reactions: Common, or Cause for Concern?

Horse owners understand that vaccinations protect the health of their horses and might even be life-saving. What some owners might not realize is that adverse reactions can occur after vaccination. While most vaccines' side effects are minor, it's important to know when not to worry and when to call the veterinarian.

Cornell Equine Herpesvirus Update

New information has surfaced in regards to the voluntary quarantine at Cornell University's equine hospital due to two cases of the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1). New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets' (NYSDAM) animal health officials, along with veterinarians from the equine hospital, are investigating the two confi...

Nationwide Scopings Indicate All Horses At Risk for Stomach Ulcers

From 2008 through 2010, Merial hosted gastroscopy events across the country as part of a study on gastric ulcers and the recently released results indicate that stomach ulcers are a threat to horses of all breeds and disciplines. Veterinarians scoped 3,354 horses, and more than 58% of them identified with some grade of stomach ulcer. In 2010 alone, 644 ho...

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