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Top Equine Surgery Studies of 2012 (AAEP 2012)

Equine practitioners are undeniably busy individuals, making farm calls, caring for patients, and evaluating test results on a daily basis. To help veterinarians keep up to date on the most recent and relevant research, three veterinarians review the top studies in the fields of surgery, medicine, and reproduction at the annual American Association of Equ...

Comparing the Effects of Two Equine Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements

Omega-3 fatty acids have proven to be beneficial for horses with arthritis or other inflammatory conditions, but when it comes to choosing a supplement, which one is best? There are two sources of equine omega-3 fatty acid supplements--one derived from algae and fish oil and the other derived from plants. Recent research performed at Colorado State Univer...

Shock Wave Therapy Table Topic (AAEP 2012)

A group of very interactive veterinarians gathered for the table topic discussion on shock wave therapy at the 2012 American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Meeting, held Dec. 1-5 in Anaheim, Calif. Susan Johns, DVM, CVA, of Virginia Equine Imaging, and Scott McClure, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, associate professor of equine surgery at Iowa State Uni...

Simultaneous Ivermectin and Solanum Plant Poisoning in Horses

Ivermectin dewormer is considered safe for horses, even at up to 10 times the recommended dosage. But results of a recent case series documented by researchers at Texas A&M University (TAMU) revealed that horses consuming plants from the toxic Solanum (nightshade) family could be in danger of ivermectin poisoning, even when the anthelmintic is dosed a...

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.

Supporting a Foundered Foot with a W-Shoe

Foundered hooves often require extra support to help them heal and grow while also offering the horse pain relief. But, rarely is the hoof undamaged and easy to shoe after a laminitic episode, said Chris Gregory, MS, CJF, FWCF, of Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, Mo. For these cases Gregory employs a W-shoe custom made for the individual horse and ...

Udder Issues for the Mare

A few days after weaning your foal, you notice his dam's udder is hot and tender. While this veteran broodmare's udder has been quite large at weaning time before, she's never been so grumpy about having it touched. A veterinary examination confirms your suspicions: The mare has mastitis. Udder problems such as this are not terribly common, bu...

Inside the Womb

It takes one egg, millions of sperm (but only one really lucky one), 11 months, and a host of normal physiologic events to make a mare a mom. Also, on the owner's part, "there is a lot invested, both financially and emotionally, in producing a healthy foal," explains Igor Canisso, DVM, MSc, Dipl. ACT, a theriogenologist PhD candidate in the ...

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.

Suppressing Estrus in Mares

Even the quietest of mares can turn into a proverbial fire-breathing dragon during her estrous cycle, which can make riding, training, competing, or handling these horses a challenge for any equestrian. Fortunately, veterinarians have effective methods by which to prevent or lessen the effects of estrus in mares while still allowing them to have a second ...

Pre- and Probiotics for Horses

Feed digestion in horses is largely accomplished by microbial fermentation in the hindgut. The cecum and colon provide an environment that promotes the digestion and absorption of nutrients from fibrous products such as hay and beet pulp. Disrupting the microbe balance, due to mismanaged feeding practices or illness, can have detrimental effects on the ho...

Study Examines Osteoarthritis Formation after Fetlock Injury

A recent study carried out by a team of equine orthopedic researchers at the University of Guelph Comparative Orthopedic Research Laboratory took a closer look at post-traumatic osteoarthritis in horses. Specifically, the team evaluated whether or not single impact injury to the fetlock could progress to post-traumatic osteoarthritis or osteochondral dise...

New In-Shoe Sensor Helping Horses Stay Sound

Laminitis is not only one of the leading causes of disability and death in horses, it's also an important cause of emotional and financial turmoil for owners. And for veterinarians, predicting which cases are likely to resolve or have the potential to become disastrous and how best to treat a given case remains a real challenge.

Minnesota EHV-1: Two Horses in Stable Condition

Two horses are in stable condition while being treated for neurologic equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) at the University of Minnesota (UM) Large Animal Hospital, according to the treating clinician. Both animals--who reside at the same Wright County, Minn., farm--have tested positive for the virus since being admitted to the clinic this week. A third horse (t...

Veterinary Care for the Sport Horse

From the start of his career to the end, an upper-level equine athlete is constantly exposed to stressors that could negatively impact his health, including strenuous exercise and long-distance travel. But starting even before you purchase your next sport horse, there are steps you can start taking to ensure he has a long and healthy career.

Equine Grass Sickness Vaccine Pilot Study Announced

According to information contained on The Equine Grass Sickness Fund's website, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate has approved a pilot trial of a grass sickness vaccine. The study, being conducted in conjunction with The Animal Health Trust and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh, will include 100 horses and...

Composting as Carcass Disposal Option for Horse Owners

If you're into horse ownership for the long term, chances are you will someday have to deal with the death of a horse. Disposing of a large animal's carcass can prove challenging, but composting allows owners to dispose of their animals and at the same time naturally improve the soil conditions on their properties, according to Stephen Higgins, Ph...

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