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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...

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.

Mares and Hormones

Many owners stand by the statement that there's nothing quite like a hard-trying, intelligent mare. But if you ask for her full attention and cooperation while she's showing signs of estrus (heat), good luck! Whether they're causing unsavory behavior in the show arena or preventing a broodmare from coming into estrus, a mare's hormones can...

Equine Performance and Psychological Factors Linked

Ever feel like your horse is in a bad mood? Well, according to a British equine behavior research team, you could be right. In fact, team members said, paying attention to all of horses' main psychological factors--temperament, moods, and emotional reactions--is key to ensuring their mental well-being and their success.

Fall Feeding Tips for Horses

As temperatures drop, horse owners should begin to make changes in their horse's feeding program in preparation for winter. But what alterations are needed? Here are some points to consider when preparing to adjust a nutrition program for the colder weather.

Sandy Forces Few Immediate Equine Evacuations

Superstorm Sandy, whose winds tore up the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., and flooded the New York subway system, seems to have immediately displaced more humans than horses. But the storm's actual impact on horse owners might not be realized for days, some emergency responders say.

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