Choke is the most common disorder involving the esophagus in horses. Horses can become choked on many different substances, most commonly grain or hay, but also beet pulp, corn cobs, and apples.
Twins occur a little more commonly in the Thoroughbred than in other breeds. Approximately 20% of ovulations in Thoroughbred mares are double ovulations.
Scientists at the University of California-Davis have uncovered new information that might explain why horses bleed internally when they exercise.
How much of a horse's athletic ability is due to genetics?
Narcolepsy is a rare and severe sleep disorder that has been reported in many mammals, including horses.
What traits enhance an equine athlete's potential for speed and stamina?
What you feed your mare is important to the health of her foal.
Digital radiography, which also is known as computerized radiography (CR), is becoming more common in equine veterinary clinics around the country.
The term "cataract" only means that there is an opacity to the lens of the eye. That opacity might be a very small spot on the lens or encompass the entire lens.
The National Veterinary Services Laboratory recently confirmed two additional equine clinical cases of West Nile virus (WNV), one in New Jersey and the other in New York. The New Jersey case involved a 4-month-old colt, the youngest horse ever known to have developed clinical illness due to WNV in the U.S.
Most equine births are uneventful, but there are some steps you can take to make sure your mare's labor and delivery are safe and successful.
A recent study showed that horses with wide jaws are not necessarily more successful athletes than their narrow-jawed counterparts.
The Morris Animal Foundation is funding 14 new equine health studies during its 2001 fiscal year that will focus on colic, digestive tract disorders, foal diseases, genetics, infectious diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, pain management, and surgery.
Different workloads, stages of growth, pregnancy, and lactation require different dietary configurations for the horse. To meet those needs, horse owners often want to use supplements. However, you should realize that supplements could cause more problems than they solve, writes Dr. Joseph J. Bertone in the February edition of The Horse.
Perinatal or neonatal asphyxia is a syndrome caused by decreased oxygenation of a foal's tissues during the birth process.
Fillies mature sexually as early as the yearling year, but it can depend on the season.
If imprinting is done correctly, a foal will be much less likely to resist such things as shoeing and having its ears clipped. However, there are some equine behaviorists and veterinarians who aren't convinced that the procedure is a good idea in theory, or in practice.
Researchers at the United States Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis., recently discovered that West Nile virus can be passed from bird to bird in a laboratory setting without the bite of a mosquito.
The twitch provides minimal restraint and it also is mildly aversive, directing the horse's attention away from veterinary or breeding shed activity.
Proximal suspensory desmitis is a common injury in equine athletes. It can affect both the front limbs and the hindlimbs, but it is most often seen in the front legs of Thoroughbred racehorses, according to Dr. Rick Arthur, a veterinarian who practices at Southern California tracks.
Mares, as a rule, are excellent mothers to their offspring, but abnormal or inadequate maternal behavior does occur in rare instances.
Dryland distemper usually is associated with very deep abscesses and multiple sores along the chest and midline.
A $1.2-million gift to the Center for Equine Health at the University of California, Davis, will be used to support a basic scientific study of communicable disease.
Laminitis is a condition that, once observed, should be treated immediately.
The results of a landmark, three-year study on radiographic changes in Thoroughbred yearlings will be presented during the American Association of Equine Practitioners annual convention.
In a well-conformed, well-built horse, the barefoot state is the most natural situation and probably the healthiest, depending on the work the horse is asked to do. But taking the shoes off a horse and leaving them off is not a good idea for every animal.
A certain amount of distress is a normal part of life in animals that have social attachments or home territory.
The main advantage of treadmill tests is the ability to monitor closely the horse during exercise. More sophisticated measurements, such as oxygen consumption and gait analysis, can be made.
Conformation in horses should be evaluated carefully, and all good judges, veterinarians, and horse owners should have a system to prevent missing any aspect.
Through a series of clinical studies and observations the past 10 years, researchers at Cornell University in New York have discovered that a vitamin E deficiency is the cause of equine motor neuron disease (EMND).
Teeth grinding is almost always associated with physical pain or discomfort, probably of a fairly high degree.
The first International Workshop on Equine Chronic Airway Disease was held in mid-June at Michigan State University.
Since a horse's skin is his largest organ, and the only one you can inspect in total, use it to determine his overall health.
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