Summer heat can be dangerous for horses, resulting in dehydration, lethargy, and general malaise. Severe heat stress can cause diarrhea, or even colic. But owners can take important steps to keep horses safe and comfortable during the hot days ahead.
A series of studies by researchers in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University suggest prevention is the best solution to prevent arthritis in young horses.
The idea for the nasal strip worn by Triple Crown contender California Chrome—patterned after a human version that deters snoring—occurred to equine veterinarian Ed Blach, DVM, MS, MBA, in the middle of the night.
Blasts of polar air across Kentucky made this winter one to remember for many, but experts say the Eastern tent caterpillars probably didn’t take notice.
The 1992 American Derby record setter The Name's Jimmy died March 7 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Ky.
A $2.7 million gift from Centaur Gaming will help Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine build the Centaur Regional Equine Diagnostic and Surgical Center in Shelbyville, Ind.
Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has signed a lease-buy agreement with Racebrook Capital Advisors, LLC, for the former Ruffian Equine Medical Center to establish Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists, a referral and emergency care hospital.
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has published the sixth edition of the Health and Safety in the Racing and Breeding Industry guide, commonly known as the "Red Book," the group announced Oct. 31.
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.
Equine veterinarians representing the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) On Call program will assist NBC Sports with horse health information during the Nov. 1–2 Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita Park, in Arcadia, Calif.
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.
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced Aug. 7 the conclusion of the investigation into the use of "Sungate," a veterinary product which contains stanozolol, an anabolic steroid and, therefore, a prohibited substance under the authority's rules of racing.
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) announced June 12 that there have been five confirmed reports of the neurologic equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in Thoroughbreds residing in Barn 1 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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...
Experts report that the Eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch for Central Kentucky will likely begin mid-March.
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is making final its interim rule regarding the importation of horses from countries affected with contagious equine metritis (CEM).
On Jan. 25, the members of the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) voted to lift the testing requirement for equine piroplasmosis (EP) at Indiana race tracks, beginning Feb. 1.
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...
Researchers at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences are launching a new clinical trial to investigate the use of a compound called resveratrol as a possible treatment to slow the progression of osteoarthritis, and they are seeking 40 horses to enroll in the study.
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) announced yesterday (Jan. 9) that Adam Chambers, DVM, has been named manager of veterinary services.
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.
University of Kentucky (UK) Ag Equine Programs will host a UK Equine Showcase Jan. 18 and the 4th Annual Kentucky Breeders' Short Course Jan. 19, both at the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, 1490 Bull Lea Road, Lexington.
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.
The British Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB), headquartered in London, England, has awarded £1.6 million in equine veterinary research and education grants in 2013, a rise of over 30% on the 2012 allocation.
The University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is pleased to announce that following an international search for a uniquely qualified candidate, Kurt D. Hankenson, DVM, MS, PhD, has been appointed as the first incumbent of the Dean W. Richardson Professorship in Equine Disease Research.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, located in the Netherlands, will have a second equine handling center starting in December, with the launch of a joint venture between handling agent Aviapartner and Dutch equine transport specialist European Cargo Services (ECS).
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.
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.
The Board of Directors of Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) has approved a grant of $11,323 for the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine New Bolton Center.
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...
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...
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...
On February 21, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule concerning the H-2B temporary guest worker program. This new rule, which will go into effect on April 23, will make significant changes to the way the H-2B program operates for all employers including those in the horse industry.
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...
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."
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.
The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) is providing coordination for the U.S. Equine Disaster Relief Fund to support horse owners affected by last week's tornadoes. The KHC has experience responding to equine crises through this fund and the Save Our Horses Fund.
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...
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Bruce Nelson announced Feb. 29 that equine operations that breed, raise, and sell certain types of horses are now eligible for loan assistance under FSA's emergency loan program.
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...
With cold and flu season approaching, you're ready to do everything in your power to reduce your chances of catching a cold. But how do you rate in keeping your horses safe from infectious disease?
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. ...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has named John Stick, DVM, the chief of staff at Michigan State University's (MSU) Large Animal Teaching Hospital, April's honored practitioner for the Good Works for Horses campaign.
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.
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.
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