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University of Kentucky Pasture Evaluation Program Enjoys Continued Success

The University of Kentucky initiated its Pasture Evaluation Program in 2005, which has since grown along with its number of participants. Sponsored by the UK Equine Initiative, the program began in response to the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome epidemic that swept through Central Kentucky in 2001. The program has maintained several farms as regular clien...

Guidelines Help Former Racehorses Go from Track to New Careers

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has developed guidelines to help veterinarians and adoption groups successfully transition retired racehorses to new homes and new careers. "Transitioning the Retired Racehorse: Guidelines for Equine Practitioners, Adoption Organizations and Horse Owners" provides an overview of the common ...

Free Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A: Equine Dental Care

Recent extreme winter weather across the United States raises an important question--can your horse eat enough to stay warm? If he has dental problems, the answer might just be no. What dental problems commonly affect a horse's ability to eat comfortably, and how can they be prevented and treated? What kind of routine dental care should horses receive...

Epidemiology of R. Equi Foal Pneumonia (AAEP 2010)

One of the major foal diseases in the United States is Rhodococcus equi foal pneumonia. Responsible for the deaths of up to 30% of infected foals, it is a serious problem at many large breeding farms. Noah Cohen, VMD, MPH, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine & B...

Michigan Man Charged in Horse Killings

A Michigan man is charged with killing two horses, one of them his own, according to Ottawa County law enforcement authorities. The man suspected his wife and her horse's trainer were engaged in an extramarital affair.

Catastrophic Ocular Surface Failure in the Horse (AAEP 2010)

The soft, expressive equine eye holds a great fascination for horse lovers. And although it's normally a resilient structure, it's not immune from injury. At the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., Dennis Brooks, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVO, a professor of ophthalmology at of the University ...

Providing Nutritional Support for the Equine Skeletal System

Throughout a horse's life, bone adapts and changes continually in relationship to its environment. Osteochondrosis (OCD) is the failure of the bone to develop strong cross-linkage of collagen fibers (which affects the cartilage) and is most commonly caused by poor nutrition, mechanical trauma, and rapid growth, with nutrition being the most important....

TheHorse.com Receives Post-WEG Alltech 'A+' Award

Alltech, American Horse Publications (AHP), and the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists (IAEJ) are delighted to announce the recipients of the Alltech 'A+' Award, established to honor creativity, passion, and excellence in equine journalism with stories connected to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The post-Games media contest,...

Alltech's Annual Symposium Changes the Game in 2011

Whether in sports competition or the game of life, there are turning points that elevate the underdog to victory, redefining the anonymous as the unforgettable. In the face of mounting challenges, how does one identify and seize these pivotal moments to create a catalyst for success? In Lexington, Ky., from May 22-25, Alltech's 27th Annual Internation...

Compounded Pergolide Comparisons (AAEP 2010)

Systemic effects of equine Cushing's disease, a common malady in older horses, have been controlled well in many horses with daily administration of pergolide. Until 2007 this medication was available for off-label use--the human product was available for purchase. Then, the FDA-approved product was removed from the human pharmaceutical market. The pr...

Results of 2010 Maryland Equine Census Announced

County-level data collected from Maryland's 2010 Equine Census revealed an industry with assets valued at $5.6 billion and expenditures just under $513 million. There are approximately 81,000 equines in Maryland that are housed in over 16,040 locations around the state. The two largest equine counties are Prince George's and Baltimore at 9,000 and...

Russian Donkey Forced to Parasail has Died

According to a report from Horse and Hound, the Russian donkey Anapka--who was once the center of an international welfare controversy after she was attached to a parasail and flown over a beach as part of an advertising stunt--has died of suspected heart failure. Veterinarians believe the stress of parasailing might have led to the donkey's eventual ...

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