Horse Health

Health news, veterinary advice, and educational tools to keep your horse healthy.

  • Stem Cells and Tissue Healing in Horses

    Mesenchymal cells. Aspirates. Autologous versus allogenic. What does it all mean? If you're a bit confused about stem cell therapy--an emerging treatment option for injuries in horses--you're not alone. These tiny treatment tools are complicated business and a challenge to grasp. At the 2011 North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Conferen...

  • Severe Weather Travel Tips for Horse Owners

    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.

  • Horses with Osteoarthritis Sought for Study

    The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking horses diagnosed with osteoarthritis to take part in a sponsored research study examining an arthritis treatment to learn if the product is effective in horses. Alicia L. Bertone, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, Trueman Chair in Equine Clinical Medicine and Surgery at OSU, will lead the study.

  • Researchers Explore Treating Arthritis at Molecular Level

    "Go small or go home" might be the new catch phrase at the Ohio State University's Comparative Orthopedic Laboratory, where researchers are examining a novel molecular approach to finding the cure for osteoarthritis (OA) in horses. The team recently completed a study using this molecular approach, and the preliminary results they obtained we...

  • Monitoring and Preventing Equine Proliferative Enteropathy

    As with many infectious diseases, it's preferable to prevent equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE) rather than treat it. This emerging disease, which is caused by the bacterium Lawsonia intracellularis and infects foals and weanlings worldwide, has placed significant financial burden on parts of the equine industry, but horse owners and managers can ...

  • EHV-1 Outbreak: One Additional Confirmed Case Reported

    Just one additional case of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) was confirmed yesterday in the outbreak that has killed a dozen horses and sickened many more. For a month, state and provincial animal health officials have been working to control the outbreak, which is believed to stem from horses that recently attended a national championship cutting competition...

  • Researchers Evaluate Steps for Diagnosing Cushing's Disease

    An earlier diagnosis for a horse often means a better prognosis for his recovery, but the reality with equine Cushing's disease has been that clinical signs are abundant before the diagnostic process begins. A team of researchers recently determined what they believe to be the ideal first step for diagnosing PPID early, however, and this could allow a...

  • EHV-1 Outbreak: New Cases Trickling In

    The equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak that captured the attention of horse owners and animal health officials across the nation continues to see new cases diagnosed; however, the rate at which these confirmed cases are cropping up has dropped.

  • Compounded Medications: Legal/Ethical Issues Webinar

    Compounded medications fulfill a critically important role in horse health care. While many of these tailored medications are prepared appropriately and lawfully, other compounds aren't what their manufacturers claim they are; several investigations have found that compounded medications can contain more or less active ingredient than intended, result...

  • New EHV-1 Case Confirmed, Not Related to Outbreak

    The Texas Animal Health Commission issued a press release late Friday (May 27) indicating that a new case of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) had been confirmed in the state; however, animal health officials do not believe that the new case is related to the ongoing EHV-1 outbreak.

  • Toxin Topic: Landscaping Plants to Avoid

    With gardening season upon us, many people also are starting to think about landscaping their homes and farms. Often, landscape plant choices are based on aesthetics and hardiness. However, with horses in the mix, plant toxicity is perhaps a more important aspect to consider. Even if owners plant trees, shrubs, and flowers well out of pastured or stalled ...

  • Diagnosing Neurologic EHV-1: Back to Basics

    Imagine the following scenario: Your horse has a fever. He's recently been exposed to a horse that tested positive for the neurologic strain of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). You call your vet, who comes out and swabs the horse's nasal passages and draws a tube or two of blood. A few days later you get a call confirming that your horse is positive ...

  • EHV-1 Outbreak: At Least Eight New Cases Reported

    Animal health officials today confirmed several new cases of neurologic equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) across the western United States and Canada. Now, two weeks after reports of EHV-1 positive horses first emerged following the recent National Cutting Horse Association's (NCHA) Western Regional Championship competition in Utah, the case count stands a...

  • Nitrogen Losses in Soil During Wet Weather

    The steady flow of wet weather in April has caused many farm managers to worry about nitrogen losses in their fields, especially in fields where nitrogen was applied prior to the rains. Fortunately, nitrogen losses might not be as bad as many producers expect, said Lloyd Murdock, PhD, extension soils specialist with the University of Kentucky College of A...

  • EHV-1 Outbreak: Additional Cases Reported Over Weekend

    More than two weeks after the conclusion of the National Cutting Horse Association's (NCHA) Western Regional Championships--held April 19-May 8 in Ogden, Utah--reports of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) confirmed cases continue to trickle in. The outbreak, believed to stem from horses that attended the NCHA competition, captured the collective attention ...

  • Equine Herpesvirus-1 Outbreak: Horse Owner Webinar

    The current outbreak of the sometimes fatal neurologic disease caused by equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in several Western states and Canada has generated widespread concern throughout the horse industry. How many horses are really affected in this outbreak? Is this a new, mutated form of the virus? What are the signs that tell you a horse has EHV-1? Will a...

  • EHV-1 Outbreak: Number of Confirmed Cases Rising

    It's been nearly a week since the first indications of a neurologic equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak began to surface, and the outbreak shows no signs of slowing down. Veterinarians have been confirming new cases of neurologic EHV-1 daily in the western United States and Canada. The National Cutting Horse Association's (NCHA) Western National...

  • Understanding & Practicing Biosecurity on Horse Farms

    Biosecurity is a big word that many livestock owners don't fully understand. Let's break it down: Bio means life; biology is the study of life; and biosecurity is a term that literally means securing life. In the agricultural context we often hear government officials talk about biosecurity with the U.S. food supply (i.e., protecting U.S. citizens...

  • Preakness Stakes Likely Not Affected by EHV-1 Outbreak

    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...

  • Neurologic EHV-1: The Top Five Things You Need to Know

    The neurologic equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) outbreak in the western United States has captured the attention of horse owners across the country and raised a few questions about just what this virus is and what it might do in this current outbreak. TheHorse.com enlisted the help of Paul Lunn, BVMS, MS, PhD, head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colo...

  • EHV-1 Outbreak: State Veterinarians Monitoring Closely

    The number of horses affected by the neurologic equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak in the western United States and Canada continues to rise. Since health officials identified the virus as stemming from involvement with the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Western National Championship competition, held April 28-May 8 in Ogden, Utah, the numbe...

  • EHV-1 Outbreak: More Cases Emerging

    Veterinarians are still working to determine the extent of a multi-state outbreak of neurologic equine herpesvirus (EHV-1). The number of horses confirmed or suspected to have EHV-1 remains on the rise, with several states reporting cases. A common point of origin for all the positive horses is the National Cutting Horse Association's (NCHA) Western N...

  • Multiple Western States Affected by EHV-1 Outbreak

    Veterinarians in several states are determining the extent of a possible equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak tied to cutting horses involved in a recent Odgen, Utah, championship show. Several animals that participated in the April 29-May 8 National Cutting Horse Association's (NCHA) Western National Championship were diagnosed with the neurologic f...

  • Regenerative Medicine Seminar for Horse Owners Scheduled

    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...

  • Neurologic Problems in the Foal

    Nothing disrupts the joy of foal ownership like the observation of potential problems: A disinterest in nursing, a depressed attitude, strange mannerisms, or seizures could mean a foal is suffering from some serious neurologic problems. During a presentation at the 2011 Western Veterinary Conference, held Feb. 20-24 in Las Vegas, Nev., Mary Rose Paradis, ...

  • Researcher: Current Equine Flu Vaccines Effective Against Foreign Strains

    As international horse transport becomes more widespread, some owners might wonder if the same equine influenza vaccines designed to protect horses from common domestic strains of the disease will also shield them from foreign strains they might encounter in other countries or even at large domestic horse shows. Researchers in Japan have determined throug...

  • Commentary: Nutritional Supplements for Horses: Where's the Science?

    Many owners don't think twice before feeding their horses nutritional supplements touted to solve issues ranging from metabolic and joint problems to insect control and behavioral vices. But in many cases the science behind the powders, pellets, and liquids that these horses consume daily is lacking due to research challenges. Thus, owners need to be ...

  • Signs of a Septic Foal

    There's nothing more exciting than watching a newborn foal scampering around a pasture with his dam. Conversely, there's nothing more heart-wrenching than watching a newborn foal fight for his life after being diagnosed with septicemia: the potentially deadly presence of bacteria or bacterial toxins in the bloodstream. According to Mary Rose Parad...

  • Equine First-Aid Kits Recalled

    A Wisconsin company is recalling their equine first-aid kits due to the possible contamination of sterile alcohol prep pads and iodine prep pads with an "objectionable organism" during manufacturing. In a letter sent to customers in April, Creative Pet Products asked owners of its Horse Aid kit to remove and dispose of any alcohol or iodine prep...

  • Researchers Examine the Secret Life of Equine Embryos

    A mare's pregnancy might not seem that complicated on the surface, but her relationship with the embryo and its adjacent parts--in total, the conceptus--is remarkably complex. In order to prevent early embryonic loss, the conceptus must interrupt her estrous cycle, signaling her uterus to create a receptive environment for attachment and growth.

  • EHV-1 Quarantine of Two New Jersey Farms Lifted

    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.

  • Long Toes in Horses: A Pain in the Butt?

    Your equine athlete's performance hasn't been blue ribbon-worthy as of late. Or maybe your broodmare's gaits are looking a little off kilter. Could long toes on the hind feet be to blame? According to the results of a recent study, the answer in some cases is yes and sometimes the solution can be very simple.

  • Do Horses Recognize Their People?

    Does a horse respond differently to "his person" as opposed to a stranger? The results of a recent French study indicate that horses use auditory and visual information to recognize specific people, and that they expect certain behaviors from those people based on previous experience.

  • Too Early to Establish Impact of Southern Tornadoes on Horses

    Something wicked this way came--a tornado outbreak involving more than 160 individual tornadoes, touching down from Mississippi all the up the East Coast. So far, at least 200 people are reported dead, the majority in Alabama. At present, the storm's impact on Alabama's equine population is undetermined.

  • Thoroughbred "Performance Genes" Further Examined in Study

    The genetics behind the athletic performance of Thoroughbred racehorses has been a popular area of research in the past few years. A large-scale study was carried out recently in Japan, the results of which corroborate those of previous studies: Identifying specific "performance genes" on equine chromosome 18 could identify the ideal distance fo...

  • Vaccination Reactions: Common, or Cause for Concern?

    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.