Author's Articles

A case for cold storage

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
A new study suggests that the way manure samples are stored can have a significant impact on the accuracy of fecal egg counts. Fecal egg counts, which indicate a horse’s parasite... READ MORE

Eating on the go aids weight loss

by Christine Barakat
Australian researchers have developed a feeding system that helps horses lose weight by adding exercise to mealtime.  The “dynamic feeder” is designed to compel horses to walk... READ MORE

What your horse wants you to know about nosebands

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
A noseband tight enough to immobilize a horse’s jaw can cause measurable stress, according to new research from Australia. Researchers at Kandoo Equine in New South Wales and the... READ MORE

The danger of marsh mallow

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
An herb that is increasingly popular among urban foragers has been linked to fatal heart and muscle disease in horses. Marsh mallow (Malva parviflora) is native to southern Europe, North... READ MORE

Surprising findings about rare navicular condition

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
A new study suggests that a rare malformation of the navicular bone that often results in chronic lameness is congenital rather than related to wear or injury. Researchers from Utrecht... READ MORE

A Survivor's Tale

by John Wright
Fresh from show-ring triumphs, a mare’s life suddenly hangs in the balance when a small lump turns out to be an aggressive type of cancer. READ MORE

An easier test for tapeworms

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
In the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, a simple saliva test can now be used to identify tapeworm infections in horses. Fairly common in horses, tapeworm infestation can cause... READ MORE

Additional approval for leptospirosis vaccine

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
The only vaccine currently available to protect horses from leptospirosis recently received additional approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in mares in all three... READ MORE

How your horse tells you what he wants

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
New study shows that horses are capable of using a mode of communication often used by dogs. READ MORE

An easier way to diagnose EHV-5 lung infection

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
Researchers at the University of California–Davis have developed a new way to diagnose a sporadic lung infection associated with equine herpesvirus-5. Equine multinodular pulmonary fibrosis... READ MORE

New cause of glaucoma in horses

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
A new cause for glaucoma in horses is documented in a recently published research paper. The paper describes the cases of five horses referred to veterinary clinics in various parts of the... READ MORE

Reassuring findings about vaccine administration

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
New research from Ireland suggests that vaccines against equine0 influenza virus (EIV) and equine0 herpesvirus types 1 and 4 (EHV-1/4) can be given to a horse on the same day without... READ MORE

A Reliable Source

by Christine Barakat
In an era when misinformation spreads rapidly, the Equine Disease Communication Center provides the horse world with vital news about disease outbreaks. READ MORE

Surgery to prevent colic?

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
A simple surgical procedure can reduce a horse’s risk of developing a common type of colic, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center.... READ MORE

Exercise your horse to reduce his stress

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
New research from Korea suggests that exercise reduces stress in horses, just as it does in people. Researchers at the Jeju National University divided 61 horses into three groups: those who... READ MORE

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