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Causes of bizarre gait abnormality in horses investigated

California researchers found that "sidewinder" syndrome is associated with a variety of equine conditions and injuries.

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Two Massachusetts horses test positive for strangles

The highly infectious bacterial disease spreads through direct contact, making biosecurity crucial in preventing outbreaks.

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First use of CRISPR in horses

Researchers have "edited" the genes in an equine embryo, raising the possibility of producing horses with custom-designed DNA.

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Surgery improves mare behavior

New research suggests that removing a mare’s ovaries can have a positive effect on her behavior.

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3 ways to prevent blanket injuries

Protect your horse from common blanket-related problems this winter with these simple measures.

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Susceptibility to "kissing spines" in horses may be genetic

Some horses may inherit a tendency to develop the condition commonly called kissing spines.

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Can CBD help your horse?

Here's what you need to know about this new and growing segment of the equine supplement marketplace: cannabidiol (CBD) supplements for horses.

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The equine contribution to the new CoVID-19 vaccine

An equine West Nile Virus product was a forerunner of the new CoVID-19 vaccine.

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Ventura County, California barn under quarantine after mare with neurologic signs tests positive for EHV-1

32 horses are potentially exposed, but no new cases have been identified.

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Reassuring findings about PPID drug

Researchers report that a case of pergolide overdose resulted in only minor, temporary effects.

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Troubling side effect of heaves discovered

New research from Canada suggests that the failure to control respiratory disease in horses puts them at risk for heart failure.

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Facility in Pierce County, Washington under quarantine due to equine influenza

This is the eighth facility in the state to quarantine due to the virus in two months.

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Getting ready for winter? Don't forget your trailer

When winterizing your farm and property, don’t overlook one crucial step: making sure your trailer is ready to go.

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Three things to do for your arthritic horse this winter

Just as your own joints may ache more in the winter, older, arthritic horses feel the cold more than their younger herdmates. But you can help keep them comfortable.

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Tips for preventing winter weight loss

Older horses often drop weight during the winter but they don't have to. Here's how to head off problems.

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Tips for keeping your older horse warm and healthy this winter

Older horses don’t necessarily have more trouble keeping warm than do their younger herdmates, but if they do get chilled the consequences can be more significant. Here’s how to fend off the cold..

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A Global Outlook on Equine Nutrition

Equine nutrition researcher Gulsah Kaya Karasu, DVM, travels the world to help improve the diets—and welfare— of horses.

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Identifying 'silent' strangles carriers

New research suggests that screening practices can help identify seemingly healthy horses carrying pathogens that can infect herd mates.

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Farm in Washington State quarantined due to equine influenza

Vaccination and biosecurity measures can help protect horses who travel as well as those they may infect when they return home.

If horses consume the bodies of infected aquatic insects while grazing or drinking, they may develop Potomac horse fever.

Potomac Horse Fever case diagnosed in Kentucky

The gelding, with an unknown vaccination history, began showing signs in late August.

Research has shown that the reservoir for the bacteria that causes pigeon fever is the soil. Flies then transmit the bacteria from horse to horse.

Five cases of pigeon fever reported in Washington State

This bacterial infection, spread by stable, horn and houseflies, is becoming more common as weather conditions change.

Researchers found no correlation between coat color and behavior, but did find some behaviors—such as being hard to catch—were more common among horses of a particular gender.

To predict laminitis risk look at a horse’s neck

A cresty neck is a reliable indicator of increased risk for metabolic syndrome and associated laminitis in horses.

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Some horses have a taste for sand

Researchers have found that some cases of sand colic because horses actually like to eat soil, rather than ingesting inadvertently as previously thought.

Strangles can be passed from horse to horse by direct contact.

Two Washington State farms quarantined due to equine influenza virus

The highly contagious viral disease is spread via airborne droplets exhaled by infected horses or contact with contaminated surfaces.

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Are you setting your horse up for bad behavior?

Research shows that confinement, feeding practices and other lifestyle factors can make a horse more likely to develop undesirable behaviors.

Scientific studies support the fact that horses who spend more time on pasture are less likely to colic than those who are kept in stalls.

What every horse needs after colic surgery

Post-op physical therapy helps horses recovering from colic return to work more quickly and perform better.

A little preparation can go a long way in helping horses not only tolerate winter weather but actually enjoy it.

4 ways to get your older horse ready for winter

Do these commonsense measures now to help keep your horse happy, healthy and sound no matter throughout the cold weather months.

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Your 4-point horse vaccination refresher

Take some time to revisit the ins and outs of equine immunity and determine whether your vaccination routine is still providing the best possible protection for your horse. .

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Tracking equine coronavirus

A virus from the same family as COVID-19 may have been quietly traveling among the U.S. equine populations for the past 10 years.

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The latest research on muscle disorders in horses

Researchers have made great strides in understanding the various forms of tying up and how best to help susceptible horses.

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Best beddings for horses with heaves

Turnout is usually best for a horse with chronic respiratory problems but if you have to keep him in a stall, some beddings are better than others.

Hooves grow more slowly in winter than at any other time of the year.

3 winter hoof care tips

Here's how the season ahead can affect your horse's hooves and ways you can keep them healthy and sound.

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Winter footing hacks for horse keepers

Do these 4 things to keep snow, ice or mud from making your horse miserable or ruining your rides.

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5 tips for keeping your horse healthy this winter

Here’s how to keep your horse safe, healthy and comfortable even during the coldest days of the season.

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A surprising clue to your horse's personality

Researchers from Germany have discovered a simple way to determine whether a horse is an optimist or a pessimist.

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Another way to calm your horse

Researchers discover that certain scents can help horses to relax.

Reassuring findings about prednisolone

A new study finds that the commonly used glucocorticoid does not make horses susceptible to laminitis.

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Good news about life after colic surgery

Colic surgery may temporarily sideline a horse but it’s unlikely to end his career, according to a new study from Finland.

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Championship care

Two eminent veterinarians discuss how advances in the management and care of top racehorses have ultimately improved the lives of all horses.