A new television commercial airing in Montana is raising quite a stir in the New Year. The commercial, produced by the Montana Department of Transportation, essentially aims to encourage the use of designated drivers. News...Read More
Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.
Articles by Erica Larson
Equine piroplasmosis (EP), which is classified as a foreign animal disease, has made several appearances in the U.S. over the past few years, and it’s causing concern at racetracks around the nation–the main locations at which EP has been diagnosed.Read More
The extreme flooding in Queensland, Australia, has reached what some reporters are calling “biblical proportions.” The still-rising water now covers an area as large as France and Germany combined, according to a report on the ABC Brisbane website. The damage from the water (which could rise to 30 feet or more) is expected to exceed $1 billion, according to the U.K.-based Telegraph.Read More
The horse racing industry is continuously working to make the sport safer for all parties involved, and in 2008, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) mandated the use of synthetic track in an attempt to reduce the number of catastrophic injuries that took place on California racing surfaces. To see if the switch was a success, Rick Arthur, DVM, the equine medical director of the CHRB,Read More
A new fund has been established at the Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) to help support research related to diagnosing equine dermatology problems. The fund was created in memory of a horse who was euthanized as the result of a minor scrape on his fetlock.Read More
According to a report filed by the New Zealand-based website Horsetalk, Icelandic authorities will discontinue export quarantine protocol for an upper respiratory tract infection that plagued the island nation earlier in 2010. According to the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST), authorities halted the export of horses from Iceland from May 1 to Sept. 14 to prevent the spread of theRead More
The holiday season is once again upon us! Here at our home office in Lexington, Ky., we are fortunate enough to be celebrating a white Christmas this year. Today, we are spending the day with our families (both two- and four-legged!), and we hope you are doing the same. Our goal all year long is the bring you the latest and most informative horse health care information, and we sincerely appreciatRead More
Equine welfare and the growing population of horses needing homes are quickly becoming some of the major challenges that veterinarians face on a daily basis, according to Tom Lenz, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, chairman of the Unwanted Horse Coalition, who delivered the keynote speech, entitled “Horse Welfare Wars: When Emotion and Fact Collide,” at the 2010 Annual American Association of EquineRead More
A second horse from New York-based racehorse trainer Chris Englehart’s string has tested positive for equine herpesvirus (EHV) in the wake of a 4-year-old Thoroughbred filly contracting and subsequently being euthanized as a result of the disease.
A Maryland horse rescue has launched a clever fundraising effort that some might say takes the cake. Days End Farm and Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, Md., have teamed up to offer one lucky eBay bidder the opportunity to spend an afternoon with the stars of the Food Network’s hit television show Ace of Cakes, Duff Goldman and Geof Manthorne.