Erica Larson

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

Innovative Equine Assistance Program Founded in Georgia

An innovative new organization has been founded to assist horse owners who need help providing feed for their animals. Stamp Out Starvation (SOS) of Horses was founded in October by a group of Georgia equestrians who were all too familiar with assisting malnourished and mistreated horses.

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Tampa Bay Downs Mandates Piroplasmosis Testing

All horses staying or racing at Tampa Bay Downs in Tampa, Fla., during the 2010-2011 racing season will be required to test negative for equine piroplasmosis (EP) before admission to track stabling, according to a statement on the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association’s website.

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Researchers: Flexion Tests Target Fetlock Joint

In a closer look at the standard forelimb flexion test, researchers from Ireland and the Netherlands found that any forelimb lameness detectable with this method generally shows up in the fetlock joint. They also found that the exam can render a false positive result in this joint (indicating that the horse is lame when in reality he is not), depending on how much force is used when conducti

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Third Massachusetts Horse Dead from EEE

A third Massachusetts horse has died after being infected with Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). On Aug. 13 a 3-year-old horse from Lancaster, located in Worcester County, died after developing clinical signs of the illness the previous day. On Aug. 1 another Worcester County horse died after being diagnosed with the disease, and a Middleborough colt was euthanized on July 21 aft

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