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High-Tech Tools Uncover Cause of Mustang Deaths

Forensic scientists solved the mystery of what killed a large portion the the wild mustang herd in southern Nevada using a technique called stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry. In July 2007, 71 horses of the 250-head herd of wild horses were…

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Beat Botulism

Botulism is largely avoidable, but immediate veterinary treatment could help save an affected horse’s life.

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Avoid Moldy Corn in Horse Feed

Farmers across the Midwest struggled last year to harvest their crops in what turned out to be an unseasonably wet autumn. These conditions led to reports of widespread mold in this year’s corn crop. Moldy corn is a hazard for all species o

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Grazing Horses in Moderately Polluted Areas

Horses might serve as good management tools for pastures moderately polluted by trace elements, according to Spanish researchers. And provided the animals receive adequate, systematic monitoring through biological sampling, they can be kept on

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Euthanasia Drug Found in Carcass Compost

Composting is one option for disposing of a horse carcass after euthanasia. Researchers at West Texas A&M recently conducted a study to determine if residues of sodium pentobarbital might remain in compost as a potential environmental hazard

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Aluminum Phosphide Poisoning

Aluminum phosphide is an indoor fumigant used to kill insects in most, if not all, of the stored grains we and our horses are exposed to. Like most pesticides, it can cause major problems in unintended species when used incorrectly.

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Fifth North Carolina Horse Dies of Unknown Toxin

A mystery toxin killed a fifth horse in western North Carolina in November. Veterinarians now suspect this case might be due to the same substance that caused the death of four other horses earlier that month.

The fifth horse was

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Supplement Safety

Standards help to ensure, manage, and effectively monitor risk of use for products and ingredients for horses.

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