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Equine Summit Tackles Competitive Horse Health Care

The Well-being of the Competitive Horse was one of three major industry issues addressed during the Kentucky International Equine Summit.

Today’s summit agenda was comprised of panel discussions entitled:


  • The function

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Equine Locomotor Pathology Group Moves Toward Certification

The International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP) held the first of its second series of lectures earlier this month. Around 100 veterinarians attended the weekend course hosted by Virginia Equine Imaging and led by Jean-Marie

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Service Pony Recovers from Health Crisis

Thanks to the skill and kindness of several Texas veterinarians, a blind woman’s assistive guide pony is recuperating from serious illness.

Trixie is a nearly 14-year-old Pony of the Americas mare, and she has been Tabitha Darling’s service

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How to Block the Ear

A few horses out there like to have their ears rubbed, but many are tolerant of ear handling at best, and violently ear shy at worst. When these horses need to have veterinary work done around their ears, such as biopsies or stitching of

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Commentary: Working With Your Veterinarian

“Please help! My 10-year-old Quarter Horse has been down in the pasture for two days and won’t get up. What should I do?”

“A week ago I saw my horse bitten by a skunk in broad daylight. I dressed the wounds, but after searching the internet

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Readers Respond: Breeding Barrier

More than 1,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, “Have you ever had a veterinarian perform a Caslick’s procedure on a mare?


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Examining the Equine Eye

The best equine test for vision is the “dazzle reflex,” a sensitive test for retinal function. An observer watches to see if the horse squints in response to shining a bright light into the injured eye.

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Rural Areas Face Veterinarian Shortage

Bill Bennett has spent 45 years feeding and herding 2,500 cattle on his rolling eastern Washington ranch. He’s also had to act as a doctor because he’s unable to find a veterinarian who will come to his rural spread.

He’s not alone, as

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Dealing with Emerging Infectious Diseases

Scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about the marked and persistent development of emerging infectious diseases–infections that are new to a population or geographic area, have appeared more frequently, or have become more virulent (abl

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AVMA President Testifies on Looming Vet Shortage

The president of the nation’s largest veterinary association appeared before a Congressional subcommittee Feb. 7 and urged the United States Department of Agriculture to implement a long-standing but dormant program that would help address a

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Emergency C-Section




With the right care, mare and foal can survive this critical event.



The first step in the decision to do a Caesarean section is that all other forms of help have been exhausted. Often,

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