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  • Equine Arthritis, A Pain in the Joint

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · November 2, 2002

    Acute arthritis can be caused by injury or by bacterial or viral infection. Chronic arthritis is often osteoarthritis that results from the cumulative effects of day-to-day activity and stress. Old injuries, joint infections, and years of training and performance can all lead to the development of joint pain and stiffness. Poor conformation, hoof deformities, and problems with trimming or shoeing are other contributing factors. Probably there is some genetic influence also.

  • Cushing’s Disease Threatens the Health of the Older Horse

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · November 2, 2002

    Because of the predisposition for sole abscesses and laminitis, strict attention must be paid to hoof care. Regular trimming or shoeing at four- to six-week intervals is imperative. All attempts to reduce the likelihood of laminitis should be implemented, including gradual changes in diet and limited exposure to carbohydrate-rich spring pastures. On the veterinary front, regular deworming is paramount.

  • Cushing’s Disease Threatens the Health of the Older Horse

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · November 2, 2002

    Because of the predisposition for sole abscesses and laminitis, strict attention must be paid to hoof care. Regular trimming or shoeing at four- to six-week intervals is imperative. All attempts to reduce the likelihood of laminitis should be implemented, including gradual changes in diet and limited exposure to carbohydrate-rich spring pastures. On the veterinary front, regular deworming is paramount.

  • Preparing Young Horses for Sales

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · November 2, 2002

    The polished weanlings and yearlings and the athletic two-year-olds that grace the sales rings throughout the world today are slightly different from the horses that went before them. Technology and research have combined to provide consignors and buyers with a slightly different opinion of what constitutes good health.

  • MRLS Still a Conundrum One Year after Outbreak

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · November 2, 2002

    A constellation of the finest scientists-veterinarians, agronomists, toxicologists, arborists, nutritionists, entomologists, meteorologists, and epidemiologists from all over the world-remain baffled a year after the onset of the crippling economic and emotional war waged in central Kentucky and its surrounding lands, the mecca of Thoroughbred breeding.

  • Dental Care in Horses

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · October 29, 2002

    Some veterinarians provide dental treatment in addition to their other services. Others prefer to supervise a professional equine dentist who has the specialized training, equipment, and experience to complete the work quickly and competently.

  • Cleaning Horse Feed Tubs and Buckets

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · October 29, 2002

    Cleanliness inside the barn and out is very important to both your horse and yourself. Feed buckets, automatic waterers, and ground feeders require regular cleaning and attention.

  • Head Shaking May Have a Variety of Causes

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · October 29, 2002

    Have an equine dentist do a thorough oral exam to make sure the teeth do not have sharp points or edges that are irritated by the pressure or position of the bit. In young horses, the shallow-rooted wolf teeth sometimes interfere with the bit and can easily be removed by a dentist or veterinarian.

  • Is My Horse the Right Size?

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · October 29, 2002

    How can a rider decide what size equine is right? To answer this question, it is necessary to consider several factors about both the rider and the horse.

  • Q&A: Training Endurance Horses

    By KER Staff · October 27, 2002

    <p> How are endurance horses trained to compete in 100-mile races?</p>

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