What’s Good to Put on a Horse’s Wound?
A look at various treatments and dressings.
Horses sometimes seem almost single-mindedly bent on hurting themselves, so proper wound care is an important part of any equine practitioner’s responsibilities. To help with those responsibilities, a seemingly endless number of products are said to help promote wound healing. Unfortunately, many of them lack evidence of safety or effectiveness, and some can even cause harm.
At the American Association of Equine Practitioners conference in December, Colorado State University’s Dean Hendrickson, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, gave a presentation on “What You Should and Should Not Put on Wounds,” from which most of this article is drawn.
Apr 28, 2016, 08:50
Foundation’s $10 million gift launches world-class horse hospital at CSU
Dr. Christopher Kawcak, director of CSU Equine Services, works with colleagues to prepare a patient for arthroscopic surgery.
A transformative gift of $10 million from the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation is launching plans at CSU to build a state-of-the-art equine hospital that will be among the world’s best in teaching veterinary students, promoting discoveries in equine medicine and providing specialty care for horses.
“We deeply appreciate this generous gift from the Johnson Foundation, and greatly value its leadership in supporting health and education across Colorado,” CSU President Tony Frank said. “The Foundation has been a dedicated supporter of university programs for more than 20 years, and this gift will provide a monumental step forward for equine veterinary medicine at Colorado State.”
Apr 28, 2016, 08:48
Miniature Horse Gets Artificial Hoof, New Chance at Life Thanks to CSU Vets
After Shine was attacked by a dog and his leg was injured to the point it needed to be amputated, veterinarians thought he would be a great candidate for a prosthetic.
After a dog attack, Shine the miniature horse was left with a mangled hoof and infection. If he had any chance of survival, he needed surgical amputation.
As Shine’s owners wrote on their crowdfunding page:
Apr 28, 2016, 08:45
What You Need to Know About Alternative Medicine for Equines
It seems like everyone in the horse world, from rescues to Grand Prix riders to amateurs, are turning to alternative therapies to treat their horses. And, if done correctly, they’re onto something. Alternative therapies can be an excellent way to keep horses of all kinds in top form.
If you’re looking to add alternative therapies to your conventional veterinary practice or have clients interested in finding an alternative practitioner, there are a few important things to know.
Alternative Medicines are Safe
Apr 28, 2016, 08:42
ASPCA Commends House Committee Vote to Prohibit Horse Slaughter in America
Appropriations bill will prevent horse slaughter operations from opening in the U.S. for FY2017 by eliminating funding for horse slaughter inspections
WASHINGTON—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today commends the members of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee for approving an anti-horse slaughter amendment to its fiscal year 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill. The amendment will prevent the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from using taxpayer dollars to inspect horse slaughter facilities, which is a requirement for their operation. The Farr-Dent Amendment, introduced by Reps. Sam Farr (D-CA) and Charlie Dent (R-PA), was passed in the full committee by a bipartisan vote and will effectively continue a ban on the gruesome horse slaughter industry on U.S. soil.
Apr 23, 2016, 12:40
2016 Zenyatta Colt Passes Away
Born on April 10th; Z's second War Front foal to pass away
The 2016 colt foaled by beloved mare Zenyatta has passed away, Lane’s End Farm announced via the Team Zenyatta website. The colt, by War Front, was born on April 10th. It was a healthy delivery for Zenyatta but the colt was born with meconium staining and was taken to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY for close evaluation. Sadly, the colt was unable to overcome complications of meconium aspiration syndrome, a condition that occurs when a foal inadvertently breathes amniotic fluid containing meconium into its lungs, either in utero or with its first breath after birth. The condition can cause respiratory distress and pneumonia.
Apr 23, 2016, 12:30
Reward Offered in Pony Abuse Case in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for hitting a nearly blind horse with a paintball gun more than 100 times and then abandoning her.
The Case: On March 14, cruelty officers responded to a call from New Holland Sales Stable after management discovered an abandoned horse, named Lily, on the property. Lily’s condition prompted the stable management and veterinarian to contact Lancaster County SPCA for assistance.
Upon arrival, cruelty officers discovered the 20-year-old Arabian/Appaloosa pony mix was blind in her right eye, had a low body condition score and a slight temperature. Lily was sore to the touch as a result of being shot with a paintball gun nearly 130 times.
Apr 20, 2016, 10:49
Nearly 30 Animals Rescued in Blaine County, Oklahoma
Following a week of free training provided to Oklahoma law enforcement agencies last month, The Humane Society of the United States was contacted by Blaine County Sheriff’s Department to provide guidance and support for the rescue of six horses and 22 cattle from two properties in Blaine County, Oklahoma.
On April 4, officers with the Blaine County Sheriff’s Department who participated in the training served a search and seizure warrant on these properties and found numerous deceased animals, as well as other animals in deplorable conditions. The 28 horses and cattle have been removed from the property by Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, an HSUS Safe Stalls partner, pending the final disposition of this case.
Apr 20, 2016, 10:47
Responsible Horse Breeding
Know your responsibilities when breeding horses
The availability of horse slaughter has allowed irresponsible breeding to grow unchecked in the horse industry, with American horses suffering terribly as a result. Some unscrupulous horse breeders produce far more foals each year than they can realistically train or sell, choosing instead to cull their herds by dumping their "excess" horses at auction. These breeders know these horses will likely be purchased by middlemen for foreign owned slaughter plants.
Apr 20, 2016, 10:44
Relinquishing Your Horse
We've got humane options if you can no longer care for your horse
From The HSUS Complete Guide to Horse Care
To thrive, horses require healthy amounts of food and water, adequate shelter and competent care. Horse owners must commit a great deal of time, energy, skill and money to ensuring their horses have everything they need to live a happy, healthy life of thirty years or more.
Any time a horse changes hands, he is at risk of being sold for slaughter. Local livestock auctions are frequented by middlemen who are looking to purchase young, healthy horses for foreign owned slaughter plants.
Apr 20, 2016, 10:42
Questions and Answers about Immunocontraception
What is immunocontraception?
Immunocontraception is a birth control method that uses the body's immune response to prevent pregnancy.
Why is The HSUS sponsoring research in immunocontraception?
The HSUS believes that immunocontraception may offer a humane, nonlethal solution to conflicts between people and wildlife in urban and suburban areas as well as a solution to local problems of animal overabundance. Immunocontraception can also help reduce the overproduction of captive animals in zoos and other facilities. In the future, it might play a role in controlling dog and cat overpopulation.
Apr 20, 2016, 10:36
Common Illnesses of Newborn Foals - What you need to know
Foals can face a range of health issues, from failure of passive transfer to neonatal encephalopathy.
Fortunately, most newborn foals hit the ground running, almost literally. While there are many foal veterinary problems, a few are more common than others. Interestingly, one of them has fascinating parallels with human autism.
Apr 20, 2016, 10:17
Soring Abuse Rewarded at Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration
An analysis of the results from the 2015 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration – the top event of the performance walking horse industry’s show circuit – demonstrates that owners and trainers continue to be rewarded for using abusive methods to achieve the high-stepping “big lick” gait.
Eight of the horses competing in the Celebration were sored at ThorSport Farm, according to a recent undercover investigation conducted by The Humane Society of the United States. During the investigation, wrapping samples taken directly from these horses tested positive for substances banned from the show ring under the federal Horse Protection Act, which prohibits the showing of sored horses. The HSUS presented all the evidence gathered during the investigation to the Rutherford County, Tenn., Sheriff’s Department on Aug. 3 for possible action under the Tennessee cruelty to animals statue, but to date local authorities have taken no action.
Apr 19, 2016, 11:56
New Robotic Lifting Device Works to Help Injured Horses
Researchers and engineers from the University of Saskatchewan have created a lifting device that provides mobility, weight distribution and support for healing horses.
This lift holds the potential to help horses recover more easily from injuries. Right: The equine lift research team, from left: students Alison Williams, Louisa Belgrave, Dr. Julia Montgomery and Dr. James Montgomery.
To help horses recover from limb fractures and other traumatic injuries, researchers and engineers from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, have created a robotic lift system for injured horses.
Apr 18, 2016, 11:34
NAHMS Equine Health Study to Continue
USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) has announced the launch of the second phase of its Equine 2015 Equine Health Study. This will conclude NAHMS third national study of the U.S. equine industry. Data collection will begin again in May and continue through September.
Apr 18, 2016, 11:14
$20 million donated for Colorado State stem cell research facility
Veterinarians, physicians will benefit from collaboration funded by horse health enthusiasts.
A rendering of the future Institute for Biologic Translational Therapies at Colorado State University. Image courtesy of Colorado State University.
An anonymous racehorse breeder has donated $20 million to Colorado State University to build a state-of-the-art regenerative medicine research facility, fulfilling a $65 million matching challenge from lead donors and fellow horse aficionados John and Leslie Malone, according to a release from CSU.
Apr 18, 2016, 10:36
Study: Horse's Behavior Can't be Determined by the Color of its Coat
The findings prove that chestnut horses aren't "crazy," but are bolder than other horses.
Does a particular color of a horse’s coat make it more prone to being “crazy?” That’s what researchers sought to find out, and discovered the coat has nothing to do with a horse’s personality.
Researchers, in their paper titled “The relationship between coat colour phenotype and equine behaviour: A pilot study,” published in published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science, asked horse owners to fill out a questionnaire that covered several sections, including:
Apr 18, 2016, 10:15
The Latest on Equine Health
A look at some of the Kester News Hour selections presented during the 61st American Association of Equine Practitioners annual convention.
With the slew of studies published in 2015 in addition to conferences, wet labs and other CE opportunities, staying abreast the latest and greatest in equine practice poses time-management challenges galore.
Rather than trying to invent your own DeLorean to travel through time to catch up, simply create an account at PROLibraries, an online resource for educational sessions. Organizations like the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) post sessions, such as the Kester News Hour (KNH), which can be downloaded and viewed at your leisure.
Apr 18, 2016, 10:13
Practical Application of Stem Cell Therapy for Soft-Tissue Injuries
As we know, soft-tissues are among the most commonly injured body part, and the type of work your patient is involved in often gets the ball rolling in achieving a diagnosis—DDFT, SDFT, suspensory, other. At the end of the day, the major problem with any injury to a ligament or tendon is that scar tissue forms during the healing process instead of the connective tissue that normally comprises those structures. As a result, healing times are long and reinjury is common, making both you and your clients frustrated to say the least. Enter: regenerative therapies.
Apr 18, 2016, 10:12
Fireproof Your Barn
Think twice about heating and cooling appliances
On a cold January morning three years ago, Jaran Rundahl of Coon Valley, Wis., watched helplessly as his 290-foot milking barn burned to the ground. With his sons' help, he was able to get 84 of 144 cattle out before the barn was engulfed.
"I have nothing but praise for the volunteer firefighters," Rundahl says of those who prevented the fire from spreading to his house, just 70 feet away.
Barn fires, with the death and destruction they inflict, are top of mind for just about any livestock owner — or they should be. Fire destroys more than 1,000 U.S. livestock and poultry storage facilities each year, notes the National Fire Protection Association.
Apr 18, 2016, 10:00