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AQHA Adresses Reforms in Horse Racing Industry

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AQHA Adresses Reforms in Horse Racing Industry

AQHA is opposed to any federal legislation that would ban therapeutic medications, as well as race-day use of furosemide, and therefore continues to work with international, national and state racing organizations and commissions that are well versed in specific racing issues to evaluate protocols to allow for uniform medication rules and deterrents of performance-enhancing drugs. 

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Discuss Influenza Vaccinations With Your Vet

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Discuss Influenza Vaccinations With Your Vet

“There does seem to be some misconceptions regarding specific vaccines, especially the modified live vaccines. By far, the biggest concern I hear from horse owners is that their horse could potentially become sick from the modified live vaccine and they are concerned that their horse could then pass this disease onto other horses. I also hear concerns of unvaccinated horses becoming inadvertently vaccinated from a recently vaccinated horse within the herd.”

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Preventing or Treating Thrush in Horses

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Preventing or Treating Thrush in Horses

Thrush is the destruction of a portion of the horse’s hoof called the frog. This destruction is caused by an anaerobic bacteria and fungi that is not contagious. Thrush brings with it a recognizable, strong-smelling odor coming from the affected area. Although thrush is a somewhat common condition, it shouldn’t be underestimated. If left untreated, it may penetrate the sensitive structures of the hoof and cause temporary to permanent lameness.

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Taking Steps Towards Tendon Regeneration in Horses

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Taking Steps Towards Tendon Regeneration in Horses

Scientists have taken a step towards the goal of regenerating damaged tendons with the discovery that embryonic stem cells (ESCs) can produce “artificial tendon” in the presence of inflammation.

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Is Your Horse Misbehaving? Consider the Possibility of Stomach Ulcers

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Is Your Horse Misbehaving? Consider the Possibility of Stomach Ulcers

Two out of three competitive horses have them.1 Anywhere there is stress, stomach ulcers may be a risk. Stress comes from many sources, such as frequent trailering, intense training and loud, unfamiliar noises at the showgrounds. And it’s not just those that show. Non-competitive horses are also susceptible as 30 percent of pleasure horses have ulcers.3

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All IR/EMS Horses Have Some Degree of Laminitis

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All IR/EMS Horses Have Some Degree of Laminitis

Specifically, there is lengthening and thinning of the dermal lamellae that leads to weakening and predisposes to separation, with resultant white line widening, rotation, and sinking.  This occurs without the basement membrane damage and white blood cell infiltration characteristic of other types of laminitis.

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Guidelines For Rotavirus- Leading Cause of Diarrhea in Foals

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Guidelines For Rotavirus- Leading Cause of Diarrhea in Foals

“Foal diarrhea remains a disease of enormous significance to the horse industry,” said Dr. Dwyer. “Rotavirus is one of the most common pathogens in major breeding areas worldwide. Early recognition, diagnosis, treatment and biosecurity in cases of foal diarrhea are key to minimizing disease impacts to breeding farms.”

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Indiana Commission Approves Prohibiting Albuterol in Quarter Horses

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Indiana Commission Approves Prohibiting Albuterol in Quarter Horses

“It is frustrating as an owner to see abusers win races, then continue to be allowed to race,” she says. “I’m in favor of stiffer fines and penalties to discourage trainers from using both clenbuterol and albuterol.”

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Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals in Horses’ Environment Linked to EMS

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Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals in Horses’ Environment Linked to EMS

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals usually are man-made substances, found in products such as pesticides, plastics and personal care products. They are heavily prevalent in the environment and can mimic a body’s hormones, blocking real ones from doing their jobs. Because of this, they are known to produce harmful effects in humans and wildlife. Horses likely come into contact with EDCs through their food.

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How to Build a Low Maintenance Horse Barn

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How to Build a Low Maintenance Horse Barn

Traditional wood versus metal or modern products made from plastic or cement-board can require re-staining and repainting every 3 to 4 years. The recent advent of specialist urethane stains can provide a sincere benefit to minimizing the expense and labor required for this maintenance, so be sure to ask your barn builder about this option.

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