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Rein Tension Study by Ashley Davenport

Download the Paper as a PDF Rein Tension During Trot and Canter in Dressage Horses of Varying Levels Ashley Davenport, B.K. Hull, D.S. Hanson, J.G. Davis, and A. Roy, Young Harris College, Young Harris, GA 30582 26 June 2015  Abstract The dressage horse uses a combination of balance, suppleness, power, and obedience throughout all levels […]

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Equine Cushings Disease or PPID

Equine Cushings disease is also known as Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction because tumors form in the middle portion of the pituitary gland. The presence of these tumors does not seem to cause any problems. However, they stimulate the release of pituitary hormones. One of these is ACTH (Adrenal Cortical Stimulating Hormone) which causes endogenous release […]

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Barn Fires

A recent report stated that electrical problems and human error accounted for 80% of all barn fires. A more disturbing statistic was that most barn fires are fully involved within 3-5 minutes. Fully involved means the fire is out of control and smoke production is at dangerous levels. This window will allow the rescue of […]

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Dr. Scot’s Food for Thought

We usually think that a mare (or Stallion) that is successful in their athletic career is a good candidate for the breeding shed. After all, success breeds success doesn’t it? I would submit that this may not always be the case. It is worth considering what it took to get and keep them at top […]

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So What is a Coggins Test Anyway?

The Coggins Test is named after its developer Dr. Jack Coggins. This test was developed to screen for Equine Infectious Anemia. (EIA) EIA, also known as swamp fever, is a chronic wasting disease. Clinical signs include intermittent fever, depression, progressive weight loss and weakness, and of course, anemia. Horses may also be infected but be […]

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New USEF Rules

USEF has passed two new rules concerning horse welfare. The first rule concerns the use of the following drugs: Dexamethasone, Ketoprofen and Methocarbamol. The dose for Methocarbamol and Ketoprofen is unchanged, but may not be administered within 12 hours of competition. The dose for Dexamethasone has been reduced from 20 mg/1000 lbs. to 10 mg/1000 […]

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DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOUR HORSE!

Often we never find out how our horses manage to injure themselves. In this case, the cause was evident. The pictured wound occurred on the ends of hog wire used to front the stall. Most likely this horse was rubbing and managed to create a laceration. A simple board placed over the ends of the […]

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Benner’s Fateful Snack

Benner had nice home in the paddock he shared with his stablemate. One stormy night brought him a fateful snack. The high winds blew a tree down into his paddock. Benner did not know this particular tree was not good for him — in fact it was highly toxic. The tree that was blown down […]

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Lyme’s Disease

Lyme’s disease is caused by the organism Borrelia Burgdorferri.  This disease is most commonly transmitted by the deer tick during a blood meal.  Small rodents serve as the reservoir for these bacteria.  The tick feeds on the rodent and then transmits it to the horse (or human) the next time it feeds.  It is felt […]

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Hoof Care

The majority of all lameness cases seen can be traced to the foot. For this reason, good hoof care is an extremely important part of any horse care, but is especially important for the equine athlete. Diseases of the foot, such as laminitis or navicular syndrome, can be devastating for the horse. Even minor problems, […]

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