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Insidious Sand Colic

Horses living in gritty desert climates, such as Nevada, are at high risk of developing sand colic. Owners can reduce that risk with some simple management solutions.

In 2011, cases of EHV-1, or equine herpesvirus-1, were rampant following two large events held in Utah. This May, several confirmed cases of EHV-1 have surfaced in Mississippi, Colorado, Tennessee and Kentucky.

As everyone knows, horses sometimes can be difficult to deworm. Here’s how Rex Blackwell, horseshoer and Equine Muscle Conditioning instructor, Wickenburg, Arizona, gets the job done.

We couldn’t step you through the pre-purchase process (described in this month’s print feature, “9 Things You Don’t Know About Pre-Purchase Exams”) because no veterinarian uses exactly the same procedure. They’ll all be equally thorough in their own way. Dr. Ed Murray outlines his procedure, giving you a glimpse into the process. Allocate two to four hours for this evaluation.

In the July 2005 issue of Western Horseman, Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association tie-down roper Mike Hadley of Canon City, Colorado, shared his equine fitness regimen. In addition to ensuring his horses are physically fit for competition, Hadley also takes care to ensure they eat well and have a comfortable environment in which to live.

Here’s a list of the most common veterinarian-recommended vaccines, The May 2004 Western Horseman print feature “Viable Vaccinations” offered veterinary advice on vaccine types and technical know-how.

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ImageAs the first performance clones become adults, the equine industry will soon see if the genetic twins can truly live up to their originals. And while the cloning procedure has raised some eyebrows among industry veterans, owners are lining up for the chance to preserve their horses’ genetic influence.

The black foal nursing at the Paint mare’s side doesn’t look like a four-legged outlaw, the equine equivalent of Billy the Kid. He doesn’t look like he has the potential to transform into an explosion of horseflesh that can slam the most experienced rodeo cowboy into the dirt.

But his genes say he does.

Now that horses can no longer be slaughtered for human consumption in the U.S., the horse industry is feeling the effects: experts point to a drop in the market, welfare groups are finding homes for more unwanted horses, but thousands more are heading for slaughter plants across the border.