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.