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  • Swelling Around the Hock - Symptons & Treatments
    1st May 2012
    Swelling Around the Hock -  By Dr Kevin Squire,  Garrards Horse & Hound Autumn 2012 In our opinion the hock is one of the most complex joints in a horse. There are 10 and sometimes 11 bones involved in what we call the hock joint, and these are arranged in four layers of joints; this complex joint structure is held together ... Read more
  • Report into Equine Drugs Released
    14th March 2012
    Illness and training injuries in racing and equestrian events are common, but appropriate treatment can be hampered by uncertainty about excretion and detection time for many theraputic drugs. A new report "The Pharmacokinetics of Equine Medications" provides information on 12 commonly used equine drugs including the time taken for each drug to reach its maximum concentration in the blood, its rate ... Read more
  • Dermatitis in Horses: Allergic and Infectious
    29th December 2011
    Dermatitis in Horses: Allergic and Infectious Article taken from:- Garrards - Horse & Hound, Spring 2011 Ann Rashmir-Raven, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, of Michigan State University, discussed the most common types of equine dermatitis and the best treatment options at the 2011 Western Veterinary Conference, held Feb. 20-24 in Las Vegas, Nev. Dermatitis--simply, skin inflammation--is relatively common in horses, whether its ... Read more
  • HIstopathology of Mares Aborting Due to Equine Amnionitis and Foetal Loss
    11th April 2011
    Histopathology of Mares Aborting Due to Equine Amnionitis and Foetal Lossby KH Todhunter and AJ Cawdwell-SmithRIRDC publication number 10/206 In September 2008, Equine Research News profiled the study Equine Amnionitis and Foetal Loss - the role of caterpillars, by AJ Cawdell-Smith and WL Bryden.  The research was a result of a spate of abortions in the Hunter Valley in 2004 which exhibited ... Read more
  • Hendra Virus Factsheet
    9th September 2010
    What is Hendra virus? Hendra virus (HeV) was first isolated in 1994 from an outbreak that occurred in a racing stable in the suburb of Hendra, Brisbane. Hendra virus is a cause of sporadic disease in horses and humans. HeV is a zoonotic disease, which means it can transfer from animals to people. Dealing with HeV involves important public health and ... Read more
  • Horse Biosecurity
    30th May 2010
    Dr Roger Paskin, Chief Veterinary Officers Unit, Biosecurity Victoria Biosecurity simply refers to common senes measures taken to prevent the transmission of disease - either between animals or between animals and man. Practising good biosecurity helps to ensure the health of both horses and their owners. The following biosecurity guidelines are taken from a DPI Agriculture Note written some years ... Read more
  • Don't Sweat The Small Stuff - The Importance of Sweating
    20th April 2010
    Article from Garrards Horse & Hound Autumn 2010 Why is sweating important for horses? The purpose of sweat is to maintain body temperature within normal, healthy limits.In order for the horse to sustain metabolism and derive energy required for movement, feed must be converted into fuel to feed working muscles and organs. The conversion of the feed into fuel is ... Read more
  • Sarcoid Treatment Breakthrough
    18th March 2010
    Taken from ANZ Bloodstock News The battle against sarcoids is forging ahead with the news that researchers in Scotland have succeeded in killing equine sarcoid cells using a technique known as gene silencing. The researchers are now hoping to obtain funding for clinical trials using the new technique, which could result in a more effective, non-toxic treatment for sarcoids. &... Read more
  • Night Vision In Horses Better Than Previously Thought
    28th September 2009
    Research shows that horses see better at night than we do. Dr Evelyn Hanggi and Dr Jerry Ingersoll, of the Equine Research Foundation in California, conducted a stud to see if horses could distinguish simple geometrical shapes under low light conditions. Firstly, they trained the horses to choose between two shapes - a circle and a triangle. If the horse ... Read more
  • Testing for Allergic Reactions
    28th September 2009
    Testing for Allergic Reactions Allergic diseases in horses most commonly affect the skin and the respiratory system. They are often treated symptomatically with corticosteroids or antihistamines. Nut if the allergen (the substance to which the horse is allergic) can be identified, it may be possible to develop a specific treatment. Perhaps the horse could be prevented from coming in contact ... Read more
  • Botox as a Laminitis Treatment
    23rd September 2009
    Botox as a Laminitis Treatment A new patented technique may help prevent some of the more serious complications of laminitis in affected horses. The Lameness and Laminitis study carried out by the United States Department of Agriculture found that in a one year period, 2 per cent of horses are affected with laminitis. About 5 percent of affected horses die or are ... Read more
  • Risk Factors for Gastric Ulceration in Thoroughbred Racehorses
    9th November 2008
    Risk Factors for Gastric Ulceration in Thoroughbred Racehorses By Guy D Lester, Ian Roberston and Cristy Secombe Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation May 2008 RIRDC Publication No 08/061 What the report is about? Gastric ulceration represents an important health concern to the performance horse industries. Economic impacts of this disease are difficult to quantify but include the costs associated with diagnosis, ... Read more
  • Back Pain in Horses - Expaxial Musculature
    27th October 2008
    Back Pain in Horses – Expaxial Musculature By Dr Catherine McGowan, Ms Narelle Stubbs, Prof. Paul Hodges and Prof. Leo Jeffcott Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation November 2007 RIRDC Publication No 07/118   Background Back pain and diseases of the spine and pelvis are significant problems in all types of performance horses, potentially causing poor performance, lost training days and wastage. ... Read more
  • Equine Laminitis - Current Concepts
    23rd September 2008
    Equine Laminitis – Current Concepts By Chris Pollitt Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation May 2008 RIRDC Publication No 08/062   What the report is about/aims Laminitis is caused by failure of the distal phalanx (coffin bone or third phalanx) to remain attached to the lamellae that line the inside of the hoof. Specialist intervention is required in the treatment of ... Read more
  • Maternal Metabolic Status and the Occurrence of OCD in Thoroughbred Foals.
    6th May 2008
    Maternal metabolic status and the occurrence of OCD in Thoroughbred foals.   Dr Caroline Foote, Equine Consulting Services   Equine Consulting Services, in association with the University of Queensland has commenced a major project funded by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation investigating the effect of maternal nutrition and metabolism on skeletal disease in growing foals. In a 1998 publication, ... Read more
  • AUSVETPLAN - Disease Strategy Equine Influenza
    3rd September 2007
    The latest AUSVETPLAN - Disease Strategy for Equine Influenza can be found at   For further useful information see;
  • Preventing the Spread of Equine Influenza
    29th August 2007
    Preventing the Spread of Equine Influenza   Please visit the NSW or QLD DPI for information on how to prevent the spread of EI. or
  • Stem Cell Therapy. The Future of Veterinary Care...
    18th June 2007
    STEM CELL THERAPY.  The future of veterinary care….. By Dr. David J. Murphy BVSc, Dip VCS, MS Stem cell research is at the forefront of modern day health science and receives considerable media attention because of the controversy surrounding it. When discussing embryonic stem cell research, moral questions are raised that evoke emotive arguments which tend to be ... Read more
  • Sand Colic - Prevention and Treatment
    21st March 2007
    Sand Colic – Prevention and Treatment The lengthy dry periods being currently experienced throughout Australia have seen an upsurge in the number of reported cases of sand colic. The following article from is dated 19 March 2007 and is relevant to horse owners in Australia. Over the past 25 years there have been great strides in both the ... Read more
  • Equine Heppesvirus (EHV-1)
    19th March 2007
    Equine Heppesvirus (EHV-1) A confirmed case of neurologic equine Heppesvirus-1 (EHC-1) at an equine hospital in Leesburg, Virginia U.S.A. has resulted in numerous hold orders at farms in Maryland and Virginia. These horses at the equine centre in Leesburg, VA, have shown neurological signs consistent with EHV-1 and are in isolation, the entire hospital has been quarantined with ... Read more
  • The Genetics of Coat Colour In Thoroughbred Horses
    18th February 2007
    The Genetics of Coat Colour in Thoroughbred Horses - Gary Gould This article on the website provides a guide to understanding the genetic principles and dispels many misconceptions about the coat colours of thoroughbred horses.       The full article can been seen on                 &... Read more
  • Rattles in Foals
    21st January 2007
    Rattles in Foals Officially known as rhodococcus equi – is one of the major causes of pneumonia in young foals. It is one of the most common diseases affecting foals and can be fatal. Faecal contamination and dust are thought to be the main causes of infection and Australia’s drought conditions have heightened the risks. So far no ... Read more
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
    9th January 2007
    Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy A new innovation in equine medicine appears to be one of the most promising new technologies to cross over from human medicine. This new innovation is known as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and is a successful new treatment for selected problems in horses. Used successfully to treat humans since the 1970’s, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been proven ... Read more
  • Modern Horse Dentistry
    17th December 2006
    Modern Horse Dentistry Being “on the bit” is desirable for most thoroughbred racehorses. This translates to constant bit pressure, constant tongue movement, and unfortunately very often constant discomfort and agitation. A racehorse’s mouth maybe extremely painful without affecting its racing ability, very often dental care is neglected. Even with the tools available today, comprehensive horse dentistry ... Read more
  • RIRDC - Equine Research News
    3rd December 2006
    RIRDC – Equine Research News Colic Survival The latest issue No.2/06 has a very interesting colic article titled - Risk Factors Determining Survival from Colic Surgery – The full article can be seen on the Rural Industries Research and Development website. This site contains many other research items applicable to the horse industry. You can track them down on:  ... Read more
  • Foetal Sex Determination Tests
    10th August 2006
    Foetal Sex Determination Tests A relatively new veterinary procedure is gaining wide acceptance in the world-wide thoroughbred stud industry. Scone veterinary surgeon Kevin Doyle is one of only a handful of vets who have specialized in this area of testing your mare to determine the foetal sex of the foal she is carrying. In the past very few mares in ... Read more
  • RIRDC launches two new publications
    29th June 2006
    RIRDC launches two new publications Two new publications worthy of mention have recently been released by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.   1. Plants Poisonous to Horses: An Australia Field Guide This book is a guide for horse owners to help them prevent plant poisoning in their horses. It clearly outlines the factors that influence the risk of plant ... Read more
  • Saving Nureyev
    17th May 2006
    Saving Nureyev by Kimberly S. Herbert This very interesting article was published in the October 10, 1987 Blood-Horse magazine. Modern surgical and recovery techniques, combined with meticulous care, have been the prescription that has brought Nureyev so far through an ordeal that would have spelled destruction for many other horses.   Dr. J.D. Howard, resident veterinarian for Walmac International (John T.... Read more
  • Stem Cell Therapy A Major Advance
    16th March 2006
    Stem Cell Therapy A major advance Adelaide-based animal health company Vet Biotechnology is in the process of satisfying the final regulatory requirements prior to marketing an adult stem cell therapy for the treatment of tendon and ligament injuries in horses. “This therapy offers the opportunity to regenerate tendons and ligaments by minimising scar tissue that leads to a poor ... Read more
  • Q & A with Dr Percy Sykes
    1st November 2005
    Q & A WITH DR PERCY SYKES Courtesy of Racetrack Magazine and Dr Michael Robinson of Randwick Equine Centre Few people have had as far reaching influence on horse racing in this country as Dr Percy Sykes.  The 85-year-old veterinarian began practice in Sydney in 1951, establishing P.E. Sykes & Partners (now the Randwick Equine Centre) out of his ... Read more
  • Goddam OCD's
    23rd August 2005
    Osteochondritis DessicansBone chips and other skeletal problems are common occupational hazards for both young horses and people who buy and sell them.Young horses are 500 to 1000 pound animals supported on legs with bones the size of broom handles.  More significantly these bones are not yet hard enough to withstand the stress and trauma of a training regimen that when ... Read more
  • Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome
    8th May 2005
    In the northern hemisphere spring of 2001, a disease of unknown origin caused thousands of mares in central Kentucky to abort their foetuses wiping  out approximately one-third of The States entire foal crop that year – or about2,700 foetuses. Hundreds of other mares produced sickly foals that later died – most of the mares never showed any sign of illness, ... Read more
  • Big Plans for Scone Vets
    21st August 2004
    BIG PLANS FOR SCONE VETS The Hunter Valley’s Scone Veterinary Hospital will, by mid 2006, be operating from a brand new multi million dollar building which will be “one of the world’s most advanced specialist veterinary facilities”. The new centre, which is to be built on 11 hectares of land on the northern outskirts of Scone, ... Read more
  • Commonly Asked Questions On Strangles
    30th April 2004
    COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON STRANGLES INTRODUCTION Equine strangles is the most important bacterial disease of members of the horse family (horses, donkeys, mules and zebras).  It occurs worldwide, at any time of the year, is highly contagious, and has been recognized for over 7 centuries.  It has been difficult over the years to explain the ability of the disease ... Read more