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Piles of grass clippings are no treat for your horse

shutterstock_76693243Are you tempted to cut your grass, then rake it into soft, fragrant, tasty piles of clippings for your horse to nibble? According to equine nutrition expert Dr. Juliet Getty, this should be the last thing you encourage your horse to eat. It has to do with that extra step: raking.

Grass clippings that stay on the pasture after mowing, where they can dry in small amounts, are generally not a problem. But never gather them into piles to feed them to your horse. Here’s why:

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Neogen sponsors Whole Horse Wellness Seminar open to farriers, vets

ownerandhorse_blogThe invitation is open to veterinarians, vet technicians and farriers for the Whole Horse Wellness Seminar, presented by Kinetic Vet, to be held July 22-23. Experts and lecturers from across the country will be convening at The Jaeckle Centre and Equine Performax in Thompson Station, Tenn., for the event. Walk-in registrations will be accepted.

This two-day seminar will be worth 15 continuing education hours (pending) and will focus on the whole horse. World-renowned speakers, sponsored by the industry’s leading manufacturers in their field, will feature topics including podiatry, dermatology, immunology, rehabilitative therapy, botulism and much more. Lunch will be provided, thanks to generous sponsors. Continue reading Neogen sponsors Whole Horse Wellness Seminar open to farriers, vets

‘Devastated’ owners say deaths could have been prevented

CaptureTalk radio plays in the background of a barn, a rooster crows and ducks quack. But the sound of Newfoundland ponies clomping across the floor is gone.

In Winterton, Canada two owners are mourning the sudden loss of their two ponies, which are believed to have died from botulism, a highly fatal, neurologic disease often acquired through the ingestion of spoiled feeds and contaminated soil. Continue reading ‘Devastated’ owners say deaths could have been prevented

Botulism Type B: A Preventable, Deadly Disease

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Equine botulism kills without warning, and seemingly, without a trace.

Please join us to learn more about this deadly disease and what you can do to protect your horses and foals.

It’s time to spread the word. It’s time to expose botulism.

What: A botulism seminar presented by Dr. Joe Lyman in conjunction with Bridle Creek Veterinary Service, Kent Nutrition Group and Feed ’Em All Feeds

When: January 21, 2015 6-8pm

Where: Debbie’s Restaurant: 6209 General Puller Highway, Locust Hill, VA 23092

Enjoy a complimentary dinner and door prizes.

RSVP by January 19, 2015 to feedemallfeed@gmail.com or call 804-758-4777

 

Botulism: More Deadly Than Wrinkles

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In Hollywood, botulism is a cosmetic quick-fix used to  reduce lines and wrinkles and provide a youthful glow. But in your barn, botulism is much scarier than aging skin. It’s a disease that can be very deadly and expensive to treat. In addition, there are many misconceptions: it’s only a problem in Kentucky, it can only be found in round bales, and if a horse acquires botulism, human negligence must be involved. All of these presumptions are false.

The Neogen Corporation, based in Lansing, Mich., and Lexington, Ky., started a campaign to help educate horse owners across the country about this potentially deadly disease. The company wants to educate the equine community by explaining that botulism isn’t always a disease of negligence. It’s considered to be a silent killer, because it can often cause the death of an animal with no warning at all. When horse owners are afraid to share their stories, it makes research and education about the disease much more difficult. Continue reading Botulism: More Deadly Than Wrinkles

Infographic: Vaccinating Your Horse

 

Vaccines can protect your horse from a wide range of threats, including snakebites, botulism, influenza, and much more. Learn how vaccines work, why they’re important, and which ones your horse needs in this step-by-step visual guide.

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Upcoming equine botulism seminars

Neogen is hosting two upcoming equine botulism seminars and invites you to attend! Details are below and there is a complimentary dinner and an opportunity to win door prizes at both seminars.

Title of seminar: Botulism Exposed

What: Neogen and Dr. Shannon Oliver of Century Equine are hosting an equine botulism seminar presented by Dr. Joe Lyman

When: November 4, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00pm

Where: Greencastle Livestock Market, Sale Arena, 720 Buchanan Trail E., Greencastle, PA 17225

RSVP to droliver@centuryequine.com 717/360-6035

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Title of seminar:  Botulism Exposed

What: Neogen and Haymarket Veterinary Service are hosting an equine botulism seminar presented by Dr. Joe Lyman

When: November 5, 2014 from 6:30 – 8:30pm

Where: Fauquier County Fairgrounds, 6209 Old Auburn Road, Warrenton, VA 20186

RSVP to haymarketvet@aol.con 703/754-3309

 

Horses and infectious disease

Learn about 20 important equine infectious diseases that could make your horse sick, how they are spread, and ways to prevent them in our easy-to-follow visual guide.

You can find more information about managing a horse disease outbreak, and learn 12 important tips for protecting your horse from disease exposure with our recent biosecurity infographics!

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Barr: Icelandic Broodmare

“People think that because they don’t live in a high-risk area their horse isn’t going to get botulism,” says Bonnie Barr VMD, Dipl. ACVIM. “That’s not necessarily true, especially if your horse Continue reading Barr: Icelandic Broodmare

A tale with two endings

When it rains, it pours. This is unfortunately the case for a lot of things in life, and equine botulism is no exception. A recent article in The Fence Post relays the danger of the disease spreading quickly after one horse is infected.

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