Florida horse and unborn colt lost to equine botulism

When it comes to equine botulism, most people associate the disease with northeastern and Appalachian U.S. states. However, the toxin-producing bacteria that causes equine botulism, Clostridium botulinum, can be found anywhere.

Ashley Godwin was living in Florida when she lost her seven-year-old Thoroughbred mare, and her unborn colt, to equine botulism on Christmas Eve. She […]

Equine botulism leads to two deaths in Nova Scotia

Equine botulism is the cause behind two deaths at an animal rescue in Nova Scotia, Canada this month, with a third horse having been diagnosed, reports CBC.

Like many cases of equine botulism, the horses affected most likely became ill after eating hay that had been contaminated with the toxin-producing bacteria Clostridium botulinum. The bacteria […]

Risk-Based Vaccine: Botulism — American Association of Equine Practitioners

The American Association of Equine Practitioners created this fantastic resource on Clostridium botulinum Type B, which causes equine botulism, and the vaccine against it.

Neogen offers the vaccine BotVax B, which inoculates against botulism in three doses, each one month apart. BotVax B is the only U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved Clostridium botulinum type B toxoid […]

Study shows airway disease more common in racehorses than originally thought

Horses are powerful runners; on average, a galloping horse easily reaches 25 to 30 miles per hour. (The fastest recorded horse speed? Nearly 44 miles per hour, by a horse named Winning Brew in 2008.)

To achieve such high speeds, horses don’t need much beyond their own powerful muscles and plenty of air. Unfortunately, new […]

Horse named after football star drops out of Kentucky Derby

The Super Bowl and the Kentucky Derby are two famous American sporting events during which some of the country’s top athletes take the stage — but one event highlights human athletes, and the other equine athletes.

Football star Rob Gronkowski plays for the New England Patriots, a team that participated in but ultimately didn’t win […]

Against all odds, roping horse survives botulism, resumes competing

John the horse, courtesy of UC Davis

Equine botulism isn’t commonly associated with happily-ever-afters. That said, one roping horse slated to appear in the World Series of Team Roping before he contracted botulism has made a comeback thanks to treatment from the University of California, Davis veterinary hospital.

John is an 11-year-old American Quarter […]

Neurologic equine herpesvirus confirmed in several U.S. states

A number of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) cases have been reported in a few parts of the U.S., including Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Idaho, Pennsylvania and Arizona. Some of the reported cases have involved neurologic EHV-1, a slightly different version of the virus with different health consequences. This version of the virus has no vaccines, and can […]

How to care for geriatric horses

Almost all horse owners will face the challenge of caring for an aging horse at some point. It’s inevitable if we choose to provide our animals a home beyond their useful or competitive life. A 2010 Animal Horse Publication survey showed that the average horse owner has two horses older than 15 years and that […]

Hoof health key to total health

We all know how uncomfortable sore feet can be. For animals with hooves (and two more feet than people), sore feet can mean more than just a minor annoyance.

During the summer in particular, the combination of warm weather and rain can lead to softening of hooves, which can then cause more serious problems. For […]

Mosquito woes: Protecting horses from insect-borne illnesses

Mosquitoes are not just those little annoying insects that drive us crazy at dusk. Along with their painful bites, mosquitoes also can carry viruses that can cause deadly diseases in horses. Late summer into autumn is the time of year that we start to see those diseases rear their ugly heads.

West Nile virus

West […]