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Timeless races back after persistent pain sidelines her to the paddock

January 24, 2017

Recurrent lameness and swelling in Timeless the Quarter Horse's right forelimb had left her limping and in pain. The source? A persistent infection of unknown origins she wasn’t able fight off. Morris Animal Foundation-funded researcher Dr. Steven Zedler used a new, non-invasive, imaging technology to identify the source of the infection for surgery and helped Timeless make a full recovery.

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Insects not only bug our horses, they spread potentially life-threatening diseases

July 8, 2016

As summer heats up and we head outdoors for fun in the sun, we have to deal with one of the more negative aspects of quality time outside; pesky insects that bite and harass. Horses are no exception to this problem. Not only are insects frustratingly annoying to our horses, they also can carry diseases that infect horses, some of which can be life-threatening.

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Probiotics and health in horses

June 29, 2016

Probiotic awareness and supplementation (whether through food or supplements) is not only becoming more common in people and small animals, such as cats and dogs, there is growing interest in using probiotics in larger species, including horses.

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Taking on equine melanoma and winning

May 10, 2016

Randy Walker of eastern Tennessee was looking for a competition roping horse for his son, Johnny. Caddy fit the bill. She was a beautiful gray quarter horse mare and a champion competitor. When Randy went to pick up Caddy, he noted a small knot on her head, but was assured it was nothing.

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Inflammation in horses can be too much of a good thing

January 11, 2016

One of the key players in many equine orthopedic diseases is inflammation – a duel-edged sword essential for healing, but detrimental when it goes unchecked. In fact, many of the most devastating illnesses affecting horses have their origin in persistent and excessive inflammatory responses leading to irreversible tissue damage.

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Harnessing the power of stem cells for horses

August 11, 2015

Stem cells show remarkable potential as treatments for a variety of equine disorders from orthopedic injuries to organ regeneration, but we still need to answer many questions to unlock the full potential of these biological superheroes.

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The Lazy, Hazy, Summer Days of Horse parasites

June 30, 2015

As pastures grow long and luxurious in the summer sun, more horses are spending time outside grazing. Internal parasites love the summer too, and warm weather can increase a horse’s chance of coming in contact with parasites. Appropriate parasite control strategies are an important component in keeping our horses healthy.

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A Growing Concern in the American West

January 21, 2015

Driving down a lonely Nevada highway, I saw their silhouettes, a small herd of horses on the crest of a hill. They were the wild horses I had hoped to see, living symbols of the old American West.

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Our Research Evolves to Keep Horses Healthy

December 24, 2014

Did you know there are an estimated 9 million horses living in the United States and that 2 million people here own horses?

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Our Research Evolves to Keep Horses Healthy

December 19, 2014

Did you know there are an estimated 9 million horses living in the United States and that 2 million people here own horses?

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Season of Hope: Meet Dr. Zimmerman

November 24, 2014

“I was born horse crazy—and just a little dog crazy,” says Dr. Sarah Zimmerman, Morris Animal Foundation donor, Lamplighter legacy society member and animal lover.

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Did you know?

October 6, 2014 Jean Vore

Dog vaccine offers first potential therapeutic treatment for horses with melanoma...

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Drive-through Eating Could Actually Keep Horses Sleek

September 15, 2014

One might not expect these historically active animals to have weight issues, but just as it has in our household pets, obesity has become a significant problem in companion horses. Some statistics suggest that up to 50 percent of horses are now obese.

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Study Offers Hope for Horses with Melanoma

July 18, 2014

The tumor starts like so many skin cancers do: a small black bump on the skin. It is easy to overlook, since it isn’t irritating, oozing or interfering with movement. Slowly, the tumor grows, but much of the growth occurs below the skin. Over time the tumor is noted but doesn't seem a cause for concern; if it is growing so slowly, how could it be a problem? Then one day, doctors discover the tumor is much bigger than previously thought and has spread throughout the body.

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Why Do Brood Mares Develop Colic?

June 30, 2014

Any mother knows that giving birth is a painful process, but imagine if shortly afterwards, your bowel twisted, causing you excruciating pain?

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Laminitis Takes Down A Champion

April 2, 2014

A mere 40 seconds into the second stage of horse racing’s coveted Triple Crown, Barbaro, the Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness favorite, fractured numerous bones in his lower right rear leg, his “ankle.” What followed was a saga of multiple surgeries, progress and relapse. Then, when the fractures were healing, came the devastating development of laminitis

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Morris Animal Foundation Celebrates the Year of the Horse

January 30, 2014

Celebration Begins with New Partnership with USEA. Morris Animal Foundation is galloping into the Chinese New Year by celebrating the year of the horse...

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Researchers Set Their Sights on the Causes of Eye Cancer in Horses

December 3, 2013

We’ve all seen images of horses with blinders on their eyes, usually used to keep them focused during competition. But how many of you have heard of horses going blind? Yet, ocular squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common cancer in horses. It affects the eyes and can lead to visual impairment...

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Fellow Follows Her Passion for Studying Equine Neurology

November 20, 2013

As an equine veterinarian and horse lover, Dr. Carrie Finno was frustrated with the inability to accurately diagnose neurologic diseases in horses. In particular, she became interested in trying to identify the cause of an inherited neurologic disease, called neuroaxonal dystrophy (NAD)...

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New Research Gives Horses Something to Neigh About

October 30, 2013

Horses suffering from muscle and joint disorders may see some relief in the coming years thanks to new research that Morris Animal Foundation plans to fund. Our Large Animal Scientific Advisory Board...

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