Dr. Molly McCue, researcher and associate professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota credits Morris Animal Foundation funding for propelling her distinguished career in equine genetics.
Cancer is found in diverse animal species, from mice to sharks. Horses are no exception. They share many of the same cancers seen in other animals as well as people; cancers which can be devastating for horses and their owners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.