This Week in Horse Health News Presented by Absorbine

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With warmer weather comes more opportunities to ride, train and show. With more hours in the saddle comes sore, hardworking muscles for you and your horse. While your tired body can benefit from a refreshing hose down for your horse and a relaxing bath for you, Absorbine’s Botanicals natural herbal liniment can add further benefits to your post-workout recovery. Download a coupon from Absorbine and save on your next purchase of products to pamper your horse after all the hard work they do for you!

This week in horse health news:

Grazing Muzzles 101: Owners of easy keepers rejoice! Kentucky Equine Research has published a handy guide for properly fitting and checking grazing muzzles. [KER]

Familiarity Breeds Obliviousness? French researchers have found that equine caregivers may become desensitized to stereotypical behaviors (“vices”) and other signs of poor wellbeing, leading to inaccurate assessments of their horses’ welfare. [Horsetalk]

Protect Your Horses from EHV-1 and EHM: Recent outbreaks of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) and resulting equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) have spurred veterinarians to remind equestrians that good biosecurity practices can help save their horses from potentially devastating disease. [The Horse]

Bornavirus Antibodies Debut in Icelandic Horses: Icelandic veterinarians have discovered horses carrying antibodies for borna disease virus (BDV) for the first time; this could be a pivotal find, as the island’s equine population is strictly isolated from the rest of the world. [The Horse]

Massachusetts Neurologic Cases NOT EHV-1: Two Massachusetts horses from the same barn displayed neurologic symptoms, but vets have concluded that these cases were not EHV-1. The first horse was euthanized after its equine protozoal myelitis worsened, and the second horse is currently receiving veterinary care. [Chronicle of the Horse]

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