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Medical Research

In 2013 Tim Mullen and his wife Sam Southey set out to ride across Mongolia, so the LRG-AF asked them to undertake a survey of the incidences of colic among the Mongol Horses.   Here is their report on the prevalence of Spasmodic Colic in Mongolian horse populations and knowledge concerning its treatment and diagnosis amongst the Mongolian herding communities in Tov, Bulgan and Khuvsghul Aimags

A Study of Equine Influenza Epidemics Past and Present.  Imagine an equestrian health disaster that crippled all of America, halted the government in Washington DC, stopped the ships in New York, burned Boston to the ground and forced the cavalry to fight Geronimo on foot.  It was an equine tragedy so deadly that one wave of the infection swept south like a Biblical plague from its origin in Toronto, Canada, down the Atlantic Seaboard to Havana, Cuba, leaving everything in its path in ruins in weeks, while another branch simultaneously raced west to the Pacific.  Now we are also proud to present the paper presented by Brigadier General Thomas Murnane to the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Veterinary Medical History Society in New Orleans, LA, July 21, 2008.

Texas Horse Talk has published an article about the historic 1872 Equine Flu which brought America's economy to a standstill.

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Fantastic advances in medical procedures result in not just one, but THREE horses being given artificial legs! 

Here is an interesting overview on the international Internet news service, Horsetalk, about this second chance at life for amputee horses.

Abandoned by her owners when Katrina hit southern Louisiana,  Molly the Pony spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by a pit bull terrier, and her gnawed right front leg became so badly infected that it had to be amputated.   Allison Barca DVM, Molly's regular vet, reports. “She asks for it! She will put her little limb out, and come to you and let you know that she wants you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it off too."

Another near miracle is a mare named Riley, who was going to be put down after she was taken to an animal centre four years ago  suffering from a hind leg injury.   Sanctuary staff decided, however, to try an innovative treatment and amputated the leg and designed a prosthetic limb.  The operation was so successful that that Riley is now able to trot around her paddock, and even carry a rider.

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