Why Won’t Your Skinny Horse Fatten?

Americans usually don’t have to worry about being too skinny. Thus, it is difficult to understand why a horse might have trouble putting on weight, especially if food is readily available. Horses can drop pounds for a wide variety of reasons, ranging from a simple management problem to a malabsorption disorder that your veterinarian can […]

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Winter Coughs – Not A Good Wheeze!

It’s not just horseback riders that cough and wheeze at this time of year. Respiratory problems are common in horses as well. Loss of performance may be the first sign that something is wrong. Mildly affected animals may cough occasionally when eating or when starting work. As the condition gets worse they may cough almost […]

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Wounds in Horses

Despite owners providing excellent facilities, wounds are common in all types of horses. An owner should have an excellent working relationship with his/her veterinarian to provide optimal care. While waiting for your veterinarian, there are a number of things a horse owner should not do. Placing fingers in the wound can contaminate it, as can […]

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Your Horse’s Basic Health Care Needs

An important part of your horse’s health care needs is for you to develop a partnership with a veterinarian prior to an emergency. You can begin developing a partnership by consulting your veterinarian for your horse’s routine and preventive health care.   Your horse should be vaccinated at least once a year.  The type of […]

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What you should know about internal parasites in horses

Internal parasites are a primary cause of colic in horses and can cause or contribute to many respiratory, digestive, and performance problems. Though parasites are a constant concern for horse owners, the severity of the problem can be reduced by following a regular preventive deworming program formulated by your veterinarian. Horses are affected by four […]

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Upward Pateller Fixation

Intermittent upward patellar fixation is a condition whereby the horse’s pelvic limb temporarily "locks" in extension. As a result, there is a delay in flexion of the limb. The delay in flexion can range from milli-seconds to over several minutes. A short delay in flexion may manifest only as a subtle pelvic limb asymmetry or […]

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Wage War on Equine Parasites

Internal parasites are silent killers.  They can cause extensive internal damage, and you may not even realize your horses are heavily infected.  At the very least, parasites can lower resistance, rob the horse of valuable nutrients, and cause gastrointestinal irritation and unthriftiness.  At their worst, they can lead to colic, intestinal ruptures, and death. Using […]

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Tying-up Syndrome

Exertional rhabdomyolysis is technically defined as degeneration of muscle. Although often referred to as "myositis", this term refers to inflammation of muscle tissue. There actually is no evidence of acute inflammation present when biopsies of muscle tissue are examined. The muscle cells gradually degenerate and disappear due to a lack of energy. Many other names […]

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Tying up…or worse?

Most of us can remember a time when we have played the role of “weekend warrior’ and paid dearly for our sudden bout of athleticism during the next few days.  Many will acknowledge that they have treated their horses in a similar way as well.  How do you know if your horse is just tired […]

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Tips for Controlling Infection in Your Horses

When you ask most horse owners about controlling infection in their horses they say “Oh you mean do I vaccinate and worm my horses?”  Certainly immunization of horses with vaccines to prevent or reduce the severity of infectious diseases is a very important part of any infection control plan. However, it is important for horse […]

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