Quarter Cracks: Where Do They Come From?

What is a Quarter Crack? A quarter crack is a full thickness hoof wall defect located in the quarter of the hoof between the toe and heel of the horse’s foot. The quarter crack originates at the coronary band and extends at an angle toward the ground.  Quarter cracks can be a common cause of […]

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First Aid for Colic

Introduction Read the whole article to decide your best action. Maybe your horse just looks a little off and doesn’t attack his feed like normal. Perhaps he occasionally looks at his sides or paws the ground, as the pain worsens he lays down and rolls. If the pain is very severe, he will roll violently. […]

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Equine Gastric Ulcers: Special Care and Nutrition

Why Do Horses Get Ulcers? Equine gastric ulcers can affect any horse at any age. Up to 90 percent of racehorses and 60 percent of show horses, as well as non-performance horses and even foals are affected by equine gastric ulcers. These are the result of the erosion of the lining of the stomach due […]

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Cribbing: Dangers & Prevention

Nothing is more disconcerting to horse owners than a horse behavior that is both repetitive and harmful. A stall vice is one such behavior; it is a repetitive bad habit a horse can acquire for a variety of reasons. Stall vices can affect your horse’s dependability and/or health, and once a vice is set, it […]

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Colic: Updates And Prevention

Colic is one of those emergency crises that horse owners seek to avoid.  Based on information from the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) survey, for every 100 horses, there will be 4.2 colic events every year. 1.2 percent of these events will be surgical, and 11 percent will be fatal.  The objective of a […]

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Colic: Minimizing its Incidence and Impact in your Horse

Colic is the number-one killer of horses. The good news is that most cases of colic are mild and resolve with simple medical treatment, and sometimes with no specific treatment at all. Less than 10% of all colic cases are severe enough to require surgery or cause the death of the horse. Nevertheless, every case […]

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Colic – What It Means To You And Your Horse

Although colic surgery was considered hopeless 60 years ago, today it can save horses from devastating diseases and give them a long life, free of complications and recurrence. However, according to a nationwide study on equine health and management done in the United States in 1997, colic was second to old age as the leading […]

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Colic Means Pain in the Gut

"If you suspect your horse may have colic," says Dr. Martin Allen, equine veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, "the most crucial thing is to get veterinary assistance as soon as possible." Unfortunately, colic ends up killing more horses than any other equine problem. Colic is generally a combination of […]

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10 Tips for Preventing Colic

The number one killer of horses is colic.  Colic is not a disease, but rather a combination of signs that alert us to abdominal pain in the horse.  Colic can range from mild to severe, but it should never be ignored.  Many of the conditions that cause colic can become life threatening in a relatively […]

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