Denise Steffanus

High Tech Horsemanship: Smart Boots, Halters, And Monitors Give Trainers More Data

Technology that uses sensors to monitor a horse’s health, its training sessions, and its well-being is being introduced in the equine industry. While many devices are in the research and development stage, three systems already are implemented and getting good results on the racetrack and at the farm. For the racetrack, a British company Equinity […]

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Firewise: Wildfire Preparedness Goes Beyond Horse Evacuation

Last year’s devastating fire at San Luis Rey Training Center in Bonsall, Calif., was just one of 71,499 wildfires nationwide in 2017 that consumed more than 10 million acres. Some of the same regions battle wildfires every year; unfortunately, many of those are in states with dense horse populations. The states with the most horses […]

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Which Is Which? Matching Feed Ingredients With Nutrients

Anyone who has made an effort to read the label on a bag of horse feed knows that recognizing and understanding the ingredients is not easy. We know that three basic feed components — protein, fat, and fiber — are necessary in a horse’s diet, as well as various vitamins and minerals, but what ingredients […]

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Placentitis: A Tricky Disease With Few Warning Signs

In mid-April, former Horse of the Year Zenyatta tragically aborted her Into Mischief foal. This was the sixth pregnancy for the 14-year-old mare. Zenyatta’s connections wrote in her blog, “The cause of the abortion was found to be a low-grade placentitis that triggered premature placental separation.” Since the abortion, Queen Z, as her fans call […]

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Is This Stud A Dud? A Few Solutions For Subfertility

When talking about reproduction, most times the emphasis is on the mare. But if your mare doesn’t conceive on a single, well-timed cover, the stallion’s fertility may be the issue. Dr. Steven Brinsko, a reproductive specialist at Texas A & M University, said the first step is to have the stallion examined by a reproduction […]

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‘Farrier Think Tank’: First International Farrier Syndicate Announced

A group of elite farriers in various disciplines have banded together to form the first farrier syndicate in the horse industry. International Farrier Syndicate is the brainchild of Thoroughbred farrier Pat Broadus and recent International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame inductee Danvers Child. Child described the syndicate as a “group of like-minded farriers working together as […]

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Horses, Like People, Have Luxury Awaiting Them In Dubai

Sheikh Mohammad knows how to throw a party. So if he invites you to come race your horse in Dubai on World Cup day, you’re in for the time of your life. “They roll out the red carpet. Every time we go there, it’s just a fabulous experience,” said Bill Casner, whose Well Armed won […]

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Is Vitamin D The Key For Maintaining Foal Health?

Horses are big, strong creatures that produce offspring capable of standing within an hour of birth. Mother Nature gave them this ability so even newborn foals would be able to flee with their dams if the herd was attacked by predators. This sometimes causes horsemen to believe neonatal foals are tougher than they really are. […]

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Amidst EHV-1 Outbreaks, How Can You Protect Your Horse From Illness?

With multiple equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) outbreaks popping up across the United States, owners need to take precautions to protect their horses from the potentially fatal disease. EHV-1 manifests in three forms: respiratory disease, abortion, and/or neurologic disease. Dr. Steve Reed, internal medicine specialist at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., clarified the same […]

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Platelet-Rich Plasma Can Prove A ‘Silver Bullet’ For Some Mares With Endometritis

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a form of regenerative therapy used to treat soft-tissue injuries in athletes. Platelets in blood contain growth factors that stimulate cells in injured tissue to begin healing and to draw new cells to the injured area. Over the past two decades, veterinarians have achieved much success with PRP in treating tendon, […]

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