Denise Steffanus

Excuse You: Is A Gassy Horse An Unhealthy One?

Budweiser’s Super Bowl commercials are a hit every year. An amusing one from a few years ago showed a situation most horsemen have encountered — a horse with a bad case of the farts. (For those with delicate sensibilities, we’re talking about flatulence, breaking wind, passing gas.) As the late Dr. Doug Byars, longtime head of […]

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Battling Guttural Pouch Mycosis: A First-Hand Account

Foozie is my farm clown. The 17.2-hand Thoroughbred gelding likes to steal hats and lead his pasture mates around by the halter. As gentle as he is big, Foozie also can be a handful at times. So when he stopped his playful antics, I knew something must be wrong. Foozie became lethargic, just moseying up […]

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The Disappearing Herb: How Does Turmeric Benefit Horses?

Do you love curried dishes from India? If so, indulge yourself, because they contain turmeric, a bright yellow-orange spice that can put a zing in your diet and a zip in your step… and your horse’s. Turmeric is a plant in the ginger family whose roots (rhizomes) contain curcumin, which has been observed in humans […]

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Tiny Plastic Fibers Could Be The Key To Injury Healing In Horses

Tiny plastic fibers one-hundredth the width of a human hair have made it easier for veterinarians to repair hard-to-heal wounds in horses. The nanofibers are woven together to form a scaffold that is used to bridge the gap between the wound’s edges and enable the horse’s cells to fill in the gap, healing the wound […]

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San Luis Rey Fire Survivors: What Trainers Should Be Looking For

Over the years, fires involving horses have made the news, but none has been as horrifying as the one on Dec. 7, when California’s Santa Ana winds swept a wildfire through San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall. Forty-six racehorses died in the blaze, despite the efforts of heroic horsemen who freed hundreds of Thoroughbreds from […]

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Omeprazole Can Have Negative Side Effects In Humans; Should Horse Owners Be Worried?

If you watch television, no doubt you’ve seen commercials by law groups warning users about the dangers of proton pump inhibitors in humans. Proton pump inhibitors are prescribed for the prevention and treatment of acid-reflux disease and ulcers. They work by blocking the production of stomach acid and are marketed under the brand names Prilosec, […]

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Study Suggests Furosemide Creates Lingering Sodium Imbalance Horses Struggle To Correct

Few racehorses compete without furosemide, a diuretic known commercially as Lasix, to reduce bleeding in the lungs, or exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH). Horsemen and armchair veterinarians alike have questioned whether horses suffer a long-term impact from repeated dosing of furosemide. Furosemide causes horses to lose sodium, and they might not be able to make up […]

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Sunglasses For Horses? Mounted Police Horse Wears Special Equipment After Cancer Battle

The horses of England’s Greater Manchester Mounted Patrol are revered for their bravery. In 2016, three of them — Hexam, Captain, and Tangle — shared the Service Animal of the Year award for their heroism in quelling a riot after the Manchester United – Liverpool soccer match. But another in their ranks, Brunswick, showed a […]

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Can Microchips Save A Horse From Slaughter? It Depends

With horse slaughter remaining a hot topic in the equine welfare community, many horsemen are seeking a way to keep their horses from that fate when they no longer own them or if they are lost or stolen. Microchipping would appear to be the logical solution. But despite what you read on the Internet, no […]

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When The Storm Clears, Veterinary Challenges Remain For Horses Stuck In Flood Waters

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma flooded two of the largest horse populations in the United States. Texas has a million horses and Florida has a half-million. During the hurricanes, the major threat to these animals was flying debris, but in their aftermath, horses struggled through floodwater to survive. Floodwater is particularly hazardous because of the level […]

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