Denise Steffanus

It’s Not Just You: Antibiotic Resistance A Challenge For Equine Veterinarians

Long hailed as the greatest advance in medicine, antibiotics have become the go-to treatment for nearly every scratch, cough, or fever, whether or not they were caused by bacteria. Many doctors and veterinarians began indiscriminately prescribing antibiotics simply because their patients expected — even demanded — them. This overuse of antibiotics eventually created today’s crisis, […]

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What A Pain: Hoof Abscesses A Common Frustration For Horses In All Life Stages

Classic Empire is the latest in a long line of horses to miss training or skip a race due to a hoof abscess. Hoof abscesses are relatively common and seem to impact a horse on the trail for a classic race every year. California Chrome, Melatonin, Shared Belief, Game On Dude, and Texas Red have […]

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Don’t Touch My Ears: When Is Headshyness Behavioral, And When Is It Pain?

Many horses are head-shy, especially about having their ears touched. Bridling these horses becomes a daily hassle as is combing their forelock, clipping their bridle path, and brushing mud off their poll. Headshyness can prove not just annoying, but dangerous for handlers, but before you attempt to retrain the horse out of this behavior, it’s […]

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Too Much of a Good Thing: When Extra Nutrients Become Harmful To Horses

Many owners feel they are depriving their horses if they aren’t feeding them a bunch of supplements. “If a little is good, a lot is better” is often the philosophy, with the reasoning being a horse will simply release extra nutrients in waste with no harm done. Experts say this is a common misconception and […]

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When It Comes To Precautions During Disease Outbreaks, Don’t Forget The Farrier

As EHV-1 outbreaks continue to dominate the horse care news cycle, managers and horsemen are asking what they can do to minimize the risk of this and other communicable diseases. Most farms have a protocol that visitors and personnel must follow, but sometimes a farm overlooks its farrier when it comes to biosecurity. Working on […]

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Avoiding The Tug Of War: Schooling Horses For The Farrier

Every horseman has had a horse that pulls his groom and the farrier down the shedrow when it’s time for new shoes. The problem usually can be traced to a bad experience, or perhaps the horse wasn’t schooled properly as a youngster. “The owner can’t expect the farrier to school the horse every four to […]

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Knocking Back A Cold One: What Does Beer Do For Horses?

This New Year’s Eve, many of us will indulge in our favorite beverage, be it rum, bourbon, or Kahlua. Horses are no different. A lot of them like a brewski with their meal. “In Ireland it’s quite common for people to put Guinness in their horses’ feed at night just because they think they do […]

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Safe Travels: Questions To Ask Your Horse’s Hauler

When you send your horse on a cross-country trip, you trust the shipper will take good care of it and deliver it safely to its destination. But once that horse is out of your sight, things may go horribly wrong if you haven’t taken time to check out the shipper. Horse transport companies range from […]

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Should You Feed Your Horse Probiotics? Jury’s Still Out

As medicine trends more than ever toward natural treatments, scientists are taking a closer look at the digestive system’s impact on health, for humans and horses. The gut hosts an array of microbes that digest food to produce energy, vitamins, and other substances that benefit the body, while maintaining a balance between beneficial and harmful […]

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How’d That Happen? Origins And Remedies For Clubfoot

The term “clubfoot” gets thrown around a lot when describing the way a horse, particularly a sale prospect, looks. But what does the term mean, and what actually constitutes a clubfoot on a horse? A clubfoot is a conformation flaw thought to have both a genetic and mechanical component. You can recognize a clubfoot by […]

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