Horse Care

Top Playing Polo Pony Shot And Killed In Pasture

Missy, a 6-year-old top polo pony mare, was in a field in Thermal, Calif., where she was being boarded when she was shot five or six times and subsequently killed. Worth about $40,000, Missy was one of owner Cameron Smith’s best, winning “Best Playing Pony” in the Seattle Polo Club Championship in August. Missy was also […]

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Wintertime Treat: The Many Advantages Of Beet Pulp

With the many feed options on the market for horses these days, beet pulp often gets left out of the realm of consideration. A byproduct of sugar beet processing, beet pulp is the fibrous substance left behind after the sugar and moisture has been refined out of the root vegetable. With 10 percent crude protein, […]

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No Hoof, No Horse: Keeping Hooves Healthy

There are three keys to optimum hoof healthy: Nutrition, management and farriery. When a hoof is healthy, it should typically grow 6-10 mm per month, giving a farrier optimum hoof to work with in a 6-8 week shoeing cycle. Several factors can limit normal hoof growth, including extreme temperatures, outside moisture, illness/injury, and more. Keeping […]

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‘Dream Come True’: Mare Delivers First In-Vitro Foal For UC-Davis

At midnight on a warm summer evening in the barns at the UC Davis veterinary hospital, a first in equine medicine at UC Davis occurred. As Dr. Bruce Christensen, chief of the hospital’s Equine Reproduction Service, watched on, a mare gave birth to the first foal ever born at UC Davis by in-vitro fertilization. Through […]

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Case Of Equine Herpesvirus Confirmed At Parx; Barn Area Closed

Officials at Parx Racing confirmed on Friday that a horse stabled at the track has tested positive for equine herpesvirus. The sick horse, which was in the care of Blaine Servis, has been removed to Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in New Jersey. No horses will be permitted to leave Parx until the track receives authorization from […]

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Study: Surgical Intervention Seems Most Helpful For Mares With Hormone-Related Behavior Challenges

It’s no secret that dealing with fillies or mares can sometimes be challenging or frustrating when their hormones are at their worst. It’s commonly accepted that athletic performance can vary for some female horses with especially strong reactions to hormonal changes curing estrus. Estrus‐related behavioral or performance problems include difficulties during riding or training, back […]

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Wanted: Good Home For 22 Tons Of Carrots

Joan Steelhammer wasn’t quite sure what to think of the phone call she recently received asking her if she wanted 44,000 pounds of carrots for the horses at Equine Outreach, a rescue she runs east of Bend, Ore. “Your mind kind of goes blank,” she said. “How much is that? What is that really?” She soon found out […]

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Report: Horse Abandonment Cases On The Rise In Texas

Officials in Houston told KPRC this week that they are experiencing a rise in the number of neglect or abandonment cases of horses. The Houston Humane Society attributes the dumping of the animals in empty lots in residential neighborhoods to the expense of caring for horses and the overpopulation of available animals at public auction. […]

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University Of Florida Launches New Undergraduate Equine Course For Online Learners

A new online, undergraduate course focusing on everything horse — from common health issues and anatomy to history of the species and an understanding of equine-related business and research — launched this fall at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. “Because it’s online, we are able to offer this course to students at universities […]

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Illinois Teenager Walks Nine Miles To Save Starving Horse

Traveling a different route than normal to get to a swap meet at 5:30 a.m., Illinois teenager Kelsey and her mom came upon an unexpected site: a starving horse grazing on the side of the road. Their swap-meet plans immediately changed as the horse-loving duo plotted a way to get the mare home. Clearly thin […]

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