Horse Care

Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: What Are Hoof Growth Rings?

QUESTION: What are hoof growth rings and what does it mean when you see them on a horse at sale? DR. SCOTT FLEMING: Growth rings are externally visible ridges in the hoof that indicate differences in the rate of growth or quality of a horse’s hoof wall. The appearance and number of rings can vary from several […]

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Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation To Present ’35 Years Of Second Chances’ At The American Correctional Association Winter Conference

On January 14, 2019, the nationally acclaimed TRF Second Chances Program will be recognized at the American Correctional Association’s 2019 Winter Conference in New Orleans. The American Correctional Association (ACA) is a private, non-profit, non-governmental trade association and accrediting body for the corrections industry, the oldest and largest such association in the world. Superintendent Catherine […]

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Can Horses Really Smell Fear? Yes, And That’s Not All

Think back to your first encounter with a horse. Were you warned that if you were afraid, the horse could smell your fear? It turns out that was good advice. People emit a particular chemosignal while experiencing a specific emotion that induces the same emotion in another person who smells that odor. Chemosignals are chemical […]

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Head Tilt Could Indicate Inner Ear Issue

While some horses are difficult to bridle because they’re getting used to a new bit or a new way of handling, resistance to being bridled and a head tilt may be indicative the horse has an issue with the ear, mouth or skull, reports The Horse. A true head tilt means that the horse’s poll […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: What’s The Deal With Potomac Horse Fever, Anyway?

QUESTION: What’s the deal with Potomac Horse Fever? I thought that only happened on the East Coast, but I hear of cases here in Central Kentucky. DR. BILL GILSENAN: Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) is a disease of horses characterized by an acute onset of diarrhea, dullness, and inappetence. As the name implies, fever typically accompanies these clinical […]

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“Equus: Story Of The Horse” To Debut On PBS

A new two-part series from PBS explores the age-old relationship between man and horse. “Equus: Story of the Horse” follows this partnership that has allowed man to explore and conquer faraway lands. Anthropologist Niobe Thompson shows viewers through striking 3D reconstruction and videos how this relationship has evolved. Filmed in Mongolia, Kentucky, Saudi Arabia, Montana, […]

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2019 Accreditation Applications Now Available From Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

The 2019 application for accreditation by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is now available on ThoroughbredAftercare.org. Thoroughbred aftercare nonprofits interested in applying must complete the application by the closing date of April 1 at 6 p.m. ET. Since TAA accreditation is only granted for a specific period of time, organizations with accreditation status ending in 2019 […]

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Resistance To Common Dewormer May Endanger Foals

Large roundworms, a common parasite in foals, are becoming resistant to pyrantel, a type of dewormer, a Swedish study shows. Pyrantel is used to treat roundworm infestations, which can negatively effect and even kill young horses. Mature worms live in the small intestine; a heavy worm load can cause foals not to thrive and may cause […]

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Online Equine Certificate Courses Offered By University Of Minnesota

Adults interested in learning more about horses can register for online courses from the University of Minnesota Extension. Certificates are offered in Basic Horse Nutrition, Growing and Feeding Horse Hay, Pasture Establishment and Management, and Manure Management. Each course costs $75 and lasts 6 weeks. The courses are self-paced and do not result in college […]

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Feeding Horses Supplements Is ‘Negligent’ Says FEI

Two international dressage riders whose horses tested positive for a banned substance in 2017 have received their sentencing from the FEI, the international governing body of horse sport. Kaitlin Blythe, who rides Don Principe, and Adrienne Lyle, who rides Horizon, were both feeding Soothing Pink to their mounts. The supplement is designed to ease gastric […]

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