Horse Care

Equine Advice For Dealing With Hot Summer Temperatures

Though most horses adjust readily to hot summers days with high humidity, it’s important to keep an eye on how each horse is handling the warmer temps and to make adjustments as necessary. Keeping tabs on vital signs, weather forecasts and horse behavior can help avert potential heat-related complications, reports The Horse. During hot weather, […]

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What Makes Horses Unhappy?

While no scientific studies have been done as to why some farms and living situations make horses anxious and upset, it’s abundantly clear that individual horses tend to care for a specific type of facility and care. While an owner may never be able to pinpoint what caused the horse’s distress, it oftentimes is easier […]

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Ask Your Insurer: What’s The Difference Between Straight Rate And Deductible Policies?

Equine insurance experts answer your questions about insuring Thoroughbreds for the breeding and auction realms. Email us at [email protected] if you have a question for an insurer. QUESTION: Are there different types of Full Mortality, or All Risk Mortality, Policies? If so, what are they? BRYCE BURTON: As we’ve discussed in previous issues, Full Mortality […]

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Spit It Out: Could Saliva Tests Replace Traditional Blood Draws?

Blood tests have been used for decades to help veterinarians determine if and why a horse is in ill health, but a new study has shown that similar tests may be able to be performed on saliva. Saliva is 99 percent water, but it contains compounds like cholesterol, lactate, fatty acids and glucose, as well […]

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Louisiana Legislature Passes Bill Allocating $5 Per Start To Fund Aftercare

The state legislature in Louisiana approved a measure this week which would allocate $5 per start to a fund for Thoroughbred aftercare. HB384 states monies raised from the funding stream would be managed by a representative of Louisiana horsemen for withdrawals and disbursement from the Horsemen’s Bookkeeper Account. The bill, authored by Rep. Clay Schexnayder […]

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Positive Diagnosis Of Equine Infectious Anemia In Idaho

A horse in Treasure Valley, Idaho, has been diagnosed with Equine infectious anemia (EIA), reports the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). The horse had recently been transported from Washington state to Canyon County. EIA is typically spread between horses through biting insects like mosquitoes, but needles and other equipment contaminated by the blood of […]

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$50,000 Available To Researchers Investigating The Therapeutic Effects Of Horses On Humans

Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) announces an open call for proposals to investigate the therapeutic effects of horses on humans. The Foundation’s broad research agenda includes basic research as well as clinical studies that will ultimately impact physical and mental health and quality of life for those engaged in equine-assisted activities/therapies (EAA/T). Deadline for […]

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Racing’s Red Tape Keeps Equine Therapists From Their Work In New York

In a stall at Todd Pletcher’s Keeneland barn in mid-April, a normally-fractious colt could be found relaxing, one leg cocked, lower lip drooping and eyes half-closed. Veronica Caravella was busy moving a flexible hose deliberately around various muscle groups as she applied pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy to relax tense or tired muscles. Caravella watched […]

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International Museum Of The Horse Shares Discoveries From History Harvests For African American Equestrians

The International Museum of the Horse will hold a Shareback Session as a follow-up to the recent History Harvests. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held on Thursday, June 13, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Central Branch of the Lexington Public Library in Meeting Room A. Museum […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Venograms Tell The Real Story Behind Laminitis

QUESTION: What are venograms and how can they be used in equine diagnostics? DR. RAUL BRAS: One of the most significant developments not only in the evaluation and treatment of laminitis, but also our understanding of the mechanics of the foot in general, has been the venogram. The venogram is a simple but technique-sensitive procedure […]

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