Horse Care

A New Way To Administer Fluids In A Pinch

Some equine conditions, like colic, necessitate the administration of large amounts of fluid over a short period of time. While this can be done through a nasogastric tube, it’s not always feasible or advisable in every situation. Fluids can also be run intravenously, which puts the fluid directly into circulation, but there may be logistic […]

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Tradition Plays Large Role In How Humans Act Around Horses

Australian researchers recently conducted a study on human interactions with horses, looking specifically at the perception of risk, influences on safety behavior and what has affected these behaviors and beliefs. The researchers determined that safety principles are influenced by tradition: the Western and Australian respondents were very vocal about their traditions, while the English and […]

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Causes Of Girthiness Not One Size Fits All, Study Finds

Some horses get get a reputation for stressing out when their girth is tightened, swishing their tail, pinning their ears, kicking out or even trying to bite the person tightening the girth. There is no single cause of girthiness in horses. Back pain, saddle fit, ulcers and other causes may all play a role in […]

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Massachusetts SPCA Launches Emergency Clinic For EEE Vaccines

Seven horses that tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Massachusetts were euthanized this month and officials say none of them had been vaccinated for the mosquito-carried disease. The infected horses were in Brookfield, Granby, Holliston, Medfield, Mendon, Methuen and Uxbridge counties. In response to this, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty […]

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New Vocations Receives $30,000 In Grants From ASPCA Help A Horse Home Challenge

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has received a total of $30,000 from the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) as part of its annual Help a Horse Home Challenge. The nationwide competition for equine rescues, shelters and sanctuaries is designed to increase equine adoptions around the country. New Vocations earned a $25,000 prize […]

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Study: Can Bell Boots Improve Limb Strength?

Like humans, all horses are “sided,” meaning they have a dominant side and a weaker side. This asymmetry could be natural or related to an old injury. Like humans, horses must be encouraged to work on their weaker side. To strengthen the weaker limb and build muscle force, a horse owner can place a bell […]

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FL Livestock Travel Requirements Suspended In Preparation For Hurricane Dorian Impact

Each state in the United States has health inspection requirements for livestock traveling across its borders. With the impending landfall of Hurricane Dorian, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry, has suspended these requirements to allow for the transport of animals out of the hurricane’s path. Effective Immediately The Florida […]

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Ask Your Insurer Presented By Muirfield Insurance: Covering Your New Foal

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: Is it less expensive to insure an older foal/yearling than it is to insure a newborn baby? BRYCE BURTON: Newborns are more expensive to insure than foals […]

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Turn ‘Em Out: Pastured Horses Maintain Fitness

New research shows that pastured horses can stay as fit as their counterparts that live in a stall follow an exercise regimen. Dr. Patricia M. Graham-Thiers and a research team from Virginia Intermont College used 16 horses in a 14-week study to determine if horses kept in a stall and exercised or those that lived […]

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Heart Attack Or Nettles? British Racehorse Suffers Surprising Allergic Reaction

A racehorse in Britain had a surprising reaction to stinging nettles, a type of weed common in Europe and North America — such an extreme reaction, in fact, that his connections thought he was suffering a heart attack, and his veterinarian is warning other owners to keep watch for the plant. The horse was found […]

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