Horse Health

Change In Gut Bacteria Linked To Equine Weight Gain

Researchers have found that bacteria in the equine gut declined as horses gained weight. Drs. Katharina Langner, Dominique Blaue, Carola Schedlbauer, Janine Starzonek, Veronique Julliand and Ingrid Vervuert created a study that examined the manure of 10 Shetland ponies and 10 Warmblood horses that were fed up to twice their daily energy requirements. The two-year […]

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Enteritis In Horses: A Source Of Colic And Of Mystery

Fan favorite California Chrome may have suffered a bout of enteritis since his arrival to Arrow Stud in Japan, but one veterinarian familiar with the illness says there’s no reason to be concerned about his long-term health. Enteritis is the inflammation of either the large or small intestine and often results in part of the […]

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Discover Florida: On The Cutting Edge Of Research, Education, Enforcement In Veterinary Science

The following sponsored article is from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Nicole “Nikki” Fried, Commissioner. The Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (BADDL) is a state-of-the-art $11 million state facility managed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry, headed by Commissioner Nicole ‘Nikki’ Fried.  The new 22,000 square foot […]

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When Is ‘Natural’ Horse Care Not Natural?

The terms “natural” and “organic” are used in a variety of applications, including both the human and equine worlds. While items using the term “organic” are regulated by government agencies, those using the term “natural” are not, so care should be taken by horse owners when buying or prescribing to anything using this term. Horses […]

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Kidney Function Imperative To Equine Health

Kidneys are of vital importance to the overall health of any animal. These organs provide important functions, including balancing electrolytes, maintaining blood pressure, removing waste, producing calcium and more. To accomplish all these tasks, kidneys require significant blood flow—nearly 25 percent of cardiac output. Because of this, any changes in blood flow can have significant […]

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The Trouble With Traditional Bran Mashes

Though many horse owners are inclined to offer their steeds warm bran mashes as the weather cools, this tradition has fallen out of favor in recent years, and for good reason: Wheat bran mashes are not nearly as beneficial as once believed. Many older equestrians remember feeding warm mashes to their horses after they had […]

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Do Horses That Live Alone Still Need Dewormed?

Parasite control is a hot topic among horse owners, especially at facilities that have multiple horses housed on them. But deworming protocol shouldn’t only be a concern for farms that have entire herds horses; properties with just one horse should also be concerned with parasite resistance. A horse that doesn’t have other equine companions, one […]

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Keen Observation Skills Key To Keeping Horses Healthy

Horses are notoriously stoic animals, hiding pain as long as possible because of their fight-or-flight instincts. Horse owners and caretakers can help ensure their horse is pain-free by knowing what “normal” is for each animal, reports The Horse. Horse owners should take note of things like when each of their horses lies down and for […]

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Nitric Oxide Levels In Blood Help Predict Intestinal Issues In Horses

Russian researchers report that blood serum may offer valuable insight regarding equine intestinal issues like colic. Disease in the intestinal tract of horses often presents with inflammation and oxidative stress, which is associated with a lack of nitric oxide; by testing for nitric oxide levels in blood serum, veterinarians may be able to take action […]

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