Horse Health

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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New Monitoring System Keeps Eyes On Horses While Owners Can’t

Horseware Products, an Irish-based company, has partnered with Taoglas, an antenna and RF optimization company, to create a horse blanket that has an attachable electronic monitoring device. When connected to the Horsepal app, horse owners and caretakers can monitor a horse’s temperature to clue in to their health and comfort levels. The data is cloud-based, […]

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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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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: A Vaccine For Lawsonia?

Veterinarians at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital answer your questions about sales and healthcare of Thoroughbred auction yearlings, weanlings, 2-year-olds and breeding stock. QUESTION: A couple of years ago, I heard about research into a vaccine for Lawsonia. Does it work, and can I be comfortable it’s safe for my horse? DR. LAURIE METCALFE: For […]

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Study: Horse Owners More Confident In Colic Recognition Than They Should Be

A 2014 survey of 1,331 horse owners revealed crucial gaps in horse owner’s knowledge of colic and how to respond to an episode of it. This lack of knowledge was the driver behind the creation of the REACT To Beat Colic campaign in Britain, which was developed by the University of Nottingham and the British […]

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Fall Frost And Horse Health

As cooler weather comes on, horse health concerns can shift from heat-impact issues to handling the cold. Before wintry weather really sets in, horse owners must contend with frost and what that can mean for a horse’s health. Pastures with frost on them have higher amounts of nonstructural carbohydrates, which can increase the risk for […]

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