Horse Health

Soothe His Skin: Equine Sun Protection Options

Horses with pink skin on any area of their body are prone to sunburn, but around the eyes and around the muzzle tend to be the most-commonly affected areas. However, photosensitivity in horses can also cause a sunburn-like reaction, reports The Horse. Sunburned horses will have skin that is dark pink or red, as well […]

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Monmouth Park Given Reaccreditation By NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Monmouth Park has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. The Oceanport, NJ racetrack opens its 61-day meet on May 4 – Kentucky Derby Day – with the Grade 1TVG.com Haskell Invitational on July 20 again headlining a season that will feature 64 stakes worth $7.1 million.  The […]

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Ticked Off? Donkeys May Help

Donkeys may help keep people and animals safe in more ways than just with their guardian capabilities: Their sebum may help repel a deadly type of tick. A tick found in South America, Amblyomma sculptum, is an important vector for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, also called Brazilian Spotted Fever.  The most lethal tick-born pathogen that […]

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Dr. David Turoff Recognized As February’s Good Works Recipient

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) applauds Dr. David Turoff, the February honoree of the Good Works for Horses Campaign, for his two decades of volunteer service improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules in underdeveloped regions of the world. Good Works for Horses honors AAEP-member practitioners who perform volunteer service to […]

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Survey Results Establish Equine Research Priorities

Colic (gastrointestinal diseases) is considered by both equine veterinarians and horse owners as the most important equine health care problem in need of more answers, according to the results of research surveys conducted in partnership by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation and the American Horse Council (AHC) Foundation. In 2018, AAEP and […]

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Repeat After Me: Study Shows Biomarkers Again Linked To Injury Risk In Thoroughbreds

Orthopedic injuries in racehorses are responsible for nearly 70 percent of lost training days; these injuries have an impact on equine welfare and income generated from racing. Injury diagnosis and prevention has been at the forefront of racehorse research, and a new study has again shown that serum biomarkers in bone and cartilage can be […]

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Energy Saver: Study Shows That Racehorses Gallop Efficiently

A new study from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) shows that racehorses use less energy to gallop that was previously believed. Using force-plate technology, which measures ground reaction forces, the research team was able to accurately measure the external work used when horses gallop. This was the first time the technique has been used on […]

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Diatomaceous Earth Not A Substitute For Chemical Dewormers

With the ongoing concern over equine parasite’s resistance to dewormers, horse owners and caretakers are always on the lookout for other options to keep worms at bay. Diatomaceous earth has been used for years as a dewormer for livestock. When ingested, the diatomaceous earth, which is a silica-rich powder, supposedly slices through the worm’s exoskeletons […]

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Risk Of Joint Infections Low In Horses After Injection

Keeping joints healthy often requires a proactive approach: routine exercise, weight management, minimization of trauma, and regular use of oral joint health supplements such as glucosamine hydrochloride, hyaluronic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, and chondroitin sulfate. “Kentucky Equine Research offers several high-quality joint supplements that can be given to young, sound horses prior to the onset of osteoarthritis to help […]

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What’s Age Got To Do With It? Caring For Geriatric Horses

The idea that age is but a number is as true for animals as it is for humans. Horses, especially ponies, are routinely living to the mid-twenties and even thirties. Often, the equines still enjoy life, work, or performing into their third decade. “We shouldn’t use one age to classify a horse as geriatric,” said […]

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