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Head Tilt Could Indicate Inner Ear Issue

While some horses are difficult to bridle because they’re getting used to a new bit or a new way of handling, resistance to being bridled and a head tilt may be indicative the horse has an issue with the ear, mouth or skull, reports The Horse. A true head tilt means that the horse’s poll […]

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Q and A: How To Feed An Underweight Horse

In a recent question and answer column on TheHorse.com, a reader asked veterinarian Dr. Clair Thunes, PhD about the best ways to put weight on an off-track Thoroughbred she recently adopted. The horse, says the reader, is selective in what it wants to eat and is generally disinterested in hay and pellets. Thunes, who is […]

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Is There A Difference Between Gastrogard And Ulcergard?

If you have had a horse with ulcers, chances are you are familiar with Gastrogard and Ulcergard. Both are commercial names for opmeprazole, but one (Ulcergard) can be purchased over the counter while the other (Gastrogard) must be bought from a veterinarian. In a recent installment of The Horse’s Q and A with veterinarian Megan […]

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Hold Your Horses: Chemo Successfully Slows Equine Lymphoma Progression

Cancer in horses is often treated similarly to cancer in humans: with chemotherapy. Recent research has shown that this choice of medical intervention can put horses with lymphoma into remission and give them several more months or years to live. The Horse reports that Daniela Luethy, DVM, lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of […]

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Easy Ways To Create Healthier Pastures

There are simple measures farm managers and horsemen can take to encourage their pastures to grow lush and resilient. This year, for example, was unusually wet, with significantly higher amounts of rainfall and snowfall. Often, increased moisture leads to sloppy, muddy pastures, which are less than ideal for sprouting thick grass. According to a report […]

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Racehorse Welfare: Opinion vs. Science

The general public has taken a more critical view of horseracing in the past decade, especially where issues of equine welfare are concerned. Those concerns could, however, have more to do with lack of understanding of scientific facts and the reasoning behind some practices than anything else. Recently a group of researchers led by Dr. […]

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Racetrack Surfaces Key To Keeping Horse And Rider Safe

Proper footing is imperative to keeping horses and riders safe, no matter what discipline they are competing in, and footing has been a growing focus for researchers around the world. Mick Peterson, PhD, the director of the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs and also a faculty member within UK’s Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, […]

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Horse In Japan Likely Contracted MRSA From Veterinarian

Recently a Thoroughbred in a Japanese veterinary hospital was diagnosed with MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a bacterium that causes infection in various parts of the body. The question soon arose – how did the horse contract the deadly and difficult-to-treat disease? The attending veterinarians, who work for the Japan Racing Association (JRA), conducted an investigation […]

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AHP’s Fourth Equine Industry Survey Now Open

American Horse Publications (APH) announced the launch of their fourth Equine Industry Survey on January 22, which tracks participation trends and management practices in the U. S. horse industry. The study, which will be conducted by Dr. Jill Stowe, PhD, an agricultural economics professor at the University of Kentucky, will help to identify key issues […]

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Legal Considerations When Selling, Leasing, or Re-Homing A Horse With Issues

Rehoming a horse can be a challenge, but when attempting to sell or give away a horse with behavioral or physical issues, it can be not only difficult, but a liability if not approached properly. In order to protect yourself, the horse in question and also the potential new owner, there are some tips The […]

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