I Will Survive: Strangles Bacteria Viable Much Longer Than Originally Thought

Scary news from British researchers should have horse people on high alert: A research team has discovered that the bacteria that causes strangles can survive in the environment for up to 34 days. Infected horses can “shed” the bacteria, even when not showing signs of the disease; the bacteria can survive for significant lengths of […]

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Consistent Diet Key To Hindgut Bacteria Stability In Horses

A new study shows that a core bacterial community has stability in the horse’s hindgut when the animal is fed a uniform diet. The study was done to understand how the bacteria in this region of the animal changes over time; the study was essential in providing a baseline for interpreting the impact of both […]

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Making Changes Gradually To A Horse’s Diet Prevents Gastric Upset

Horses rely on fiber, such as hay, pasture grass and concentrated feeds, for the majority of their nutrients, thanks in large part to a digestive system designed to properly process such material. The bacteria and protozoa in a horse’s stomach ferment and break down the fibrous material a horse consumes, converting it into nutrients and […]

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Getting The Jump On Mud-Borne Ailments

With spring right around the corner, so too is the season for mud-related ailments in horses. Thrush, scratches and other issues associated with standing in wet environments can not only cause a horse discomfort, but can also lead to bigger problems if not treated properly, or staved off all together. Journeyman farrier Danvers Child, says […]

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Nailed It: Copper Nails Promise To Revolutionize Horse Hoof Care

Horseshoe manufacturer Kerckhaert recently announced the development of the Liberty Cu horseshoe nails, which have a unique coating: antimicrobial copper, which promises to be a completely new type of product designed at preventing infections. Copper stops bacteria from entering the hoof wall through the nail holes as the nails are driven into the hoof wall, said the Royal […]

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Three Steps To Thwart Thrush In Horses’ Hooves

When the ground is wet and muddy, horses’ hooves don’t get a chance to dry out and firm up, often leading to a bacterial infection called thrush. Thrush, which thrives in wet, unsanitary conditions, affects the frog of the horse’s hoof. Often the ailment is noticed by a strong odor and a dark, crumbly substance in […]

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Human Technology Helps Diagnose Equine Diseases More Quickly

Time is of the essence for an equine disease diagnosis; early diagnosis can help protect herd health, as well as allow veterinarians more choices to save lives. For many diseases, owners and vets may have to wait multiple days for tests to be run to determine the specific bacteria that is causing the issues. These […]

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Antibiotics Shown To Significantly Alter Equine Gut Bacteria

Researchers at the University of Guelph in Canada have conducted and published a study showing the effects commonly used antibiotics have on the equine gastrointestinal system. Twenty-four adult mares were used in the study, with none of them having been on antibiotics within the six months prior to the study. The horses were separated into […]

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