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Potentially Deadly: Acorn Toxicity In Horses

A 2015 study from England followed nine horses over a nine-year period that were suspected of becoming ill after eating acorns. Five of the horses presented with shock and bloody diarrhea—all five of those horses either died or were euthanized. The other four horses had colic and diarrhea; three of those survived and the fourth […]

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Five Management Strategies To Help A Horse Live Longer

The way a horse is managed throughout his life has a direct impact on how long he lives. With proper care that includes disease prevention, parasite control, routine dental care and others, a horse has a good chance of living well into his twenties or even longer, reports EQUUS. Poor mobility, founder, and the inability […]

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A Honey-do List For Colic Surgeries

Colic is one of the most common equine ailments. It can be caused by a plethora of things, including grain overload, impaction, gas, parasite infection and sand ingestion. Nearly three percent of horses colic a year, reports The Horse. Of these, nearly 17 percent require colic surgery. Between 11 and 42 percent of the horses […]

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Colic And Weather Changes: What You Can Do To Protect Your Horse

Veterinarians will tell you that when certain types of weather are forecast, they can expect a rise in colic cases. Some correlation between weather and colic is easily understandable. Frozen water supplies in winter and a combination of drought and increased sweating in summer may prevent a horse from drinking as much water as it […]

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Feed Me: How Often Should Horses Be Fed?

Though some horses live outside constantly, many horses, especially those that are boarded, are kept in stalls for at least part of the day. Barn managers may differ in the number of times per day they feed grain and hay meals to the horses in their care, but twice-a-day feedings are considered standard. In their […]

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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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Champion Monomoy Girl ‘Doing Very Well,’ Resumes Training In Florida

Champion and 2018 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Monomoy Girl may have missed out on a 2019 campaign, but the 4-year-old daughter of Tapizar is aiming for a comeback in 2020. According to horseracingnation.com, the filly has resumed training at Paul Sharp’s farm in Williston, Fla., and will return to trainer Brad Cox at the Fair Grounds […]

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Colic Or Rabies? Similar Symptoms Can Place Horse Owners At Risk

“The horse was in extreme distress and the horse owners agreed: The only option to alleviate the suffering was euthanasia,” said Ed Murray, DVM, owner of Coosa Valley Equine Center in Pell City, Alabama. Dr. Murray shared his experience about a devastating case that stands out among his 47 years of being an equine veterinarian. […]

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Grade 1 Winner Delta Prince Euthanized At Age Six

Grade 1 winner Delta Prince, an Adena Springs homebred, was euthanized at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital on Friday, Oct. 25, following complications associated with laminitis and renal failure subsequent to an incident of colic. Set to join the Adena Springs Kentucky stallion roster for 2020, Delta Prince enjoyed a stellar racing career, earning $1,174,170 […]

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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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