Denise Steffanus

What Stands Up? Facts And Myths About Standing Wraps

Human athletes use a soothing balm to ease muscle aches caused by strenuous exercise. For equine athletes after training or competition, the groom rubs a soothing brace into the horse’s legs, covers them with cushion wrap, and then applies standing wraps.  Properly done, the groom will rub the topical treatment into the horse’s legs while […]

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Vinegar And Horses: What’s It Used For, And Does Science Back It Up?

Apple cider vinegar is the natural remedy of choice for many horsemen, even if science doesn’t support many of its purported benefits. Vinegar has been used medicinally for thousands of years, all the way back to the father of medicine, Hippocrates, who disinfected wounds with it, among other uses. Vinegar is a natural antifungal, antimicrobial, […]

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Which Is Which? Matching Feed Ingredients With Nutrients

Anyone who has made an effort to read the label on a bag of horse feed knows that recognizing and understanding the ingredients is not easy. We know that three basic feed components — protein, fat, and fiber — are necessary in a horse’s diet, as well as various vitamins and minerals, but what ingredients […]

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Battling Guttural Pouch Mycosis: A First-Hand Account

Foozie is my farm clown. The 17.2-hand Thoroughbred gelding likes to steal hats and lead his pasture mates around by the halter. As gentle as he is big, Foozie also can be a handful at times. So when he stopped his playful antics, I knew something must be wrong. Foozie became lethargic, just moseying up […]

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Steffanus, Frakes Earn Media Eclipse Awards; Photography Award To Nancy Rokos

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB) today announced the Media Eclipse Award winners in the Feature Commentary and News Enterprise Writing categories and the Photography category. Jason Frakes of the Louisville Courier-Journal won the Feature/Commentary award for “Gunnevera Trainer Kidnapped Twice, Now in Kentucky Derby,” about trainer Antonio Sano. Denise Steffanus, […]

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Tiny Plastic Fibers Could Be The Key To Injury Healing In Horses

Tiny plastic fibers one-hundredth the width of a human hair have made it easier for veterinarians to repair hard-to-heal wounds in horses. The nanofibers are woven together to form a scaffold that is used to bridge the gap between the wound’s edges and enable the horse’s cells to fill in the gap, healing the wound […]

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Barn Buddies: The Yearling And The Wolf

In the life of our Barn Buddies series so far, we have met Thoroughbreds with all sorts of unusual companions. Cats, dogs, ducks, goats, sheep are all favorites. I’m not sure anyone can top a 17.2-hand yearling named Foozie, who belongs to decorated writer and Paulick Report Horse Care contributor Denise Steffanus. When he was […]

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Safe Travels: Questions To Ask Your Horse’s Hauler

When you send your horse on a cross-country trip, you trust the shipper will take good care of it and deliver it safely to its destination. But once that horse is out of your sight, things may go horribly wrong if you haven’t taken time to check out the shipper. Horse transport companies range from […]

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Rehabilitating Hooves After Long-Term Neglect Takes Thoughtful Approach

The most important challenge facing caretakers of horses from long-term neglect situations like the one we’ve covered recently in Mercer County, Ky., is restoring their health. When it comes to their hooves, horses may face a long road to recovery. Farrier Thad Gouge cares for the neglected feet of horses taken in by the Kentucky […]

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PR Special OBS April: Endoscopes, Storm Cat, Paulina’s Love

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the sales grounds of the OBS Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Ocala, Fla. In this edition of the PR Special, Denise Steffanus takes a look whether examination with an endoscope can spread disease.  Frank Mitchell turns his Stallion Spotlight on the impact of […]

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