dr. katherine houpt

Cast Horses: What To Do (And What Not To Do) To Help

Horsemen probably don’t comprehend how big and heavy a horse actually is until it gets cast against or under something and they have to get it unstuck. One futile tug on the mane of a cast horse and the person quickly will realize he or she needs assistance. “The first thing I would say is […]

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Doc’s Products, Inc. Presents How To Fix: The Horse That Won’t Load Into The Trailer

In this month’s edition of How To Fix, we ask the experts for their solutions for horses that don’t like being caught in the pasture. Any horse owner or farm worker has been through the cat-and-mouse game before, whether with a young horse or an adult, and it takes a lot of time and energy. […]

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Doc’s Products, Inc. Presents How To Fix: The Hard-To-Catch Horse

In this month’s edition of How To Fix, we ask the experts for their solutions for horses who don’t like being caught in the pasture. Any horse owner or farm worker has been through the cat-and-mouse game before, whether with a young horse or an adult, and it takes a lot of time and energy. […]

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Doc’s Products Inc. Presents How To Fix: The Needle-Shy Horse

In this month’s edition of How To Fix, we ask the experts for their thoughts on horses who are fearful of needles. As with humans, some have a particularly negative reaction to vaccines or medication injections, which can be dangerous for veterinarians and handers. We wondered whether it’s possible to break this cycle of apprehension. […]

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Doc’s Products, Inc. Presents How To Fix: The ‘Territorial’ Horse With The Traffic Cone

In this month’s edition of How To Fix, we ask the experts for their thoughts on horses who are aggressive about the space in front of and inside their stall. It’s not uncommon on a racing barn to see one stall with a traffic cone in front, warning workers and visitors not to walk too […]

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Study Suggests Furosemide Creates Lingering Sodium Imbalance Horses Struggle To Correct

Few racehorses compete without furosemide, a diuretic known commercially as Lasix, to reduce bleeding in the lungs, or exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH). Horsemen and armchair veterinarians alike have questioned whether horses suffer a long-term impact from repeated dosing of furosemide. Furosemide causes horses to lose sodium, and they might not be able to make up […]

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Don’t Touch My Ears: When Is Headshyness Behavioral, And When Is It Pain?

Many horses are head-shy, especially about having their ears touched. Bridling these horses becomes a daily hassle as is combing their forelock, clipping their bridle path, and brushing mud off their poll. Headshyness can prove not just annoying, but dangerous for handlers, but before you attempt to retrain the horse out of this behavior, it’s […]

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