horse care

When Is ‘Natural’ Horse Care Not Natural?

The terms “natural” and “organic” are used in a variety of applications, including both the human and equine worlds. While items using the term “organic” are regulated by government agencies, those using the term “natural” are not, so care should be taken by horse owners when buying or prescribing to anything using this term. Horses […]

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Wild Boars Attacking Horses in South Carolina

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has concluded that wild boars are responsible for five recent attacks on horses that have taken place in the last month in Greenville and Spartanburg counties. Horses that were attacked had lacerations on their hind legs and faces. Joined by several other law-enforcement agencies, SLED concluded that these […]

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Kidney Function Imperative To Equine Health

Kidneys are of vital importance to the overall health of any animal. These organs provide important functions, including balancing electrolytes, maintaining blood pressure, removing waste, producing calcium and more. To accomplish all these tasks, kidneys require significant blood flow—nearly 25 percent of cardiac output. Because of this, any changes in blood flow can have significant […]

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Rise In Neurologic Form of EHV-1 Cause For Concern

A new review reports that equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1)—specifically the neurologic form of the disease–is still a large threat to the equine industry, potentially disrupting training and breeding schedules; restricting movement of horses; and potentially cancelling equine events such as shows and races. There has been a marked increase in the number of reported neurologic cases […]

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Outrage Over Equine Abuse In Australia Prompts Call For National Horse Registry

The Australian Veterinary Association is requesting a national horse registry be established by the federal government as rapidly as possible. The group is also asking for better enforcement of animal welfare standards for horses that are sent to slaughterhouses. This outcry for regulation is in response to footage shown by ABC of racehorses being mistreated […]

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New Zealand Study Shows Vet Students Need Hands-on Help

Many veterinary students are not as familiar with horses as students have been in years past, in part because many are raised in settings that are more removed from the farming lifestyle older veterinarians may have experienced. A recent study in New Zealand found that many vet students need to learn basic equine behavior and […]

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A New Way To Administer Fluids In A Pinch

Some equine conditions, like colic, necessitate the administration of large amounts of fluid over a short period of time. While this can be done through a nasogastric tube, it’s not always feasible or advisable in every situation. Fluids can also be run intravenously, which puts the fluid directly into circulation, but there may be logistic […]

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Steel Shoes May Be Better For Racehorses Than Aluminum, Farriers Say

Traditions are hard to shake in horse racing, but one area that appears open to change is shoeing. One of those changes in years gone by was to switch from training in steel shoes to aluminum plates. Pete Butler, son of respected farrier and clinician Dr. Doug Butler, wrote in his blog that steel shoes […]

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What Is Pyramidal Hoof Disease?

“Buttress foot,” also called pyramidal hoof disease, is generally seen in horses with poor leg conformation that are worked in high-impact disciplines, Dr. Raul Bras told The Horse. Dr. Bras, a veterinary podiatrist, explained that pyramidal hoof disease is a form of osteoarthritis that affects the coffin joint or the pastern joint. Pyramidal disease occurs […]

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Zoetis Announces Acquisition of Platinum Performance

Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS) today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Platinum Performance, a privately held, nutrition-focused animal heath company. Platinum’s premium nutritional product formulas and unique approach to the field of scientific wellness for horses, dogs and cats will further strengthen and diversify Zoetis’ portfolio in the equine and pet care […]

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