horse care

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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Body Of Horse Found In Ancient Viking Boat Burial

Sweden unearthed two rare Viking boat burials last fall during an excavation in Old Uppsala. One of the boats had a man in the stern, and a dog and a horse in the bow; personal items were also discovered. Fully excavated in the last month, the remains of the man, dog and horse were all […]

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Five Feathers Equine Massage Receives Cease And Desist From NY State

Lori Smith, a certified equine sports massage therapist in New York, has been ordered to close her business or face potential criminal and civil penalties. The cease and desist order was filed against Five Feathers Equine Massage citing that Smith is not a licensed veterinarian. The Government Justice Center (GJC) is non-partisan legal center that […]

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Nearly 150 Horses Rescued In Alleged Cruelty Situation In Texas

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is assisting the Camp County Sheriff’s Office and Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement Home in removing approximately 150 horses from an alleged large-scale cruelty situation in Camp County, Texas. The Camp County Sheriff’s Office served a seizure warrant on an approximately 45-acre property at approximately 7:30 […]

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The Right Horse Initiative Awards $100,000 Grant To Rehome Louisiana Thoroughbreds

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, a 501(c)3 nonprofit equine adoption organization specializing in racehorse aftercare, has been awarded a grant to expand their program into Louisiana. The WaterShed Animal Fund, through its Right Horse Initiative, awarded the $100,000 grant to New Vocations to support opening a new facility and rehoming 50-plus retiring Thoroughbreds annually. Opening […]

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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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