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Possible Tie Between Selenium And Cribbing

Stereotypic behaviors such as weaving, cribbing, and stall-walking occur commonly in high-performance horses as well as many companion horses. In addition to being unsightly, potentially damaging to the barn, and raising welfare concerns, stereotypic behaviors also result in important health issues such as dental disorders, temporohyoid joint damage, poor performance, weight loss, and colic. “Cribbing is the […]

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Sunflower Seeds for Horses: Yea or Nay?

Sunflower seeds have become commonplace in feed rooms across the country. They are a rich source of fat that may promote skin health, a shiny coat, and perhaps even weight gain in horses. Are all sunflower seeds the same? Of course not. Classic sunflower seeds, like those consumed at sporting events and used in the […]

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Breeding Broodmares After Colic Surgery

Colic can strike at any time in any horse, but certain types of colic occur more frequently in particular breeds or horses used for specific purposes. Broodmares, for example, tend to suffer colic due to large colon volvulus—a full twist of the large intestine that completely cuts off the flow of ingesta, as well as the […]

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Can Beet Pulp Prevent Gastric Ulcers in Horses?

Any horse can develop gastric ulcers—painful erosions of the stomach lining that contribute to weight loss, poor performance, irritability, and colic. Despite intense study of equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) in horses, failsafe management strategies have yet to be identified. One recent study on EGUS in warmbloods* reported that horses offered beet pulphad a lower risk of […]

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Risk Assessment: Equine Gastric Ulcers

Poor performance in athletic horses can have multiple causes, including equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS). Not only can EGUS negatively impact training and competition outcomes, these lesions contribute to decreased appetite, weight loss, and colic. Does your horse have EGUS? Is he at risk? If so, what can be done? EGUS includes ulcers found in either the […]

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Possible Link Between Selenium And Cribbing In Horses

Stereotypic behaviors such as weaving, cribbing, and stall-walking occur commonly in high-performance horses as well as many companion horses. In addition to being unsightly, potentially damaging to the barn, and raising welfare concerns, stereotypic behaviors also result in important health issues such as dental disorders, temporohyoid joint damage, poor performance, weight loss, and colic. “Cribbing is the […]

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Indiana-Breds Working Double Duty As Racehorses And KER Research Stock

It’s not often you hear of racehorses having a secondary job while still in training and competitively racing, but a handful of Indiana-bred Thoroughbreds are pulling double duty on the track and in the research barn for owner Dr. Joe Pagan, owner of Kentucky Equine Research (KER). “We have a unique racing program,” says Dr. […]

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Study: Serotonin May Improve Stallion Fertility

Horses remain resistant to certain assisted reproductive techniques, such as in vitro fertilization, that help preserve desirable genetic traits and minimize economic losses associated with reproductive failure. Roadblocks to reproductive success that specifically involve stallions include: Difficulties in semen preservation for artificial insemination; Decreased viability of sperm following cooling or freezing; Low success rates of […]

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Advantages of Hay Nets and Hay Feeders

While forage is the most important part of a horse’s diet, circumstances arise when intake should be limited. Obese horses and ponies with metabolic conditions, for example, may need to have calorie intake controlled carefully to avoid overconsumption of energy. Limiting forage intake can mean less time spent chewing, and with this comes a reduction […]

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New Vaccine For Horses With Insect Bite Hypersensitivity

Despite the fact that 10% of the world’s horses and up to 60% of Australian horses suffer from insect-bite sensitivity, a cure has been elusive. A team of veterinarians recently reported it has created an effective vaccine against insect-bite hypersensitivity. According to the researchers*, “insect-bite hypersensitivity is the most common allergic dermatitis in horses.” Classic signs […]

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