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Blindfolding Horses: Help For Neurological Diagnosis

Equine researchers* recently suggested that blindfolding horses can be a powerful tool for veterinarians when differentiating between lameness and neurological diseases resulting in abnormal gaits. According to the group of European researchers, “The ataxic horse remains a challenge, especially when the clinical signs are mild to moderate. Even experienced clinicians disagree on the subjective assessment of gait […]

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Supporting Reproductive Health In Aging Mares

Mare, mare, quite contrary, how do your follicles grow? Perhaps more importantly, how does the growth of follicles—the small sac on the ovary from which an egg is released—change with each passing year of a mare’s reproductive career? This and other questions related to the ageing equine reproductive tract were recently asked by a group of […]

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Nutrient Digestibility In Horses: Does It Change With Age?

The population of horses over the age of 20 has increased in recent history, thanks to better healthcare and increased scientific knowledge of the aging process. Many horsemen believe that diets should be more heavily fortified as horses age in order to make up for losses in digestive efficiency. New research is challenging this notion, though. A […]

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Taking Control: Managing Small Strongyles in Adult Horses

Internal parasites remain important health concerns for horses in all corners of the globe. In younger horses, roundworms (Parascaris spp.) can cause colic, ill thrift, and dull hair coats. Older horses, however, are primarily infested with cyathostomins, known more commonly as small strongyles. In fact, almost 100% of horses, regardless of how well they are managed, have cyathostomins. While […]

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Use Caution When Feeding Freshly Baled Hay for Horses

Horse owners know that hay is often least expensive when it has been baled recently. Some people get an even deeper discount if they haul the bales from the hayfield themselves. Can freshly baled hay be fed to horses immediately? Must there be a curing period following baling and before feeding? Hay cultivation, like so […]

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Fish Oil And Corticosteroids Can Positively Impact Airway Disease

Many owners suffer alongside their horses with airway disease, feeling distress while watching horses cough during exercise and perform with difficulty. Despite the widespread incidence of airway disease in horses, treatment options remain limited. According to a recent study*, many horses need more than just corticosteroid anti-inflammatories to improve airway health. Currently, many veterinarians recommend […]

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Well, Poop: What Causes Changes In Horse Manure Consistency?

Loose manure and diarrhea in horses typically stem from one of three causes: antibiotic therapy, diet, or disease. Because of excessive water loss associated with diarrhea, affected horses can become dehydrated and have other problems, so horse owners should investigate changes in manure consistency immediately, calling in a veterinarian if necessary. Because microbes in a horse’s gut […]

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Exploring Aloe Vera For Gastric Ulcers

In the seemingly never-ending battle against equine gastric ulcers, a research team from the University of Adelaide in South Australia reached for an unusual solution: aloe vera. According to those scientists*, aloe vera isn’t just soothing for burnt or irritated skin but also potentially beneficial for protecting the sensitive lining of the stomach. “The inner […]

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‘Overdoing It’: What To Do When Scar Tissue Becomes Proud Flesh

Following a soft tissue injury to the limbs, many horses seem to embrace the notion that anything worth doing is worth overdoing. In this case, the “overdoing” component refers to the production of excessive scar tissue called exuberant granulation tissue (EGT) or proud flesh—an unsightly overgrowth of tissue in a healing wound that poses significant […]

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