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Keen Observation Skills Key To Keeping Horses Healthy

Horses are notoriously stoic animals, hiding pain as long as possible because of their fight-or-flight instincts. Horse owners and caretakers can help ensure their horse is pain-free by knowing what “normal” is for each animal, reports The Horse. Horse owners should take note of things like when each of their horses lies down and for […]

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Take It To Heart: Heart Rate Monitors Provide Insight Into Equine Welfare

A horse’s heart rate can tell owners and caretakers a lot about his fitness and overall health; an increased heart rate can indicate an underlying problem before any outward signs manifest. An increased heart rate can be indicative of pain or stress. Because of this, it’s important to know a horse’s resting heart rate so […]

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Study: Do Some Castrations Cause Ongoing Pain?

Castration, a routine surgery that can be completed either standing sedated or completely anesthetized laying down, may cause issues for geldings long after the surgical incision has healed. New research suggests that neuromas, a mass of cells and nerves that form on a severed nerve, may be more common than previously thought at the castration […]

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Causes Of Girthiness Not One Size Fits All, Study Finds

Some horses get get a reputation for stressing out when their girth is tightened, swishing their tail, pinning their ears, kicking out or even trying to bite the person tightening the girth. There is no single cause of girthiness in horses. Back pain, saddle fit, ulcers and other causes may all play a role in […]

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Beyond NSAIDs: Diet Can Help Support A Horse Battling Uveitis

Uveitis is the leading cause of blindness among horses in the United States, and veterinarians are still looking for the best ways to manage the painful inflammation. Most medical management is focused on the acute phase of the disease, when the horse is treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to […]

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Asymmetrical Movement In Horses: Pain Or Biology?

Uneven movement in horses is common; while this asymmetrical movement raises suspicions of mild lameness, may owners consider their horses sound. Drs. Emma Persson-Sjodin, Elin Hernlund, Pia Haubro Andersen, Marie Rhodin, Thilo Pfau and Karin Holm Forsström wanted to discover if the asymmetry is indicative of pain or disease, or if it is simply a […]

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Stand Up: The Benefits Of Standing Equine Surgeries

One of the most complicated parts of equine surgery is putting the horse under anesthesia and then bringing them out of anesthesia after the surgery is completed. A horse coming out of anesthesia may struggle and injure himself. Additional complications can include side effects from the drugs used to anesthetize the horse, laryngeal collapse, nerve […]

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Bad Behavior Or Sign Of Pain? Horses Are Trying To Tell Us

Any time a horse expresses resistance or undesirable behavior, it’s worthwhile to investigate why—it’s not always a training issue he’s simply refusing to do; the horse may be in pain. Horses have no ulterior motive; they simply seek relief from discomfort. Identifying the root cause of the discomfort the horse is trying to get away […]

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Dental Pain Often Overlooked As Potential Culprit In Horses With Behavioral Issues

Some behavioral issues in horses may be related to tooth pain, which is not readily recognized by owners, researchers say. Dr. Jaana Pehkonen, of the University of Helsinki, along with Drs. Leena Karmab and Marja Raekallioc, interviewed 47 horse owners whose equines had had a tooth removed because of a bacterial infection in the tip […]

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The Tail Tale: An External Indicator Of Equine Health

A horse’s tail can be a great indicator of a his overall health: it should hang straight down and shift from side to side as he moves. A horse that holds his tail to one side could be indicating a loss of motion in the sacrum joint or in the tissues surrounding it. A chiropractor […]

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