Study: Common Equine Management Methods Harm Horse Health

Confining horses to individual stalls is a common form of equine management around the world, though this means of living is contrary to a horse’s natural instincts to live in a herd, exercise and eat nearly constantly. Researchers from France investigated 12 housing and management factors to determine what effect, if any, they had on […]

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Turn ‘Em Out: Pastured Horses Maintain Fitness

New research shows that pastured horses can stay as fit as their counterparts that live in a stall follow an exercise regimen. Dr. Patricia M. Graham-Thiers and a research team from Virginia Intermont College used 16 horses in a 14-week study to determine if horses kept in a stall and exercised or those that lived […]

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Stall-Side Kit To Test For Equine Inflammation And Infection Available

Zoetis, the world’s leading animal health company, announced that it will expand its portfolio of products and services for horses with the Stablelab® hand-held, point-of-care diagnostic blood test, which provides veterinarians critical information related to equine inflammation in 10 minutes. The Stablelab hand-held reader detects and quantifies the biomarker Serum Amyloid A (SAA), which is a major, acute phase protein […]

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Thrush: A Smelly Situation

Soggy spring weather can do more than make hooves pliable — it can bring on thrush, a smelly infection of the frog that causes a thick, black discharge. While mud itself might not bring on cases of thrush, if there is any organic matter in the mud, like urine or manure, the destruction of the […]

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Going Flat Out: Tips To Help Horses Catch Some Zs

As a prey animal, horses spend the majority of their time sleeping while standing up, but they must lie down to achieve truly deep sleep, also called rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. A well-rested horse needs about two to three hours of REM sleep a night, but this isn’t achieved all at once; many times […]

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To Stall Or Not To Stall? A Timeless Debate

The debate to keep horses in stalls or let them live outside is a fierce one among horse owners and caretakers. While many studies show the health benefits of keeping horses on grass as much as possible (increased joint and digestive health being two main points), there are some potential issues with this lifestyle, including […]

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Four Keys For Preventing Winter Colic

While colic can happen at any time of year, there are certain types of colic that are more likely to occur during the winter. The type of colic that occurs most frequently in cold months is impaction related, where feed stuffs accumulate and cause a blockage in the intestinal tract. This then backs up additional […]

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For Peat’s Sake: A Unique Bedding Alternative

Many alternative bedding sources have come on the market in the last few years: shredded newspaper, pelleted bedding, flax bedding and peat moss are just a few of the ones that can now be found in barns across the country. Not commonly used in the United States, peat moss is quite popular in other countries. […]

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