Ulcer Formation Based On More Than Just Forage Access

Many of today’s horse owners and caretakers are mindful of the need to manage their animals in a way that most closely mimics how they would live in the wild. Many people believe the most natural forms of management — additional turnout time, more reliance on forage and less on concentrate, etc. — help reduce […]

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Study: Stall Size And Direction During Travel Affect Equine Welfare

Wider stalls and facing rearward may reduce transport stress on horses during long journeys. Wider stalls were especially beneficial in making it easier for horses to keep their balance, a study has found. Horses that struggle to keep their balance on long journeys were found to have an increase in muscle enzymes and worse gastric […]

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Blister Beetles In Hay Claim Lives Of 14 Wisconsin Horses

Last year’s volatile weather affected hay production throughout much of the United States. Wisconsin was no different, with many horse owners having to purchase hay from out state. Peterson Kanarowski, owner of Red Ridge Ranch in Mauston, WI, purchased a load of hay from an online auction in South Dakota. This fall, Kanarowski noticed that […]

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Feed Me: How Often Should Horses Be Fed?

Though some horses live outside constantly, many horses, especially those that are boarded, are kept in stalls for at least part of the day. Barn managers may differ in the number of times per day they feed grain and hay meals to the horses in their care, but twice-a-day feedings are considered standard. In their […]

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Nighttime Nibbles: Why Horses Need Constant Access To Forage

Most equine owners and caretakers know a horse needs to have something in his stomach almost constantly to avoid issues like colic, ulcers and mental stress. But what about during the night, when he should be asleep? Research shows that horses need something to nibble even when it’s dark out–but the solution isn’t just to […]

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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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Cribbing And Colic: Which Comes First?

If you have a cribber, chances are that horse is going to colic sometime during the period you own him. Not every cribber colics, but the two conditions often go hand in hand. Most scientific papers on colic include cribbing as one of its risk factors. The mystery is no one knows why cribbers are […]

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NSAIDs: Are Any Easy On Equine Stomachs?

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) are used frequently by equine owners and caretakers; they are second in use only to dewormers. NSAIDs are prescribed for a variety of reasons, including everything from recovery from surgery to lameness issues. While these drugs are extremely helpful in managing equine pain, they do have a fairly significant side effect: gastric […]

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Grain And Colic: Is There A Connection?

Straight grains, like corn, barley, sweet feed or oats, can contribute to the onset of colic in horses. Bagged feeds, which have higher-fiber ingredients, are processed so they are gentler on equine digestive tracts. The equine small intestine cannot absorb loads of starch at one time; what can’t be absorbed goes into the large intestine, […]

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