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Readers may remember an earlier column about “March” and his owner, “Linnea” (The Last Straw, August 2017). March had choked on wood shavings, and I’d feared his esophagus had ruptured. I was certain he would not survive the night,...
Originally posted on September 25, 2008 Winter is setting in, and while you may be tempted to wrap your horse in an overly toasty warm blanket and tuck him in to a heated barn for the cold season, avoid the...
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No matter how well they are cared for, many of the horses in backyard pastures or boarding barns will eventually need to be rehomed. This can happen when the animal’s owner becomes challenged by changing finances, illness, age or...
It’s estimated that 17 percent of horses in this country are over 20 years old. Today, the average horse in the United States can expect a longer, healthier life than his ancestors. There are multiple reasons for this increased longevity....
Horses are made to move—and they do so magnificently. We take their innate talent and fine-tune their abilities to suit our purposes in a wide range of riding sports, and joint health plays a major role in a horse...
You may dread it, but it’s that time of year again: the time when your horse’s winter coat sprouts long, thick and fluffy. You pull him out for a ride and spend 40 minutes knocking the mud off every...
Horses crave structure, consistency, praise and even discipline. In a herd setting, horses feel safe when they know that there’s an order and established rules. They know what to expect and where they stand within the hierarchy of the...
Q: What happens if a horse breaks his leg? A: It depends on where in his leg the broken bone is and how bad the fracture is. Some fractures are treatable and some are not. If the fracture is below...
Q: I own a 20-year-old Welsh Pony that recently had laminitis. She’s fine now, but the vet says she can’t have much sugar. My pony loves treats though, and I was wondering if you know of any substitutes. A: This...
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