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Horse Health

The earliest horses were tiny woodland creatures, the size of a housecat or small dog. They had a springy back and (usually) four toes in the front and three toes in the back. Over millions of years, as the...
  It didn’t look like very much equipment, I thought, as I watched the representative from the company unpack the few boxes that had arrived. A large centrifuge was parked on the counter and a small container of cartridges sat...

Lyme Time

When I was recently in Massachusetts walking in the woods with my friend and her dog, a constant refrain I heard was, “Stay on the path! Do not venture into the grass or the woods.” The reason: ticks.  Perhaps you’ve...
Any horse can colic, even if they are otherwise healthy and receive good care. Modifying a horse's diet, or feeding a diet that has too much starch or insufficient fiber, can increase a horse's colic risk. Leaky gut...
Straight grains such as corn, oats and barley or sweet feed can contribute to the development of colic. Many bagged concentrates have high-fiber ingredients to be more gentle on digestive tracts. Too Much Starch If too much starch is fed in...
Travel and competition are stressful events for horses. Leaving home and changing daily routines can add a variety of colic-producing conditions: If your horse is used to being on pasture, a sudden change to dry hay can throw his...
Thumbs Up: Understanding common colic risk factors Colic is a potentially deadly and unfortunately common condition that affects horses of all ages, breeds, and disciplines. In fact, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) estimates 700,000 horses will colic each year...
Some plants can be quite toxic to horses, so it’s important to watch out for them in pastures and hay. While the complete list of poisonous plants is extensive, here are some common varieties that may cause health issues...
Ulcers are very common in horses, affecting horses in all disciplines--including pleasure/trail riding horses--with the highest prevalence among racehorses. There are two types of equine gastric ulcer syndrome: the more common equine squamous gastric disease (ESGD), which affects...
Dietary management has an important impact on equine squamous gastric disease (ESGD), although it has little effect on equine glandular gastric disease (EGGD). (For more information on the distinction between these two forms of equine gastric disease, read Overcoming...
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