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The Animal Wellness Foundation (AWF), in its latest disaster response efforts, is providing hay to horses impacted by Hurricane Dorian on the island of Grand Bahama. Large animals are often not a central focus of animal disaster response efforts...
  Thumbs up: Knowing your horse’s body condition score for a healthy weight It’s hard to resist the urge to squeal over how adorable a chubby pony is. But unfortunately, overweight horses and ponies aren’t cute—they’re unhealthy. Being too thin also...
Keeping your horse's hooves health and strong during all times of year is key to ensuring preparedness for any challenge.
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...
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