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Horse Health

Horse Illustrated has hundreds of articles on horse health topics, such as certain diseases and conditions, how to improve horse wellbeing, and how to help your sick horse. Find articles about veterinary exams, dental exams, horse diseases, horse conditions, research studies on horse health, supplements, veterinary treatments, surgeries, diagnostic tools and their uses, equine emergencies, and more. Learn how to help your horse behave for the vet and the farrier, how to budget for veterinary bills, more on stretching and equine chiropractic care, rehabilitating a horse, etc.Conditions discussed include colic, laminitis, Cushing's, ulcers, arthritis, infectious diseases (West Nile, strangles, etc.), hives and other skin conditions, and many more. For owners wanting to help their equine partners feel their best, we have it all.

When you’re out driving through the countryside in the springtime, a field full of yellow buttercups can be a lovely sight. When that field is your horse’s pasture, however, all those yellow buttercups can be a stress-inducing vision to...
Post-workout leg care can be as hot-button a topic as blanketing among horse owners. Some riders cold hose, wrap, and/or poultice their horse’s legs, while others simply leave their horses alone. But is there a “right” way to care...
Plenty has been written about the prevention, causes, and treatment of founder, but less information is available on whether or not afflicted horses will “successfully” recover. The answer, despite the availability of clinical exams to guide prognosis, is not...
Needles and horses usually aren’t anyone’s favorite mix, but if you’re around horses long enough, chances are you may need to give your horse an intramuscular (IM) injection. Knowing the key principles behind this procedure will make it much...
Feeding horses is a key component of their care. A big enough feeding mistake could cause colic (digestive upset) or laminitis (a painful inflammation of the feet), either of which can be a life-threatening veterinary emergency. Here are some feeding...
Horse ownership is daunting. The amount of information, opinions and different ways of doing things mean there are thousands of variations on how horse health is managed. Luckily, there are several core principles and routines throughout the year that...
Information about laminitis in horses advances all the time, but the reality of this crippling and life-threatening disease remains the same: Living in pain with deformed hooves cripples the laminitic horse while stress, worry and bills cripple the owners.Don’t...
A vet evaluates a horse with potential colitis

Colitis in Horses

Antibiotic-induced clostridial colitis must be recognized and treated promptly to prevent a horse owner’s worst nightmare.It’s safe to say we love horses—all horses. But every once in a while, we meet a heart horse. Like a soul mate or...
No one goes through life without making mistakes, and luckily for us, most errors have minor consequences. Even so, life with horses raises the bar because they are large, heavy, quick, easy to scare, and require a high level...
Aging affects every horse, and those accumulated years can cause serious dental health problems that require extra care. Of course, many older horses are ridden regularly and even compete into their late teens and early 20s. There is no...
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