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Question: When was the last time you had a fecal egg count reduction test (FECRT) done on your horse? If you answered, “Within the last six to 12 months to see how my deworming program is working,” congratulations. You’re paying...
Unfortunately, there are plenty of horse owners still following an outdated program (from the 1960s!) of deworming by rotating products and treating their horses every two months or even more often. There’s more to worry about here than simply...
Horse in a wash rack waiting for the vet

Treating Laminitis

If your horse is showing signs of developing laminitis, your vet and farrier can help you come up with a management plan to reduce the risk of founder. Sudden-onset laminitis is a serious emergency that needs to be...
Pony with a cresty neck

Laminitis Emergency

Laminitis is a breakdown in the interior supportive structures of the horse's hoof. One of the most common causes of laminitis is over-consumption of high-sugar feeds or spring grass, but there are many potential causes. Founder is a...
This article was originally published on May 18, 2015. With the warm days of spring and summer just around the corner, you and your horse are probably gearing up for a busy season. Here’s a list of some important health...
A spring veterinary appointment for your horse can cover vaccinations, Coggins test, dental exams, and other key equine wellness assessments. Riders should plan a careful conditioning schedule for their horses if they've been on a reduced riding schedule...
There are five horse diseases for which the vaccines are considered core, or essential, for all horses in North America: Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE); Western equine encephalomyelitis (WEE); Rabies; West Nile virus; and Tetanus. The core vaccines are...
This article was originally posted on September 17, 2015. The health of a horse’s joints is pivotal for not only his athletic career but also for his quality of life. For these reasons, osteoarthritis—also referred to as degenerative joint disease—is...
This video was originally posted on July 28, 2008. Barb Wells is a certified equine shiatsu massage therapist. In this video, Barb demonstrates a few basic stretches that you can try with your horse. These stretches are intended to maintain flexibility...
This article was originally posted on August 21, 2012. Q: I have a wonderful riding pony that I am thinking about breeding, but I'm afraid she might be too old. She's 20 years old, but has always been healthy. I...
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