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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.

Ask anyone with asthma what it’s like to have an attack and words like “suffocating,” “drowning,” and “an elephant on my chest” are a common refrain. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America explains that asthma is a “long-term...
Vetting a horse in a pre-purchase exam (PPE) isn’t like looking into a crystal ball. A PPE can’t predict a life-threatening or career-ending injury or a catastrophic diagnosis. Nor is the exam meant to foretell a horse’s future health...
We have all seen the behaviors that are commonly associated with “hot” horses: the endless energy they have running and playing out in pastures, the overexcitability they have under saddle and even the jittery anxiousness they maintain in cross-ties...
Maybe one of the following scenarios sounds familiar: Your horse had a mild but persistent lameness, but you wondered about the diagnostics your veterinarian used. Or perhaps an acute injury has laid your horse up, and you’re wondering if...
Informed horse owners would never intentionally do something that could cause their horse to colic. Yet many owners unwittingly follow feeding practices that can make horses more susceptible to gastrointestinal distress and abdominal pain. Learn the most common feeding...
The 2023 ASPCA Right Horse Summit in Lexington Kentucky, kicked off with a discussion about intake and assessment best practices. In addition to ensuring that the horses are up to date on vaccinations and basic veterinary care, considering soundness...
I wasn’t worried about performing the actual mass removal; it was a procedure I’d done on many horses and wasn’t a difficult surgery. The mass was in a tricky location on the horse's knee, and it would be difficult...
If you live in an area where sunlight is plentiful and horses spend hours outside, you’ve most likely seen white faces turn pink as warmer weather takes hold. Like humans, horses are susceptible to sunburn, which occurs when skin...
Anhidrosis is a fairly common problem for horses in hot and humid regions, but there is hope for keeping them in work, even without relocating.Anhidrosis is a condition defined by the decreased ability to sweat in response to an...
Horses, like humans, can experience a variety of heart disorders or defects, ranging from inconsequential to life-threatening issues. Though some diagnostic tools are the same between species, such as the use of stethoscopes in physical exams, echocardiography (ultrasound) and...
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