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Horse Health

Horse Illustrated's Vet Adventures columnist shares how she discovers a massive horse health problem. Cimarron, a stallion, lay quietly on his side in the snow as I walked up to his pen. He stretched out his neck and halfheartedly nibbled...
In this Vet Adventures column, a horse suffers an accidental injury, but he still finds his perfect match through a strange twist of fate. Everyone had high hopes for Bramble when he was born. The offspring of two prominent Quarter...
For a veterinarian, time is extremely valuable. Every minute represents a chance to save an equine life—but some horse owners don't always respect the value of a veterinarian's time.I checked my watch as I parked at the unfamiliar arena....
Believe it or not, skin is the body’s largest organ, so it makes sense that untreated skin problems can make your horse miserable in a hurry, especially when exacerbated by heat and biting insects. Some skin conditions are also...
When I bought my pony, Ferrous, the former owner disclosed that he had trouble sweating, but a supplement was all he needed to be healthy in the summer. In truth, I quickly realized how anhidrosis, the inability to sweat...
Colic surgery. It’s invasive, astronomically expensive, and there’s no guarantee it will be successful. If your horse does make it through the colic surgery, recovery is long, arduous and time-consuming. And when he’s recovered, he’ll always be prone to...
Believe it or not, skin is the body’s largest organ, so it makes sense that untreated skin funk can make your horse miserable in a hurry, especially when exacerbated by heat and biting insects. some skin conditions are also...
The day may come when it’s time to retire your senior horse from riding, perhaps due to arthritis or an old injury that would prevent you from being able to exercise him like before. Or perhaps he’s developed neurological...
It was obvious that the two little feral ponies wanted absolutely nothing to do with humans. They huddled together at the far end of the paddock watching us warily. Lonnie sighed and rested her hands on the wooden fence.“It...
The following story from our Vet Adventures columnist showcases lessons learned by a pre-vet student while doing ride-alongs with a veterinarian.It was early morning and my vet tech, Meghan, and I unsuspectingly greeted our student shadow for the day....
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