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Horse Health

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...
Some plants can be quite toxic to horses, so it’s important to watch out for them in pastures and hay. While the complete list of poisonous plants is extensive, here are some common varieties that may cause health issues...
Ulcers are very common in horses, affecting horses in all disciplines--including pleasure/trail riding horses--with the highest prevalence among racehorses. There are two types of equine gastric ulcer syndrome: the more common equine squamous gastric disease (ESGD), which affects...
Dietary management has an important impact on equine squamous gastric disease (ESGD), although it has little effect on equine glandular gastric disease (EGGD). (For more information on the distinction between these two forms of equine gastric disease, read Overcoming...
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Unfortunately, there are plenty of horse owners still following an outdated program (from the 1960s!)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...
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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...
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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...
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