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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....
Veterinary medicine has many unique characteristics that make it both a rewarding and challenging profession. However, in the past 15 years, veterinarian suicide has risen exponentially—it’s now three times higher than the national average suicide rate. While this is...
When the performance of one of her horses began to slip, rider and trainer Sue Lyman called in an equine animal communicator Laura Rowley of Ocala, Fla., to help her determine the cause of the decline.“I wanted to know...
Building your horse care dream team is a huge step. You’ve welcomed a new horse into your family, or decided to pull up roots and move to a new area—of course bringing your beloved equine with you. Now you...
 The Horse Illustrated Vet Adventures columnist, who is a veterinarian, attempts to figure out what could be wrong when a horse presents with a mystery disease. I pulled up to a large barn and there was Hans, a large draft-cross...
There are many reasons for a horse to have some time off, such as resting up after a strenuous competition season or the realities of life getting in the way. Injuries can also sideline a horse for months at...
Without question, one of the more respiratory diseases of the horse is infection with a bacterium called Streptococcus equi, more commonly known as “strangles.”But what is strangles, and how can it be prevented? And if your horse gets strangles,...
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