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Injury and Lameness

Ringbone is a common diagnosis. Horses young and old, backyard pets and high-level athletes alike are all susceptible to the disease. Some horses are unaffected; for others it spells the end of life, and for those in between it’s...
Nothing can be more satisfying to us vets than a really good hoof abscess. Right from start to finish, they can make our day. It starts with the call, pretty much always the same, "Horse was fine yesterday; very...
You’re watching your vet head down your driveway. He’s examined and diagnosed your horse—now it’s up to you. You’re clutching a large plastic bottle filled with pills that need to be administered twice a day. Unscrewing the cap, you...
Gels, clays, lotions, oils, muds and more—package labels on liniments and poultices tell you these products provide "cooling heat,” "warmth,” "a cool, soothing sensation,” "relief for sore muscles and overworked tendons.” But do they really benefit an achy horse...
Every horse owner's worst nightmare is a phone call in the middle of the night from a boarding stable operator or horse sitter, reporting that the horse is sick, injured or worse. As terrifying as such a phone call can...
Applying thrush treatment to a horse's hoof

Thrush in Horse Hooves

If you have horses, chances are you'll see thrush firsthand sooner or later. Thrush is a bacterial infection, though it's thought that yeast and fungal infections might also contribute to it. With its black, tar-like, oderiferous discharge, it's easy to...
Have you ever brushed over a small scab on the inside of your horse's leg or noticed his reaction to a tender spot around his fetlock, but then put it out of your mind because it seemed insignificant? When...

Evaluating Equine Fitness

BEFORE YOU GO...You will probably want to spend many hours in the saddle to see as much country as possible. Do yourself and your horse a favor and make sure the two of you are fit enough for a...
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