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Horse Care

Horse care is the most important aspect of ownership. The topics that Horse Illustrated has covered include: behavior, deworming, grooming, farriery, dentistry, adoption, welfare, charities within the industry, overall health (such as diseases and conditions), injuries, wound care, lameness, mare and foal care, nutrition, pest control, safety, seasonal management, senior care, vaccinations, and much more.To help your horse be healthy, you will want to work with an equine veterinarian, farrier, and equine dentist. In addition, there are alternative practitioners, such as equine chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, etc. Always review the qualifications of someone before you let them help you with your equine best friend.

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From a blanket wardrobe of turnout sheets, daysheets, waterproof rainsheets, midweight, heavyweight, lightweight blankets and everything in between, horse owners ponder the question of which blanket to put on today, as they attempt to dress their equines just right...

Horse Warmth in Winter

Q. In the winter, how do I know if my horse is warm enough?  Is his winter coat sufficient for warmth or does he need a blanket too? A. Horses respond to the shortened days leading up to winter by...

Avoid the Sand Trap

Many horse owners watch their horses nibble away at grass and hay, knowing that they’re also ingesting a certain amount of sand with each mouthful. Dry, gritty soil can eventually lead to sand colic, as the horse ingests a...
Appaloosa horse looking over the fence

Sunburned Horses

If your horse has a lot of white on his face he probably also has quite a bit of pink skin exposed. Check his muzzle for signs of sunburn. Yes, that’s right: horses that sport a pink mug can...
Q: My senior horse has Cushing’s disease. Can you recommend some optimal diet plans?A: It is not uncommon for an older horse to develop pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction or PPID, most often referred to as Cushing’s disease. Aside from...
There’s a lot to consider when choosing the perfect equine addition to your family. If you’ve done the research and have decided that adopting a rescue horse is right for you, congratulations! Now you must determine how to choose...
On Aug. 12, Testament, a fit 4-year-old Thoroughbred, collapsed near the winner's circle at Saratoga Race Course in New York after suffering from heat exhaustion. The temperature in Saratoga Springs was 82 degrees that day, with the humidity at...
Retirement is a fact of life.  We’ll all face it; but unlike humans, horses can’t tell us when it’s time to throw in the towel.  So how do you know when it’s time for your equine partner to slow...
Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson is urging horse owners to vaccinate their animals against the mosquito-borne diseases Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus in the wake of Centers for Disease Control warnings about...
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