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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.

Q: I’m having trouble getting my horse to take the lead I want. Do you have any suggestions?A: Watch this video to learn some easy maneuvers that will help you gain control of your horse’s body position so that...

Poisonous Blister Beetles

Cantharidin, the highly toxic substance found in blister beetles, can cause severe complications and death if ingested by your horse. Blister beetles swarm in alfalfa fields and can accidentally end up in hay bales. The best way to avoid...

Chill Out Brings Doubt

Researchers in Australia* are warning that there “is an urgent need for research” to confirm the efficacy and safety of L-tryptophan supplementation in horses. A naturally occurring amino acid found in human foods such as turkey, chicken, pork and...

Clip Time

During the warm months of summer, you can body clip your horse any time you want, but quit clipping by mid to end of September if you want him to grow a good winter coat that protects against the...

Horse Choking

Q. If I suspect that my horse is choking, what first-aid protocol should I follow while waiting for the veterinarian to arrive?A. Simple choke, or esophageal obstruction, is the most common disorder of the esophagus in horses. Horses can...
Horses are more sensitive to botulism than any other domesticated animal species. The bacterium that causes this disease is ubiquitous in nature, especially in soil.Causes and Symptoms of Botulism Botulism occurs when toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum enter...
The grief that comes with losing a horse is often profound and difficult to manage. With these feelings, both normal and justified, it’s important to remember that you are not alone. Although friends and family members may not fully...
1. Routine: Keeping a consistent daily routine is important for horses. Any change in a horse’s routine can lead to digestive upset. Feed at the same time each day and turn out for the same number of hours daily. 2....
Q: I have a 12-year-old gelding on a regular deworming program (I rotate ivermectin, pyrantel pamoate, fenbendazole, and praziquantel/ivermectin) and he’s very healthy*. Is there any problem with exercising him on the same day that I deworm? Should he...

The Gender War

Few would argue that little girls and horses seem to have a special connection. Popularized in classic stories and film, the undying devotion of a girl for her horse is the stuff legends are made of. And at a...
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