Author's Articles

Hip-saving strategies

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Teaching your horse to walk calmly into his stall or through other doorways isn’t just a matter of enforcing good manners, it will reduce his risk of potentially serious injury. A horse... READ MORE


6 Ways to prevent winter weight loss

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
While people may worry about putting on a few extra pounds during the winter thanks to inactivity and hearty meals, cold weather tends to have the opposite effect on horses. In fact, winter... READ MORE


TLC for pasture trees

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Take steps to protect the health of the trees in your horse's pastures. READ MORE


Keep your barn well ventilated this winter

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Resist the urge to close barn doors and windows when the weather turns cold. READ MORE


5 things that can lead repeated hoof abscesses

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Frequent hoof abscesses are a sign of a predisposing condition that needs to be addressed. READ MORE


Subtle signs of eye trouble

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
A weepy, grossly swollen eye is a sure sign that something is amiss, but ocular problems in horses are not always so obvious. In fact, some of the more serious eye conditions, such as uveitis0,... READ MORE


Finding the cause of tail rubbing

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
The clump of long chestnut hairs on the stall wall was a mystery, until you saw the top of your horse’s tail. He’s been rubbing it raw against the wall, but why? The simple answer is... READ MORE


How to figure out forging

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
A rhythmic clunking noise underfoot as your horse trots is the sound of forging, which occurs when his hind hoof reaches forward and strikes the toe of the forefoot... READ MORE


Winter diet check for older horses

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Winter may still be weeks away, but now is the time to adjust your older horse’s diet to help prepare him for the cold weather ahead. There are two simple ways determine if changes are... READ MORE


The dangers acorn pose to horses

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Any paddock graced with an oak tree will likely be littered with acorns during the autumn months. Horses may accidentally eat them, and some may even develop a taste for them—how much... READ MORE


Safely deck the halls

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Decorating the barn for the holidays is fun, for sure. But be careful to avoid introducing hazards in the process. Make sure, for example, that live wreaths and garlands contain no toxic... READ MORE


Beware of botulism

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Mention of botulism strikes fear in people’s hearts, and rightly so. The illness requires intensive supportive care and the outcome is uncertain. Botulism causes progressive paralysis,... READ MORE


Stop summer stomping

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Cracks that appear on your horse’s hooves in late summer may not be just a result of dry, hard ground. Annoying insects probably also play a role. During bug season, flies crawling on... READ MORE


After a skirmish

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
A fight in the pasture between herdmates is usually a loud and dramatic affair. The good news is that most skirmishes don’t result in serious injury. However, if you know there’s... READ MORE


Beware the hazards of hard ground

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
A long summer dry spell may make you want to leave the riding ring and head for the trails, but keep in mind that drought conditions can make for dangerously hard ground. The lack of moisture in... READ MORE


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