Author's Articles

Quick tack safety check

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
A full-scale safety check of your tack before each ride is ideal, but it’s not always possible. At a minimum, take a good look at the following locations as you tack up. If you find any... READ MORE


Don't forget to do a fall laminitis check

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Laminitis is typically associated with lush spring pasture, but the risk of this devastating hoof condition rises again in the fall when pastures rebound from heat and drought. This means that any... READ MORE


What noisy joints mean

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
They may sound alarming, but periodic pops or clicks coming from the joints of a comfortable, sound horse are nothing to fret about. Noisy joints in horses are caused by the same physiological... READ MORE


Get your horse to drink up

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
When you’re worried about keeping your horse hydrated in the summer, the saying “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink” isn’t just a tired... READ MORE


A surprising clue to saddle fit

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Sweat patterns can indicate poor saddle fit long before rubs or soreness occurs. READ MORE


Are ear plaques better left alone?

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Efforts to remove these wart-like growths are likely to do more harm than good. READ MORE


When to worry about a hoof crack

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Here's a rundown of common hoof defects, ranked from least troubling to most serious. READ MORE


What to do about a hematoma

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Your horse has a large lump on his hindquarters, about the size of a softball, that wasn’t there yesterday. The lump is slightly squishy and the same temperature as the surrounding skin.... READ MORE


When is a stumble something serious?

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
A misstep every now and again isn't much to worry about, but some types of stumbles warrant immediate attention. READ MORE


Store your medications safely this summer

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
As temperatures rise this season, be mindful of the recommended storage conditions for your horse’s medications. Heat or temperature fluctuations can cause drugs to break down, becoming... READ MORE


Be smart about the sun

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
With the return of sunny weather, you’ll want to protect your skin from damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. Don’t forget to do the same for your horse, especially if he has pink skin... READ MORE


The savvy way to stock your trailer

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Pack along a few vital items just in case you trip doesn't go as planned. READ MORE


Fescue toxicosis risk

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Ingestion of tall fescue infected with endophytic fungus can cause serious problems in pregnant mares. READ MORE


When to adjust vaccination plans

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Changing circumstances may mean that your horse needs different or additional vaccinations. READ MORE


Three reasons to adjust your horse's vaccination plan

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
If your horse is going to come in contact with more horses this year than in the past, he may need additional vaccinations. READ MORE


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