New fly repellent in the works

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc Horses bedeviled by black flies may soon find relief from an unusual source: a substance produced by badgers to ward off wasps. Technically known as a semiochemical, the substance was... READ MORE

High-tech boost for rainrot diagnosis

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc High-tech diagnostics may seem like overkill when dealing with common equine skin conditions, but researchers say polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology can be indispensable for... READ MORE

From tolerance to acceptance

by Jonathan Field Handled the right way, the process of teaching your horse to accept the spray from a water hose can lay the groundwork for solving future training problems. READ MORE

Alfalfa hay linked to photosensitivity

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc New research from the University of California–Davis confirms that alfalfa hay can induce primary photosensitive reactions in horses, but the exact mechanism remains unknown. Primary... 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

The Long & Short of Equine Coats

by Christine Barakat The secret to bringing out your horse’s natural shine lies in understanding how his hair grows. READ MORE

End-of-winter clipper care

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM The horse hair covering your jacket and truck seats is a clear sign that shedding season has finally arrived, so you can put away your body clippers and let nature do the messy job. But... READ MORE

When blanketing is a necessity

by the Editors of EQUUS magazine Some horses need no help keeping warm, but there are two situations when a blanket is a necessity. READ MORE

5 ways to prevent sweet itch

by Laurie Bonner with Melinda Freckleton, DVM Here are steps you can take to protect your horse from this allergic reaction to insect bites. READ MORE

A Brush Buyer's Guide

by Christine Barakat Most of us don't give much thought to our grooming tool purchases. After all, brushes, combs and the like are relatively inexpensive compared to other items at the tack store. And, though... READ MORE

5 Ways to protect your horse's skin

Your horse’s skin is resilient yet surprisingly sensitive. Here are five easy-to-implement measures to keep it healthy. READ MORE

Five Step Mud Removal

Quick and easy techniques for keeping your horse mud-free when it's too cold for a bath. READ MORE

Get Tough On Dandruff

Here's how to minimize flaky skin—and to make sure it doesn't signal a health problem. READ MORE

Remove Sap From Your Horse's Hair

Here are some home remedies for removing sap from your horse's mane, tail and coat. READ MORE

Wash Stall Safety

by the Editors of EQUUS magazine Keep these safety tips in mind the next time you're in the wash stall with your horse. READ MORE

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