Threats in the water

by Heather Smith Thomas Summer is the peak season for a number of diseases caused by organisms that thrive in ponds, streams and marshes. Here’s how you can protect your horse. 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

What to do if your horse becomes overheated

by Laurie Bonner When temperatures are soaring and humidity is high, even normal activities can lead to heat exhaustion. If that happens, you’ll need to take quick action to save his life. 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

What to do when your horse has a puncture wound

by Laurie Bonner They may look harmless enough on the surface, but puncture wounds can lead to serious infections and other complications. READ MORE

Protect your horse from red maple poisoning

by Laurie Bonner If your horse eats dropped leaves from some types of maple trees, fast action will be required to save his life. 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

Surgery to prevent colic?

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc A simple surgical procedure can reduce a horse’s risk of developing a common type of colic, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center.... READ MORE

Racetrack fatalities continue to decline

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc Statistics show a 14 percent drop in fatal injuries to Thoroughbred racehorses at American racetracks from 2014 to 2015. READ MORE

New option for treating arthritic pain

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a tablet form of the COX-2 selective firocoxib, sold under the name Equioxx. 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

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

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

What to do for a horse with choke

by Laurie Bonner When your horse develops an obstruction in his esophagus, doing the wrong thing can turn a relatively minor event into a potentially life-threatening problem. READ MORE

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