What's at the root of insulin resistance?

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc It's long been know that obese horses are more likely to develop insulin resistance. Now we may know why. 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

A dietary cure for OCD?

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc Feeding practices may help heal minor bone lesions READ MORE

Q & A: Understanding glucosamine

Question: In "Exercise and Arthritis" (Consultants, EQUUS 464) a letter from a reader solicited advice for managing her arthritic horse; the letter writer stated that the horse in... READ MORE

Eating on the go aids weight loss

by Christine Barakat Australian researchers have developed a feeding system that helps horses lose weight by adding exercise to mealtime.  The “dynamic feeder” is designed to compel horses to walk... 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

The danger of marsh mallow

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc An herb that is increasingly popular among urban foragers has been linked to fatal heart and muscle disease in horses. Marsh mallow (Malva parviflora) is native to southern Europe, North... READ MORE

Neglected or just thin? When to call for help

by Hope Ellis-Ashburn When I was an equine extension agent, I was often asked whether thin horses should be reported to the authorities. The answer was not always simple. 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

How's your hay supply holding up?

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM Here are tips for making sure your forage lasts the winter READ MORE

Dominant horses may be at a higher risk of obesity

Dominant horses may be at a higher risk of obesity. READ MORE

Q&A: Why can’t horses vomit?

The surprising reasons why horses, unlike fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and most mammals, can't "lose their lunch." READ MORE

Probiotics Explained

by Laurie Bonner  You’re preparing your horse for a 200-mile trailer ride to your new home. You know the trip will be stressful, but you plan to wrap his legs carefully, make sure he’s up-to-date on his... READ MORE

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