Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM

Rear view of a white pastern with scabs on it

What *not* to do for scratches

For your horse’s sake, resist the urge to try scratches remedies you haven’t heard of before. Many unconventional preparations don't work; others may do more harm than good.

Head off winter health problems but arranging for a fall wellness exam for your horse.

Why your horse needs this 7-point fall wellness exam

A fall wellness examination will help prevent health problems in your horse this winter

Fall is the time to formulate your plan for helping your arthritic horse cope with challenges of winter.

3 ways to help your arthritic horse get ready for winter

Fall is the time make a plan to help your horse cope with the challenges of the coming cold weather.

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New way of diagnosing PPID in Horses

Equine researchers and mathematicians have joined forces to develp a method for diagnosing PPID (also known as Cushing's) in horses year-round.

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Veterinary visits during pandemic

Even during a crisis, routine veterinary care is essential for your horse's health. Here's how to get it done safely.

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Make your horse's hooves stronger

There are a few basic ways to ensure the long-term health and soundness of your horse's hooves.

Bay horse viewed from the rear, swishing his tail

Tail-grooming tips

Even if your schedule doesn’t include any events where looks matter, time tending to your horse's tail is well spent.

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Why you need baking soda at the barn

You’ll be surprised at how many ways you can put this grocery store staple to use in taking care of your horse, barn and equipment.

Close up of a horse hoof wearing a bell boot.

Smart horse boot use during turnout

Boots can protect a horse’s limbs during riding sessions, but—with one notable exception—leaving them on during turnout isn’t a good idea.

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Preparing for next season’s hay

When your hayloft or shed is at its emptiest this spring, spend an afternoon preparing it for the next shipment.


When to worry about fever

An elevated body temperature, commonly called a fever, can be an early indication of viral or bacterial infection.


When probiotics might help your horse

These products are designed to aid a horse’s digestion by restoring the balance of gut microflora disturbed as a result of illness, stress or medication.


Why horses need salt

Horses lose large amounts of the essential mineral in their sweat and if it’s not replenished, an electrolyte imbalance may develop.

Four riders on a trail ride in the woods.

3 things to watch on your first spring trail outings

When you first take to the trails this season, be careful to avoid inadvertently overworking or overheating your horse.


6 Ways to prevent winter weight loss

People may worry about putting on a few extra pounds during the winter, but cold weather tends to have the opposite effect on horses.

Close up of two horses drinking from water trough.

Three simple ways to get your horse to drink more

You can’t force a horse to drink, there are a few things you can do to encourage water intake.

In a snowy pasture, a dark brown horses looks over a wooden fence

Preventing winter impactions

Keep your horse hydrated this winter to prevent digestive problems.

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Shopping for an immersion heater

When buying a portable immersion heater for troughs or buckets, there are several features to consider.

Close up of a horse's canter legs with boots on

Performance boot safety

Make sure the boots your horse wears are protecting him, rather that putting his legs at risk.

A horse running through a flooded and muddy turnout area.

Slip and fall injuries in horses

Slick footing can lead to several types of injuries in horses. Here's how to identify and manage each.


Sorting through senior horse feeds

Understanding the difference between complete and concentrated products is important to ensuring you select the correct type for your senior horse's nutritional needs.

A girl riding a horse in an indoor arena

The risks of poor arena air quality

A dusty indoor arena can be as harmful to your horse’s respiratory health as the air in the filthiest stall.

A bay horse grazing on green spring pasture with dandelions.

What makes spring manure messy

A change in season and diet may affect your horse's digestive system.

Veterinarian vaccinating horse

When to adjust vaccination plans

Changing circumstances may mean that your horse needs different or additional vaccinations.

A kiss on your horse's nostrils allows you to get a good sniff of his breath, an important indicator of dental health.

What kissing your horse can reveal

Giving your horse a quick kiss on the muzzle can reveal important information about his health.

Horses being loaded into a trailer

Cold weather trailering

Hauling horses in winter presents some season-specific challenges. With a bit of preparation and common sense, however, you can keep your horse safe and comfortable on the road.

A horse with head hung low, looking as if he's sedated.

Safe recovery from sedation

Helping a horse "sober up" after a sedative means keeping him in the safest space possible. Here are your options.

Two hay nets soaking in a bathtub water trough outside

Two ways to soak hay

The best way to add water to hay depends on why you're doing it in the first place.

A large, healing cut behind a horse's pastern

What infection looks like

All open wounds can look a little gross if you aren't accustomed to seeing them. Here's how to distinguish "ew" from "infected."

Walking a horse isn't a magical cure for colic and, in some cases, can make the situation worse.

Do you have to walk a colicky horse?

Nearly every horse owner has been told that a horse with a painful gut needs to be walked. But is that even true?

Two horse's hooves, one slightly raised onto the toe

How to support healthy hoof growth

Try these tips for improving the quality of the new hoof your horse is continually growing.

The term colic refers to any pain in the gut.

Summertime colic risks

Two types of colic can strike as a result of warm weather conditions, and knowing how they occur will help you to prevent them.