Editors of EQUUS


4 facts about horse hay

You feed your horse this vital forage every day, but did you know these facts?


Get your horse back into shape

Although your conditioning program will need to be customized based on your horse's specific needs, you can start with this basic framework for bringing back a healthy, young horse who was previously fit.

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Three things to do for a horse having a heaves flare-up

If an acute heaves episode occurs, call the veterinarian and then do these three things to help your horse.


4 facts about heaves in horses

Do you know the basics about equine asthma (commonly known as heaves)?

Green grass is a good source of Vitamin E for horses.

5 equine diseases linked to vitamin E deficiency

Lack of vitamin E puts horses at risk of several neuromuscular disorders. Here are the most common ones.


When your horse colics in winter

Impactions are the most common cause of cold-weather colics but horses can develop any type of digestive upset at any time of year.


Why you need to shovel out your horse trailer this winter

In a veterinary emergency during the winter, your ability to quickly hitch up and pull your horse trailer can make the life-or-death difference.

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Reading our way through 2020

As we close out a year when caring for our horses was a way to care for ourselves, here's a look back at the 10 most-viewed articles on equusmagazine.com

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How bad is it? 6 factors to consider when evaluating your horse's wound

The more complicated and severe a horse's wound, the more likely you need to call in your veterinarian.


5 Things to do if your horse has a laceration

As you wait for the veterinarian to arrive, take the following steps to staunch bleeding and keep your horse calm and comfortable.

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Is your horse drinking enough water?

Here are three ways to reduce your horse's risk of becoming dehydrated even in the coldest weather.

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4 facts about stocking up

If both of your horse’s hind fetlocks become puffy in the dead of winter, chances are the cause is a relatively harmless condition known as “stocking up.”

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Are you blanket strap savvy?

Used correctly, straps can ensure your horse's blanket keeps him warm and comfortable.


How to handle a heaves flare up

If dust, mold and other environmental factors trigger an acute episode, call the veterinarian and do the following three things.


6 ways to protect your horse from influenza

In addition to vaccination, there are things you can do to reduce your horse's risk of developing influenza.

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Make your horse a healthy mash

If you want to cook your horse a "hot meal" this winter, skip the traditional bran-based mashes.


Three reasons to avoid storing medications at the barn

Pills, pastes and liquids are adversely affected by fluctuations in temperature and humidity.

Different forms of medication

For your horse's sake: Know your NSAIDS

Here's a crib sheet for which non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs work best for specific types of discomfort in horses.

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3 ways to prevent winter weight loss

Here are three simple things to do to help your horse maintain his condition even during the coldest weather.


The stages of wound healing

If you know the stages of normal wound healing you'll be better able to recognize when your horse's injury needs veterinary intervention. Here are the basics.


Don't do these 3 things if your horse has a laceration

If you horse is injured, make sure you don't make the situation worse.


Tetanus immunity after the fact

If an injury or circumstances put a horse at risk for tetanus and his vaccination status is unknown, his treatment regimen may include tetanus antitoxin.

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Which herd member are you?

Take this quick quiz to determine where you'd fit in the herd hierarchy if you were a horse.

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Protect yourself from tetanus

Your horse isn't the only one who can contract this deadly disease. Make sure to protect yourself with these simple measures.

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When a horse's hair goes white

The loss of hair pigment usually results from traumatic or inflammatory injuries, such as pressure from tack, too-tight or rubbing bandages, cuts, lacerations and even occasionally injections.

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Understanding anemia in horses

Iron-deficiency anemia is rare in horses but can be caused by the loss, destruction or reduced production of red blood cells.

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What does your stall-cleaning technique say about you?

Tell us how you clean a stall and we will tell you how you live your life.


Does a red line mean hoof trouble?

The walls of a horse's hooves can provide clues to nutritional changes, concussive injuries and even illness that has occurred in the past year of his life.


Three things to check when your horse is uneasy in the trailer

If your horse is anxious or fractious during transport, spend some time investigating factors that may be causing instability and stress.

The term colic refers to any pain in the gut.

Lipoma: A disease of old age in horses

Strangulating lipoma is of growing importance in the equine population as the number of aging horses increases.

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Fatal eastern equine encephalitis case in South Carolina is the 16th in that state for 2020

The 8-year-old mare was was vaccinated but still contracted the insect-borne viral disease.


The basic facts about Lyme disease in horses

This insidious infection is a persistent threat to horse health in some parts of the country. Here's what you need to know to protect your horse.


5 tips for budget-friendly horsekeeping

Cutting costs doesn't have to mean compromising on your horse's care. In fact, some of measures may actually help improve his health while saving money in the process.


Time-tested Heaves Medication Options

Managing a horse with recurrent airway obstruction (RAO), also known as heaves, can be a challenge but the right combination of medications can help.


5 ways to protect your horse from pigeon fever

No vaccine is available to prevent Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis infection, so your best bet is protective management.


Pigeon fever treatments

Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis infections in horses (pigeon fever) take different forms that require different therapeutic approaches.


Why Some Horses Have "Sticky" Stifles

The ability to “lock” the stifle joint in place allows a horse to snooze while standing with minimal muscular exertion but sometime the structure won’t readily unlock, which presents a problem.

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Which toy would your horse enjoy?

Stall toys are designed to provide mental stimulation, but horses may have their own ideas about what’s fun.


How much does your horse weigh?

If you don't have a livestock scale, determining how much a horse weighs can be a challenge. But here are two fairly accurate ways of estimating your horse's weight.

Equine herpesviruses are easily passed from horse to horse.

Know your equine herpesviruses

A total of nine equine herpesviruses have been named, but only five are found in domestic horses. Here are the five types found in domestic horses.

Ideally, each horse will have his own set of grooming tools.

What's in our grooming kits

Just in time for for Amazon Prime Day, the EQUUS editors reveal their favorite picks for keeping horses clean and looking sharp.

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What DNA tests can—and can’t—tell you about equine ancestry

Experts explain how a DNA test could suggest surprising ancestry for a mustang from the American range.

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Why horses eat soil

Contrary to popular belief, horses rarely eat or lick soil because of a dietary deficiency. Instead, most cases of soil eating stem from boredom.

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The science of colic prevention

Studies can tell us about the influence of management factors on average. But geographic location, activity level, preventive care programs and other specific factors influence the experiences of individuals or small groups of horses.