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Seven Habits for Highly Effective Horse Grooming

EQUUS staff surveyed several first-rate groomers, both professional and amateur, and compiled this list of their seven ?habits.? Most of these are relatively simple and require little, if any, extra effort, but employed together they are sure to transform

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Field Guide to Equine Allergies

Learn the 5 most common triggers of allergic reactions in horses so you'll be better able to counter or prevent them.

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Ten Ways to Optimize Your Horse's Digestive System

Follow these guidelines when feeding horses to reduce the risk of colic, ulcers and other ills.

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6 Things you may not have known about Pigeon fever

Once found mainly in California, this bacterial infection has now been documented in 25 states across the country. Here are 6 little known or sometimes forgotten facts about the infection.

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5 facts about dogs and deworming

Routine fecal examinations and regular heartworm preventatives are the primary steps of controlling internal parasites in your dog. Here are some basic facts you may not know.

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Calming without medication

Here are 10 ways to reduce a horse’s anxiety without resorting to sedatives or tranquilizers.

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Young horse health check

In the first five years of life, young horses are prone to a particular set of physical problems. Here’s what you need to know about the 5 most common challenges.

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A Field Guide To Equine Allergies

Learn the 5 most common triggers of allergic reactions in horses so you’ll be better able to counter or prevent them.

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A Buyer's Guide To Trail Saddles

Whether you prefer English, Western, Australian or endurance styles, you’ll find an array of saddles engineered to keep you and your horse comfortable over miles on the trails.

Decode your horse's bloodwork

Blood analysis can yield vital information about a horse’s health. Here’s a look at what tests can–and cannot–tell you.

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Life after Equine Laminitis

When laminitis leads to permanent changes in a horse's hoof, veterinarians and farriers team up to preserve his comfort and soundness through targeted treatments.

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Harnessing the Power of DMSO

Is DMSO a miracle drug or dangerous toxin? Here's everything you need to know about using the power of DMSO safely and effectively.

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Preventing Heat Stress in Horses

On summer days, it can be difficult to distinguish normal fatigue and sweatiness from dangerous heat stress in horses. Here's what to look for and how to safeguard your horse's well-being.

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The Canter Connection: Helping Former Racehorses Find New Lives

Through word-of-mouth and the Internet, a Michigan-based program to help retired racehorses find new lives is thriving -- and spreading across the country.