Heather Smith Thomas

Beyond insulin resistance
Research findings about the relationship between insulin and laminitis may have implications for the diagnosis and management of at-risk horses.
A field guide to hoof cracks
When a defect appears in the wall of a horse’s hoof, it’s important to be able to distinguish a cosmetic flaw from a serious problem.
The continuing threat of EPM
Progress has been made in the detection and treatment of this potentially debilitating neurological disease, but much remains to be done. Here’s where we stand.
When to worry about coughing in horses
Sometimes coughing in horses is harmless, but it may be the first sign of serious trouble. Here’s how to tell the difference.
Threats in the water
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.
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The latest in barn lights
If you’re squinting at your horses under old incandescent bulbs and flickering fluorescents, it might be time to upgrade. Today’s energy-efficient lighting choices may cost more up front, but you can net...
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The Fundamentals of Farriery Manners
It’s never too late to teach your horse to be more at ease with having his hooves handled.
The challenge of cellulitis
Prompt, aggressive treatment is needed to stop this sudden, painful skin infection—and to prevent it from becoming a chronic condition.