the Editors of EQUUS magazine


Synthetic vs. Natural: Which type of Vitamin E is better for horses?

When choosing between these two forms of vitamin E for your horse, consider the costs, availability and how each is absorbed by the horse’s body.

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Dollar Store Finds: For Your Horse's Health

Trim your horse-keeping expenses by buying some of your incidentals at your local dollar store.


Dollar Store Finds: For General Horse Barn Chores

Trim your horse-keeping expenses by buying some of your incidentals at your local dollar store.


Dollar Store Finds: For Grooming Your Horse

Trim your horse-keeping expenses by buying some of your incidentals at your local dollar store.


Dollar Store Finds: To Get Your Barn and Tack Room Organized:

Trim your horse-keeping expenses by buying some of your incidentals at your local dollar store.


Shopping for waterless grooming products

When time constraints or nasty weather keep you from giving your horse a bath, these products can help him look his best.

Horse drinking from a trough in winter.

Shopping for an Immersion heater

Encourage your horse to drink this winter with a device that safely keeps his water from freezing.

In strangulating lipoma,  a fatty tumor gets wrapped around a portion of the horse's small intestine or, very rarely, the small colon, causing pain and tissue damage.

3 important facts about strangulating lipoma in horses

Here’s what you need to know about this type of colic most often found in older horses.


Manage spring grazing to reduce laminitis risk

New pasture growth poses risks for horses prone to laminitis. Here are some precautions to take as fields go from winter brown to spring green.

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Choose the right apparel for winter riding

In freezing-cold weather, you'll need to bundle up when you go out to the barn. Here are some things to consider when selecting your winter wardrobe.


Equine Vaccination Basics

Vaccines are among the most effective weapons for protecting horses against the ravages of disease. Learn how vaccinations work to protect your horse and view two sample vaccination schedules, for the pleasure horse & performance horse.

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NAHMS Equine study information

Highlights from “Baseline Reference of Equine Health and Management in the United States 2015.”

Shorter winter days lead to lower hormone levels and, in some cases, mellower mares.

Why Winter Alters "Marish" Behavior

If your otherwise cranky mare mellows out this winter, shorter days may be the reason.

When blanketing is a necessity

Some horses need no help keeping warm, but there are two situations when a blanket is a necessity.


The hazards of landscaping waste

Well-intentioned neighbors may think landscape trimmings are a tasty treat for your horse, but some could have deadly consequences.

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Are Markings Inherited?

An expert in equine color genetics explains how pedigree influences the presence and positioning of white markings.

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5 Ways to break bad gate behaviors

A horse who pulls, slows or balks by the gate can be dangerous. Here's how to break that habit.

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Flushing Equine Wounds: The First Step in Treatment

Thoroughly rinsing a wound is a critical first step in keeping infection at bay.

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How to Keep your Horse's Tail Healthy

Your horse's tail is more than just pretty. Keep a close eye on the underside of his tailbone to ensure the area is healthy.

Feed rooms tend to become cluttered catchalls, housing much more than grain.

Four Things to Toss from your Feed Room

When your feed room is in disarray, start the clean up by pitching these items.

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Reducing Mosquito Populations

Mosquitoes can carry a number of harmful diseases. Try these techniques to reduce mosquito populations on your farm or ranch.

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Wash Stall Safety

Keep these safety tips in mind the next time you're in the wash stall with your horse.

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Just ticklish or something serious?

Some horses are more sensitive than others, and that's normal. But there are some signs that could mean it's something more serious.

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How to Safely Cross a Road

Cars, slick surfaces and other dangers can make crossing the street dangerous. Follow these tips to get you and your horse across safely and quickly.


Indispensable Iodine

Most first-aid kits contain iodine, the reddish-orange solution used to clean skin and wounds. Here's a quick rundown on the different formulations.

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When Resistance Develops Suddenly

When a horse becomes resistant out of the blue it's important to determine why he is acting out. Trainer Tim Hayes discusses how to fix the problem.

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Gearing Up for a Tack Sale

Tack sales are great for clearing clutter and making a few bucks. Here are some tips for a successful day of selling.

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How to Help Wounds Heal

Most minor skin wounds are not cause for worry. Still, you'll want to do everything you can to support the healing process.

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Safe and Secure Round Pens

Ensure that your round pen is in good working order by inspecting its footing and fencing.

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Are blue eyes in horses more sensitive than brown?

An equine ophthalmologist dispels the myth that blue eyes are more susceptible to disease.

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Can Neurological Signs be Mimicked?

If a mare has a neurological disease, will the foal copycat her behavior? This veterinarian explains what happens to foals born to infected mares.

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Spring health check for senior horses

Now that winter is behind us, spring is a great time to do a quick evaluation to ensure your senior horse is healthy and happy.

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Smart Storage for Blankets

Store blankets properly so they"ll be in good shape the next time you need them.


A Variety of Treats to Try

Your horse's palate may be larger than you think. Try offering your horse these non-traditional treats and find out what he likes.

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Protect yourself from kicks

Even the most easygoing horse can send out an unexpected kick. Follow these precautions around all horses to keep yourself unharmed.

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Corrective Eye Surgery For Horses

A veterinary ophthalmologist explains equine visual abnormalities, as well as when they need to be treated.

It's always best to discard and replace any drug that you suspect has been compromised. Photo © EQUUS

Drug Safety After a Disaster

Fires, floods and other extreme conditions can affect drug efficacy. Here are some guidelines to help you decide what to do with exposed medications.

The term colic refers to any pain in the gut.

Types of Colic

Here's a quick look at four common colic terminologies and what they mean.

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Does Your Horse Need More Traction This Winter?

"Grippy" shoes can help your horse on slick footing, but too much traction can be damaging. Here are your options

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Cold Weather Workouts

Avoid stressing your horse's lungs this winter by saving tough rides for milder days.

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6 simple ways to prevent thrush

Follow these steps to help prevent this common, smelly infection of the underside of the hoof.

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Choosing a Pasture Companion

While some horses are fine being an "only child," others may benefit by having a friend in the field.

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Control Calorie Intake of Pasture-Kept Horses

Even a horse on pasture can become obese. Here"s how to restrict his calories as part of a weight-loss plan.

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Keep Your Horse Hydrated in Cold Weather

Check to make sure your horse is drinking enough water during the winter months to avoid impaction colic and other health issues.

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Scratches, Rainrot and Other Equine Skin Conditions

Here's how to recognize and treat some common equine skin conditions.

A horse who coughs after eating could have a dental problem or structural issue in his esophagus. Or, it could be the result fo dusty feed.

When flexible feeding schedules make sense

A variation in your horse's feeding times won't hurt his health. In fact, in some cases it might be beneficial.

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How Horses Stay Warm

Here's how your horse's fluffy winter coat keeps him warm in chilly weather.