Horse Care

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SmartPak Ask a Pro Q1: A Healthy Hindgut

In the horse world, the importance of digestive health is top of mind when it comes to horses in competition. But it's not just performance horses that could run into some issues; all horse owners need to consider nutritional programs and management practices to support each horse’s unique digestive system.

Horses kept  in larger pens had  reduced levels of blood cortisol, a  hormone associated with stress.

For a harmonious herd, provide enough space

Research from Ohio State University suggests that horses need a minimum amount of space to derive all the benefits of turnout—and to stay out of each other's hair.

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Fish-Skin Dressing Shows Promise for Treating Equine Wounds

In a preliminary study from Egypt, horse wounds treated with a dressing made from the Nile tilapia fish seemed to heal more quickly.

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Is your horse in pain? Now there’s a better way to tell

The Equine Discomfort Ethogram is designed to help veterinarians and horse owners manage horses in pain.

Anhidrosis, the  complete or partial inability to sweat, has such a substantial impact on affected horses that it is a welfare concern.

The genetics of anhidrosis

Anhidrosis, the complete or partial inability to sweat, occurs more frequently in some breeds and among horses with a family history of the condition, which suggests a heritable component.

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Is my horse accident-prone or something worse?

Neurological issues, soreness or lameness may be behind a horse’s frequent stumbles, trips and minor mishaps.

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When a horse chokes repeatedly

Frequent episodes of esophageal blockage in horses merit a call to the veterinarian and a thorough investigation of possible causes.

Exercise is vital for older horses in winter.

Why exercise is vital for older horses in winter

At any time of year—but particularly during cold weather—the less an older, arthritic horse stands around, the healthier his joints will be.

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Digestion-friendly transport

When preparing to trailer your horse, don’t forget to add “ulcer prevention” to your travel checklist.

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Research: Horses can inherit susceptibility to anhidrosis

Anhidrosis, the complete or partial inability to sweat, occurs more frequently in some breeds and among horses with a family history of the condition.

Summer is peak season for this disease caused by an organism that thrive in ponds, rivers and other waterways. Here’s how you can protect your horse.

Protect your horse from Potomac horse fever

Summer is peak season for this disease caused by an organism that thrive in ponds, rivers and other waterways. Here’s how you can reduce your horse's risk.

Prolonged exposure to the sun will not only fade a horse’s coat but can lead to sunburn and other problems.

4 things that can protect your horse from the sun

Prolonged exposure to the sun will not only fade a horse’s coat but can lead to sunburn and other problems.

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Should I put my horse in the barn during a thunderstorm?

How to handle your horse during a storm is a judgement call that you’ll need to make based on the available facilities and your horse’s personality.

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Ask A Pro: ADM's Equine Nutritionist, Dr. James Lattimer

We asked our featured equine nutritionist, Dr. James Lattimer from ADM Animal Nutrition, for his professional opinion on several key nutritional topics.

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Thoughts of spring

The EQUUS Spring issue now at the printer is chock full of advice on handling seasonal horsekeeping challenges but it offers a whole lot more.

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Two Maryland horses test positive for neurologic form of equine herpesvirus.

The cases are not connected to each other, nor recent cases in Florida; Precautionary "hold" order placed on four barns at Laurel Park Racetrack

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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.

Fat deposits are one of most distinct physical signs of equine metabolic syndrome. Horses with the condition tend to accumulate fat along the top of the neck, over the ribs and the top of the tailhead.

A fat-related horse health problem

Equine metabolic syndrome encompasses a collection of signs and clinical changes, including insulin resistance, hyperinsulinaemia, infertility and obesity.

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What science says about feeding rescue horses

Researchers compared the impact of three different diets on the recovery of starved horses. Here's what they found.

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6 signs that your horse's wound is infected

When your horse has a cut, scrape or gash, if you see any of these signs of trouble call your veterinarian.

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Leg lumps and bumps

Do you know which leg blemishes are benign and which are likely to lead to lameness?

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4 things to do for your horse before a weather emergency

Preparation can be the key to keeping your horses safe during a weather emergency or natural disaster.

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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.