Horse Care

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.


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.


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.


Leg lumps and bumps

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


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.

horses grazing on green pasture

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.


Causes of bizarre gait abnormality in horses investigated

California researchers found that "sidewinder" syndrome is associated with a variety of equine conditions and injuries.


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.

horse wearing bandage

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.

Horse drinking from a trough in winter.

Is your horse drinking enough water?

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

hind legs

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.”

horses wearing blankets

Are you blanket strap savvy?

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

Horses drinking from water trough

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.

Close up of a pony in the snow, eating mash from a black bucket.

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.

horse grazing frozen pasture

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.

Horse with pinned ears

Surgery improves mare behavior

New research suggests that removing a mare’s ovaries can have a positive effect on her behavior.


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.