Horse Care

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Causes of bizarre gait abnormality in horses investigated

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Is your horse drinking enough water?

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

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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.”

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Are you blanket strap savvy?

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

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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.

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Make your horse a healthy mash

If you want to cook your horse a "hot meal" this winter, skip the traditional bran-based mashes.

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Three reasons to avoid storing medications at the barn

Pills, pastes and liquids are adversely affected by fluctuations in temperature and humidity.