Preventative Care


To predict laminitis risk look at a horse’s neck

A cresty neck is a reliable indicator of increased risk for metabolic syndrome and associated laminitis in horses.

Horses that come in contact with wild parsnip can develop phototoxic reactions.

This invasive weed spells trouble for horses

Wild parsnip, which is found throughout the United States, can cause phototoxic reactions in horses even it they don't eat it.

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Obese horses get a bum rap say researchers

When allowed to make their own choices, fat horses do not eat more than their lean peers and they get just as much exercise.

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A better method for detecting heart problems in horses

The accumulation of scar tissue within the horse's heart muscle can diminish performance and lead to a potentially fatal cardiac episode.

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Report of resistance among equine parasites on Kentucky farm raises questions

The discovery of parasites resistant to the most widely used class of deworming chemicals has implications for the future efficacy of common deworming products.


How climate change may affect how you deworm your horse

If average global temperatures continue to increase, drug resistance among internal parasites common to horses may accelerate.

Head off winter health problems but arranging for a fall wellness exam for your horse.

Why your horse needs this 7-point fall wellness exam

A fall wellness examination will help prevent health problems in your horse this winter


Fall laminitis alert

Fall can be a high-risk time for horses prone to this devastating condition.


Good mud, bad mud

If your farm has more than a "healthy" amount of mud, you'll need to make some changes.


The persistent risk of rabies

Even as you keep your horse’s vaccinations up to date, it’s wise to remember the threat posed by this dread disease.


Drug shows promise in preventing neurological complication

A common anticoagulant drug may help prevent a life-threatening neurological complication of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) infection

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Farm Calls: Getting ready for winter

EQUUS Editorial Assistant Kerry Tkacik goes on the road with Melinda Freckleton, DVM, in Northern Virgina.


Grazing muzzles to prevent choke?

New research suggests that grazing muzzles usually used to prevent pasture-associated laminitis can also help protect horses from choke.

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The Science of Aging

Growing old may be inevitable, but age-related infirmities do not have to be. Here are four major areas where researchers are opening new doors to healthier, stronger senior years for horses.

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Is a horse ever too old to become infested by ascarids?

Horses normally outgrow susceptibility to certain internal parasites.


10 ways to help horses with heaves

You can play a vital role in protecting your horse’s respiratory health by making these simple and easy management changes

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A Field Guide To Equine Allergies

Learn the 5 most common triggers of allergic reactions in horses so you’ll be better able to counter or prevent them.

Q&A: Prevent urine scald

Head off urine scald with a few simple changes to your horse’s daily routine.


Banish botflies this fall

A simple strategy for protecting your horse from this common pest.


The power of cold therapy

Whether treating new trauma, managing healing injuries or simply helping keep hardworking horses sound, cold therapy is a powerful tool.


Championship care

Two eminent veterinarians discuss how advances in the management and care of top racehorses have ultimately improved the lives of all horses.


The future of parasite control

A leading equine parasitologist describes the challenges we face in the race to protect horses from worms.