Preventative Care

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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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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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A winning argument

How a disagreement with my husband led to an EQUUS story about how equine research a decade ago helped pave the way for today's new mRNA CoVID-19 vaccine.

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Tetanus immunity after the fact

If an injury or circumstances put a horse at risk for tetanus and his vaccination status is unknown, his treatment regimen may include tetanus antitoxin.

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Protect yourself from tetanus

Your horse isn't the only one who can contract this deadly disease. Make sure to protect yourself with these simple measures.

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5 Ways to reduce your horse's tetanus risk

Along with vaccination, these commonsense measures can protect horses from this deadly disease.

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Basic facts about tetanus in horses

You'll be better able to protect your horse from tetanus if you know how the disease occurs, how to prevent it and how it's treated..

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7 things you may not have known about tetanus

With modern vaccines and wound management practices, tetanus is almost a thing of the past. But the threat persists, so it’s wise to remember which horses are most at risk and why.

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Troubling side effect of heaves discovered

New research from Canada suggests that the failure to control respiratory disease in horses puts them at risk for heart failure.

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Prevent colic this winter

The risk of impaction colic increases dramatically for all horses in the winter, but there are things you can do to make it less likely.

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5 ways to protect your horse from pigeon fever

No vaccine is available to prevent Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis infection, so your best bet is protective management.

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Identifying 'silent' strangles carriers

New research suggests that screening practices can help identify seemingly healthy horses carrying pathogens that can infect herd mates.

Researchers found no correlation between coat color and behavior, but did find some behaviors—such as being hard to catch—were more common among horses of a particular gender.

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.

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Some horses have a taste for sand

Researchers have found that some cases of sand colic because horses actually like to eat soil, rather than ingesting inadvertently as previously thought.

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.

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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

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Fall laminitis alert

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

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Protect your horse from choke

The risk for developing a blockage of the esophagus is higher in winter, but it's wise to take precautions all year round.

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Good mud, bad mud

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

A kiss on your horse's nostrils allows you to get a good sniff of his breath, an important indicator of dental health.

What kissing your horse can reveal

Giving your horse a quick kiss on the muzzle can reveal important information about his health.