Preventative Care

Beware arena dust
Research shows that bacteria-laden dust in riding rings poses a health risk to horses, riders and even people on the ground.
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Are blue eyes more vulnerable?
Why horses with lighter eyes may be more likely to develop cataracts or other ocular problems than are brown-eyed horses.
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Special health challenges of aging rescue horses
Are rescue horses who have been rehabilitated at higher risk of health complications as they grow older than are other horses?
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Soundness strategies that work
Joints, muscles and hooves: They all take a pounding, whether your horse is circling barrels, jumping courses or ambling down trails. And that can lead to discomfort and injury if not carefully managed!...
Equine joint health begins with you!
Sore joints are all too common in the horses we love, especially as they grow older. But you can support joint health with careful management and training—starting today.
Do weather conditions affect the risk of colic?
Veterinarians and horse owners continue to discuss the connection between season, air quality and weather and the risk of colic.
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The secret to cold weather hydration
Want to make sure your horse drinks enough this winter? Research shows that the temperature of the water you offer is key.
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Are acorns toxic to horses?
Most of the time ingestion of oak leaves and acorns causes horses little or no trouble, but under certain conditions problems can occur.
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A solution for needle shyness?
Researchers report that topical anesthetic can help keep horses comfortable and calm when injections are administered.
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Senior Horse Care Do’s & Don’ts
Advancing age doesn’t necessarily mean that your horse needs more or specialized care. Nonetheless, as the years pass, seemingly small management shortcomings can have an increasingly significant impact...
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Practical elder horse care
How to meet 7 age-related challenges
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A field guide to hoof cracks
Assessing, treating and preventing hoof wall defects