An Off Step, A Bad Step, Lameness of the Hoof: Part II

By Michael Lowder, DVM, MS

As we are beginning to see from reading Part I, there are many hoof-related lamenesses. Research suggests that up to 90% of all lameness is due to a problem in the hoof, and the causes are many. Today we will discuss corns, abscesses, and quittorHorses, like people, get corns. Corns are the result of bruising of the sensitive sole at the junction of the hoof wall and bars of the sole. Lameness may vary from mild to extreme, and may present as both an acute or chronic condition. Bruising may be visible on the sole, but hoof testers may be necessary to identify the lesion in pigmented hooves.


Horse Health Products Launches Two New Red Cell® Performance Supplements

Regardless of the type of event, high performance horses require nutrients that are help improve stamina and performance to achieve peak results every ride. Now equestrians can keep their horses performing their best with the introduction of two new Horse Health™ Products:  Red Cell® Competition supplement and Red Cell® Recovery paste.  Horse Health Products is a trusted equine brand of Central Garden & Pet Company.


Refeeding the Malnourished Horse

(Kelly R. Vineyard, M.S., Ph.D., Equine Nutritionist - Purina Animal Nutrition)

Starved horses can be a product of owner ignorance or economic hardship. Regardless of the reason, a horse may end up in a debilitated state. The goal for the new caretaker is to help the horse return to good health and appropriate body weight as quickly and safely as possible. For responsible caretakers of a starved horse, there are two immediate considerations:


Triple Crown Nutrition Launches Horse Feed Comparison Tool To Help Consumers

In an effort to give consumers important information regarding the nutritional makeup of their horse feed brand of choice, Triple Crown Nutrition has launched a feed comparison tool that will provide horse owners with a comprehensive breakdown of the nutritional differences between competing horse feed brands. 



Horse Owners Advised to Guard against Mosquitoes

The Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter equine specialist is advising horse owners to protect their animals against diseases spread by mosquitoes that are becoming more active with the warmer weather.

Two mosquito-borne diseases—West Nile virus (WNV) and eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE)—are prevalent in Louisiana and can cause death in horses. Last year, 63 cases of West Nile and eight cases of EEE were reported in horses across Louisiana.


Purina Animal Nutrition Continues to Give Horses a Second Chance with A Home for Every Horse

Purina Animal Nutrition once again pledged up to $150,000 in free feed to rescue shelters through its continuing partnership with A Home for Every Horse, a program dedicated to finding homes for horses in need of adoption or fostering. For the third consecutive year, Purina has pledged a base donation of $125,000.


On the Road Again: Managing Your Horse’s Health When Traveling

The leaves are changing, the temperatures are rising and we’re seeing most of that “white stuff” melt like the Wicked Witch of the West. That can only mean one thing – show season is around the corner. Whether you jump oxers, run barrels, or trot down centerline, it’s important to pay attention to your horse’s needs and the potential stressors of showing and traveling with your equine partner on a regular basis.


Why Jamie Lee Curtis Knows What’s Good for Your Horse

As a spokesperson for Dannon’s Activia Yogurt, actress Jamie Lee Curtis might have some ideas on what’s good for your horse. She understands the benefits of probiotics for a healthy digestive system. Although some might think prebiotics and probiotics are unnecessary in horse feed, here’s information to help you understand why these ingredients are beneficial to your equine partner.


5 Things You Should Know About Feeding Your Horse

Back in the day, many of us who grew up with horses had a more “traditional” view of feeding and equine nutrition. Thanks to ongoing scientific research, our horses can now enjoy an improved level of nutrition, performance and appearance. Here are five important things to know about feeding your horse:


Forage For Thought


Whenever one is looking to address or prevent equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS), often times the daily ration is examined carefully along with changes in daily management. In recent years, alfalfa has become touted as something to include in a horse’s daily diet to help prevent ulcers.


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