A smelly barn is unhealthy and unpleasant for horses and people, an ideal breeding place for flies, and a common source of friction between neighbors.
Merck Animal Health and expert veterinarians agree diagnosing EPM can be difficult, but is money and time well-spent.
By Kathy Williamson, DVM, Purina Animal Nutrition
Winter is just around the corner, and it is time to start thinking about how you are going to keep your horse in top health during the season. There are many aspects to your horse management, nutritional and veterinary health programs that should be assessed prior to the onset of cold weather. Here are 5 tips that may help you “winterize” your horse and get your management practices geared up for the weather changes ahead.
By understanding why horses perform many bad habits, we can make changes in their environment that will prevent them from ever starting in the first place.
by Joe Pagan, Ph.D.
One of the most common questions asked about feeding the performance horse is when to feed before a competition. Theoretically, feeding should be timed so that all of the nutrients from a meal have been digested, absorbed, and stored before starting exercise, but not so long before exercise that the horse begins to mobilize fuels just to maintain its resting body functions.
by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.
Day in and day out, your horse eats the same thing. Boring ... yes. Unbalanced ... definitely. You’d like to add some fresh fruits to his diet, especially this time of year with all the summer variety available, but he’s already on the chubby side and you’re afraid of giving him too much sugar.
As equestrians, we expect a lot from our performance horses. Sometimes pain and inflammation of their joints can happen right before a show or competition. Before administering a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), it’s important to know the rules specific to your particular association or show.
Heat and humidity place an added burden on horses during training, showing and transporting. Especially during the busy summer travel and show season, it’s important to make sure your horse is not becoming overheated, stays sufficiently hydrated and remains comfortable, even when temperatures soar.
How do you keep your horse's hooves healthy? How do you know when trouble's "afoot?" What are the signs of healthy hooves and unhealthy ones? Sometimes it seems the answer can be a puzzle. Advice is plentiful, yet it can be contradicting.How do you keep your horse's hooves healthy? How do you know when troubles "afoot?" What are the signs of healthy hooves and unhealthy ones? Sometimes it seems the answer can be a puzzle. Advice is plentiful, yet it can be contradicting.
Go to the barn, look at your horse, and you are going to see a lump, a bump, a scratch, or a sore. You are going to see these things on his face, neck, shoulder, girth, back. legs, or behind the pastern. Most lumps, bumps, and scrapes are minor. But of you see ringworm, rain rot, scratches or hives, then your horse has a problem and you have a duty – get busy and get rid of it.
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