The Way of Horses – The End of the Line

By Eleanor Blazer

Within your horse may be invaders that can cause illness. These organisms are dependent on him for sustenance and life.  Your horse is their "host".

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Tying Up Problems

By Don Blazer

When it comes to “tying-up” in horses, we may have information overload.  Too many names, too much information and no “authoritative” solutions! (I have a “it hasn’t failed me yet” solution; not authoritative, but effective.) Tying-up is characterized by muscle stiffness, especially in the hindquarters and loin, at times profuse sweating, reddish brown to almost black urine and obvious signs of severe pain.

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Alfalfa and the Insulin Resistant Horse — The True Story

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.

Alfalfa can be an excellent addition to most horses’ diets, even for those who are insulin resistant (IR). I often recommend feeding it because it boosts the overall protein quality of a grass-hay diet and, in general, enhances the horse’s muscle tone, immune system, and overall health. But some people just don’t want to feed alfalfa; they believe it causes laminitis. And after years of working with horses, it appears that it may, in fact, lead to laminitis in some horses. I found this to be very puzzling since alfalfa is low in sugar and starch, even lower than most grass hays. Its high protein content, however, makes it more caloric, which can be a problem for IR horses who need to lose weight. But I always included some, albeit a small amount.

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Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis (HYPP) Explained

Hello! I have been looking for information about Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis (HYPP) which apparently is a genetic disorder found in some Q-Horses descending from a stallion named Impressive.

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Tips Needed on What to Look for During Foaling

We have a horse that is going to have a baby and I need some tips!

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Long in the Tooth?

Is your horse getting a little long in the tooth?

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Do's and Don'ts of Equine Massage

The atmosphere in which you work will directly influence the efficacy of the massage. What follows are some suggestions for making massage treatment safe for both you and your horse.

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The Way of Horses - Hoof Cracks

By Eleanor Blazer
 
I received an email the other day from a horse owner wanting to know what supplement she could feed her horse to improve the condition of her horse's hoof.  Attached was a picture of the hoof.

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Parasite Resistance: Why You Can't Continue to Ignore It

In the world of human medicine, you’ve likely heard about concerns of bacteria becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics.1 It works like this: Each time a person takes an antibiotic, sensitive bacteria are killed. Resistant germs, however, are left to grow and multiply, ultimately creating a population of “supergerms” that don’t respond to traditional antibiotics.1

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What Every Horse Needs, Period.

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.
 
The horse world is cluttered with feeds, supplements, and remedies all promising a better, “new and improved” horse. While many such products do in fact improve horses’ health and condition, there are certain basics that every horse needs, regardless of breed, age, condition, or purpose. Even seasonal or regional changes do not alter these foundational principles.

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