NSAIDs - Are You Following the Rules

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.

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4 Tips to Help Your Horse Beat the Summer Heat

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.

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How to Help Your Horse Have Healthy Hooves

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.

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Lumps, Bumps, Scratches & Sores

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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The Real Cost of Horse Ownership

It is often said that if you ask a question to ten horse owners, you will get ten different answers. However, one thing we can all agree upon is that horses are expensive! Affording the initial purchase cost is the least of expenses. Calculating the maintenance over the horses' lifetime is a more realistic look at a long-term budgeting plan. How much does horse ownership really cost? 

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Animals Benefit From Regenerative Cell Therapy

Dr. Cindy Echevarria and Dr. Erin Curry of VCA University Animal Hospital are now offering stem cell therapy for their patients. Drs. Echevarria and Curry became credentialed to use VetStem Regenerative Cell Therapy in January of this year. They are now treating patients afflicted by osteoarthritis pain and other joint issues, as well as muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries in dogs and cats using stem cells from the pets’ own fat.

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Sugar Promotes Chronic Inflammation in Horses

by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.

Inflammation. The very word triggers images of pain, redness and swelling. But in the case of injury or infection, acute inflammation is actually a beneficial means of restoring the body to health. Specific cells are called into action to remove the source of injury or infection and repair damaged tissue. It’s when inflammation becomes chronic that areas of the body may lose function.

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Leading a Horse to Water

Water should always be available to horses; it is essential for digestion and waste elimination. The body's chemical reactions, cellular reactions, transporting of nutrients and wastes, temperature regulation,Water should always be available to horses; it is essential for digestion and waste elimination. The body's chemical reactions, cellular reactions, transporting of nutrients and wastes, temperature regulation,

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Signs of Dehydration in Your Horse

During hot weather, or when working hard, the horse sweats to cool himself. If he gets short of water on a hot day (if his water tub is empty or an automatic waterer quits working) or has a fever and doesn't drink enough or has diarrhea, he may become dehydrated. The most common cause of dehydration is loss of fluid from extensive sweating during hard work or a long ride. The rider should be aware of subtle signs of dehydration — and slow down or halt a workout before the horse becomes seriously dehydrated.

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It's Hay Making Time!

"For sale - Grass hay for horses. 50 pound bales. $5.00 a bale.  Delivery available." 
 
Ads similar to this will be appearing across the country as the weather allows farmers to start making hay.  But the advertisement leaves several unanswered questions. 

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