Dr. Lowder, My friends' 8 year old was recently given about a dozen "pet" chickens that they have let run loose to feed and roost in their horse barn. (For some reason they think this is cute, but that is another story...) I have read and been told that keeping horses and chickens in close proximity like that causes a health risk for horses.
Your horse presses his top teeth against a solid object, arches his neck, and swallows air in a rocking motion. A grunting or gulping noise emerges. This is cribbing. Its true cause is unknown but genetics along with stressful circumstances ...
Gas colic is the least serious form of colic. That’s the good news.
From Laura Batts The Horse Hippie HORSE RIDER YOGA (approx. 160 minutes, 8 classes, $50.00) is a yoga program designed to help equestrians improve their confidence, balance, flexibility and connection with their horse. Yoga and riding have much in common. They both require a mind and body connection. They both require balance and rhythm, and […]
by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. Diet affects behavior. This makes sense. A well fed horse is healthy. And a healthy horse feels good. Conversely, a poorly-nourished horse is suffering.
Nutrition affects your horse’s hooves, but balance is essential for hoof health. The need for balance seems to arise in every aspect of horse riding and ownership. Your trainer will push for a balanced ride. Your farrier will trim and shoe for a balanced hoof. And, perhaps most importantly, you aim to provide your horse […]
My horse has a slight club foot and when the shoes were taken off, the hoof broke off pretty short in the toe. He has been sore for 2 days and on the 3rd day there was heat in the front part of the hoof. My vet said to put heat on the hoof as there could be an abscess and this would draw it out. My farrier is DEER HUNTING and can't be reached. How does an abscess symptom begin? Does this sound like an abscess? My horse can put weight on the foot pretty good but turning from side to side is...
By Justin High, DVM The New Year brings new expectations for what will be produced from last year's breeding season. After coasting through the last few months of your mare's pregnancy with no problems, we are all struck with the fact of how quickly foaling season is upon us.
by Jill J. Dunkel In cold weather, many horse owners are riding less and less, but the routine care of your horse doesn't decrease. In fact, extra care may be required to keep your horse in good condition in cold weather.
We love the holidays for celebrating some of life’s happiest moments and making memories with loved ones. Dogs and cats love the holidays too, especially when their owners and guests share extra time and pet treats with them. But all the interesting foods and decorations in our homes during the holidays can be irresistible to pets, sometimes landing them in emergency pet hospitals after tasting or eating them.