Understanding the Equine Neck With Dr. Richard Wheeler

In the past, when a horse’s gait has felt off or lacking in its usual impulsion, it was often assumed to be an issue of lameness. Now however, thanks to the improved diagnostics readily available at the Palm Beach Equine Clinic (PBEC) and other top clinics around the world, veterinarians are able to more accurately pinpoint the problem area. Perhaps surprisingly, it’s not always in the legs or hooves. With increasing frequency, the horse’s neck is being diagnosed as the root of the issue.

Identifying Choke in Horses

Learning to recognize the symptoms and identify the causes of choke in horses,will help you respond appropriately to get your horse comfortable and out of trouble. Choke is when pieces of food get lodged in the horse's esophagus. For a horse, choking is not as much of an emergency as it is for a human, since the windpipe is not blocked and the horse can still breath, however it is very uncomfortable for the horse.

Tips for Horse Owners to Prepare for Hurricane Season

With the hurricane season upon us, it is important for horse owners to ready themselves in advance for evacuation and other recommended tasks related to hurricane preparedness. Here are some tips from the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) and the Equine Health Studies Program at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine for effectively preparing horse owners in areas prone to hurricane damage.

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Older Horses Need Supplemental Vitamin C

by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. As if aging isn’t hard enough! Creaky joints, sagging backs, loose teeth, increased infections, poor digestion, and embarrassing gassiness -- just a few of the problems associated with getting older (for your horse, not you!). But what was once a given in youth now turns into a deficiency – vitamin C must now be added to the diet.