If a horse works hard in hot or humid weather, he may suffer dehydration and exhaustion. Fluid loss (from sweating to cool himself) can lead to problems such as heat stroke, thumps (due to electrolyte imbalance) or dehydration colic. There are many ways you can help protect a horse from adverse affects of heat.
Diarrhea can be a common problem for horse owners, but how do we know when it is serious? What are some of the causes? How do we treat severe cases and what are the complications to watch for? Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Peter Heidmann of Palm Beach Equine Clinic in Wellington, FL, has the answers […]
by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. Many horses rely entirely on hay for their forage needs. Is hay nutritious? Not very. Hay is dead grass; it no longer contains many of the vitamins, omega 3s and omega 6s, it once had as living pasture. It does, however, contain protein, carbohydrates, and minerals, and is a significant source of energy. But does it have enough to maintain health? Testing will help remove the guesswork out of diet planning.
by Dr. Bryan Waldridge, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, ABVP Few sights are worse than the tragedy of malnourished or starved horses. It is important to consider that not all underweight horses are the victims of abuse or neglect.
I respect and honor the way horses are made—they are different—unique, really. In a suitable, native environment, they are quite capable of taking care of themselves. They are free to eat and roam and, well, be horses. Domestication involves removing them from their natural setting, but their instincts for survival remain unchanged, and those instincts are based on compelling physiological and mental needs. Make no mistake about this: when we ignore or deny those needs, we seriously imperil...
by Kentucky Equine Research Horses evolved as wandering herbivores, moving slowly for hours and taking bites of whatever forage they came across in their rambles. Modern feeding practice is quite different, with many horses given all-day access to rich forage, an invitation to obesity.
Most of us, as horse owners, try to be present at the birth of our foals. All too often, however, we arrive after the little one is here. We arrive to find the little guy nursing while the placenta is still dangling about the mare's hocks. The last stage of parturition is the passing of the placenta. It is very important to monitor this stage closely, as any complication here may also be life-threatening to the mare.
Dear Dr. Lowder: My 14 year-old bay Arabian gelding has a sarcoid about the size of a quarter on the left side of his neck. The veterinarian examined it and suggested either cryosurgery, injections or just leaving it alone. I've heard that even after aggressive treatment, they often return.
Explained by Dr. Stephen O’Grady Palm Beach Equine Clinic (PBEC) of Wellington, FL, proudly offers advanced services to referring veterinarians and clients in equine podiatry with the expertise of Dr. Stephen O’Grady. As the show season continues on, some horses may be experiencing foot soreness or new lameness that could be related to their farriery.
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.