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Large Animal Rescue: Educate Yourself, Veterinarians, and First Responders in this Specialty Rescue

Many of us grew up watching “Lassie”. The poor collie kept busy leading rescuers to accident-prone Timmy after he fell down cliffs, got stuck in quicksand, or ended up in abandoned mine shafts. After a bit of drama, the rescuers always successfully extracted Timmy from his entrapment. Would the rescuers …

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Is Your Horse Worth His Salt? – Plain Old Salt is a Requirement for Life

Horses should be fed loose salt.

The ancient Greeks traded salt for slaves – hence the saying “worth his salt”. Early Roman soldiers were partially paid in salt (salarium argentum) which is where the word “salary” originated. A severe salt deficiency can cause your horse to die. Napoleon had thousands of soldiers die during his retreat …

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Dealing with Thrush

Make a Resolution to Clean Hooves Daily By Eleanor Blazer   Over the years we develop many habits — some good and some not so good. Habits are behaviors which become automatic over years of repetitiveness. Adding a new habit to our daily routine takes effort and concentration. New Year’s …

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Equine Digestion Part 3

Horse Digestive System Designed for Continuous Forage by Eleanor Blazer   Why is the small intestine 60 feet in length and the large intestine only 25 feet long? It’s a question about the equine intestine that could keep you awake at night. When you know the answer, you’ll sleep more …

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Equine Digestive System Part 2

From Esophagus to Stomach By Eleanor Blazer   Through the lips, over the gums, look out stomach––here it comes! Once the horse has sorted, chewed and softened feed with saliva, he swallows. The slurry travels down the esophagus and into the stomach. The esophagus, a muscular tube about 50 inches …

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