What are Wolf Teeth in Horses? Most Trainers Recommend Removal Before Training Begins

Wolf teeth are relatively small teeth of variable shapes and sizes that erupt in front of the first premolars. They are most commonly located on the upper jaw. Photo by Mary Delorey

Wolf teeth are relatively small teeth of variable shapes and sizes that erupt in front of the first premolar. They occur in about 70% of the equine population, males and females alike. They commonly appear at 6-18 months of age, sometimes later. Horses may have wolf teeth on one or …

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Dealing with Kissing Spines – Nine Points to Keep in Mind

Photos by Dr. Sara Perkins

It sometimes begins with a horse that becomes anxious under saddle, has unexplained spooking and bucking when ridden, refuses to go forward, and has an inability to make progress in training. Or maybe they just resist being mounted and are cold backed but then work out of it. Perhaps the …

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Equine Cushing’s Disease – Common Senior Horse Disease Can Cause Numerous Health Problems

Diagnosis for equine Cushing’s is made based upon on clinical symptoms and bloodwork.

Long summer days turn into crisp fall days and before we know it, winter has arrived. When we think of old man winter in horse form, we think of an old horse who has a long, shaggy hair coat and a swayed back, fat deposits in odd places, and is …

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Negotiating the Bumpy Road of Allergies – Find the Cause to (Hopefully) Solve the Problem

Photo by Dr. Sara Perkins

Allergies are a common problem in horses and can affect overall health, performance, and quality of life. Common signs include excessive itchiness, hives, coughing, difficulty breathing (heaves), skin lesions along the lower midline (sweet itch), and hair loss from rubbing. Horses may also have swelling (edema) on the body or …

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Dreaming of a Foal? – The Ins and Outs of Breeding Your Mare

Photo by Holly Rydman

The holidays are over, which means breeding season will soon begin. We start breeding in February and typically wind down by July. Breeders focused on aged events or sales often want the advantage of an earlier foal. Those mares are bred in February and March. In order to get the …

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