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Getting Your Footing As An Owner When It Comes To Farriery

Photo by John Beursken, courtesy of Noble Farriery

Where does one begin to learn about farriery as a horse owner? Because of the sheer quantity of information available to us via the internet, it can be overwhelming for anyone to find answers to specific questions from reliable sources, let alone to start seeking when one doesn’t know the …

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What Can You Do About Topline Loss? – Proper Nutrition Can Bring Improvement

A horse with a weak topline may need additional protein.

A smooth, strong topline is a definitive sign of health. Your horse’s back musculature not only looks good but is important for his ability to support his spine and joints. If the topline is diminished, it’s important to assess the cause. Some possible reasons include: Multiple pregnancies Poor saddle fit …

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Winter Hoof Pain – A Temporary but Serious Issue for Some Horses

For some horses, temperature drops bring the onset of relentless hoof pain. Photo by Kim Roe

Article by Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD for ECIR Group Inc. Frozen and lumpy ground can make any horse hesitant and short-strided but cold-induced hoof pain is something different. Most horses are energized by cooler weather, bucking and playing exuberantly. But for some horses, temperature drops mean the temporary onset of …

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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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Old Bits: 17 Tips When Hauling Horses Long Distance

Life in a Horse Trailer Dealing with and Minimizing Travel-induced Stress by David Sauter, DVM, Kulshan Veterinary Hospital In this installment of the Doctors’ Corner we’ll examine the kinds of stress trailering puts on a horse and the associated medical concerns, followed by measures that encourage safer, healthier transport. FACTORS …

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Old Bits: Topics in Therapeutic Nutrition

Supplement Ingredients for Optimal Equine Reproductive Performance By David F. Davenport, D.V.M., M.S. (Ag. Econ.), M.S. (Nutr.), C.N.S.; James Bailey, Ph.D; and J. Eric Martin, D.V.M. General Nutrition Providing optimal nutritional input will enhance reproductive performance. High quality protein intake concurrent with energy intake to maintain a body condition score …

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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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