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Which Leg is Lame? A Beginner’s Guide (part 2 of 3)

Which Leg is Lame? A Beginner’s Guide (part 2 of 3)

Recognizing lameness in the hindlimbs can be slightly trickier than in the front legs. Generally, there is more movement and some compensation going on throughout the horse’s body. This can cause other limbs to look “off” and confuses the evaluator. In this month’s article we will discuss hindlimb lameness and …

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

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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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Four Tips to Reduce Cribbing: Reconsider Using a Cribbing Collar

Are you using a cribbing collar? Please reconsider. Cribbing collars are tormenting. They may discourage the behavior, but they do not relieve the urge. The hormonal response that results can lead to oxidative stress throughout the body, potentially harming vital organs, as well as joints and the digestive tract. Inflammation …

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The COVID-19 Dilemma

Information from a Veterinarian for Horse and Pet Owners COVID-19 is a term that has rapidly acquired worldwide recognition.  The seriousness of this highly contagious disease is inescapable.  The situation and information regarding COVID-19 is fast changing.  Below is recently collated information from three veterinary sources:  the American Association of …

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The Supplement Dilemma – How Do We Know What Our Horses Really Need?

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Go down the supplement aisle in any feed store and you’ll see supplements from floor to ceiling — all promising to make your horse healthier or perform better. In the world of supplements, it’s not one-size-fits-all. In a recent survey of horse professionals and non-professionals some interesting statistics arose: 12% …

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