Quiet Your Horse’s Allergies – Move Beyond Drugs with Herbs and Key Nutrients

Allergies are a common complaint, especially during the warmer months. The typical treatment involves antihistamines or steroids. And these drugs often give good results. In fact, I would likely do the same for my horses if they were suffering. Allergies are miserable! Coughing, runny eyes and nose, incessant itching—the torment …

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Biosecurity in Horse Barns – An Ounce of Prevention

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In today’s world, biosecurity measures have become increasingly common in our day-to-day lives. Still, veterinarians frequently see outbreaks of infectious diseases in horse stables across the United States. These outbreaks can have detrimental effects on horse health, trigger long lasting movement restrictions, and cause deep financial hardships for owners and …

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Is Your Horse Safe in His Home? Attention to Details Can Save Your Horse

An aisleway between fences eliminates the problem of horses fighting across the fence and injuring themselves on the fencing.

Scenario one: An equine facility has a policy that riders must clean their horses’ hooves before leaving the arena to keep the barn aisle clean. A hoof pick hangs on a hook next to the arena gate. One day, while cleaning out her horse’s hooves, a woman’s horse reaches up …

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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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No Farrier, No Hoof, No Horse – How to Keep Your Farrier Coming Back

Your horse should be clean and in the barn at your scheduled appointment time. Photo by Kim Roe

Without well-maintained feet, a horse’s performance may decline. The feet can fall apart and the horse will become uncomfortable or flat-out lame. Riding is interrupted, and it’s really unpleasant to see our equine friends not moving or feeling their best. Your farrier plays a critical role in preserving your horse’s …

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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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