No Lawn Clippings! – There are Many Risks Involved with Feeding Grass Clippings

Keep equines from accessing clippings in this type of situation. Photo by Dr. Cassie Torhorst.

Now that lawn mowing season is in full swing, I get a shocking number of questions about whether it’s safe to feed horses your lawn clippings. The answer is absolutely not! Many of us got this pounded into our heads at a young age in 4H or Pony Club, but …

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Helping Horses In Harm’s Way

Sharon Classen using a multi-radiance laser shower on an Omaha Mounted Police horse.

The Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Unit was founded in 1990. In 2005, ConAgra Foods built a state-of-art equine facility for the horses. With many fans in the community, the unit’s 12 to 14 horses regularly receive donations of tack, trailers, and even new stablemates. But what they’ve sorely needed lately …

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Hit the Road with Respiratory Health on Board

Photo: copyright Shelley Paulson

The horse world is cautiously getting back on the road as competitions re-emerge on June calendars. Productive horse people likely spent some of the pandemic doing horse trailer maintenance: checking breaks, tires, interiors, hitches and electrical connections. Those critical aspects of safe equine transport tend to get a lot of …

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Demystifying Hemp and CBD in the Equine – Nutritional and Medicinal Properties Abound in this Versatile Plant

Hemp is all the buzz these days, and for good reason. It’s a plant with literally thousands of uses. Hemp is used for clothing, fuel, paper and everything in between. It’s a weed and capable of growing in many different conditions with little fertilizer. Hemp is nutritious and can have medicinal …

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The Complex Hock – Fusion: A Permanent Fix

The horse’s hock is comprised of four joints and undergoes both flexion and rotation. Photo by Kim Roe.

The hock joint of the horse, also known as the tarsus, is very important to both hindlimb flexion and rotation. I am frequently asked about hock pain in horses. Pain in the hock can stem from numerous locations around the joint, but also inside the joint. The hock is comprised …

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The Lonely Horse

Photo by Kim Roe

All equines are herd animals by nature. Like humans, horses need interaction with members of their own species in order to thrive. But as prey animals, it’s a biological imperative for equines to be part of a herd. The herd represents safety from predators for themselves and their offspring. Being …

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Spring Skin Health

There are many wonderful things about spring — but trying to keep your horse clean and his skin healthy isn’t one of them. The list of seasonal challenges includes: Plenty of rain Mud everywhere Remnants of the winter coat trapping dirt, moisture, and sweat Insect irritation Long coats, warm days, …

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Equine Asthma

For nearly as long as horses have been domesticated, the relationship between barn confinement and respiratory disease in the horse has been recognized. This relationship is intuitive, especially when we consider that deep in the lung where the blood takes up oxygen, the barrier between the outside air and the horse’s circulation …

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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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