HEALTH AND WELL BEING
Like a good friend of mine once said, "Have you ever known a horse to take itself to the Vet?" It's up to us to decide when to bring in the Doctor. These articles give you a place to start - any questions call the Vet!
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Summer brings fun, long days, and skin issues for horses. Read up on the most common and preventable issues!
Stallions, mares, teeth, keratin, and other horse anatomy weirdness.
What gnats are, what they love to do, how you can help your horse cope with gnats.
A primer to the amazing circulatory system of the horse, and how you can watch for changes in your horse's circulatory health!
The tricky subject of horse abuse - how to report it, what to do, what NOT to do.
Some things to know about feeding rice bran to horses and why you might want to feed rice bran.
How to start to figure out if your horse has sore back.
What to do to avoid a copperhead snake, and what to do if your horse is bitten by a copperhead snake!
Lots of information and research on laminitis in horses, these tidbits are just some of the more interesting facts.
Quidding is when horses are unable to properly chew their hay - lots of causes, and lots of ideas to help your horse.
Everything that you need to know about horse electrolytes! And then some.
An introduction into the urinary system of the horse, and what you need to watch for to alert you to problems.
How to determine if you need to give your horse iodized or regular salt in his diet. Don't rely on blocks!
A handy list of some common signs of colic in horses.
The houdini horse that escapes and finds himself in front of loads of hay can often end up in serious trouble. What to do if your horse gorges on hay! Hint - Call the Vet!
What every horse owner should know about their horse's stifle joint - how it works, what can go wrong, how to spot problems!
Some basic differences between ponies and horses - mostly in the feel good and be healthy categories.
A quick look into weather changes, horses, and their propensity for colic.
The basics of why horses might develop hives, and what you can do to make your horse comfortable again.
The dangerous relationship between blister beetles, horses, and alfalfa hay.
Mosquitos pose a huge threat to your horse's health, EEE, WEE, and WNV are among the diseases to learn about.
Your horse's feet can be put at risk for laminitis in many circumstances - and icing can help! Here are the top situations when you want to ice your horse's hooves.
A horse that is an easy keeper, or air fern, often has underlying circumstances that need Veterinary monitoring and maintenance.
Watch out for these skin ailments in winter - you may have to dig deep on your horse under all of that coat!
The similarities and differences between soaking and steaming hay for your horse. And do you even need to do it?
An intro into your horse's hocks - the joints, what to pay attention to, and how to care for the hocks!
The facts about horses and frostbite - and the two most likely places it will happen.
In the fall, your horse's own body might put him at a higher risk of laminitis. Time to be on the lookout!
Sand ingestion can be a big, colic causing problem. Try and limit how much he can even get into his belly with these ideas!
You might be ready to pumpkin spice the universe, but your horse needs a few things before fall and winter hit full force.
The known and unknown about maple leaf toxicity in horses!
Your horse's skin is his largest organ! With so many functions, it's important to inspect him daily.
A few reasons why feeding your horse some cow food may be totally dangerous, and even deadly.
The low down on the cow killer ant - really a wasp - and how it got that horrible name!
The main differences between legume and grass hay and how it might affect your horse!
A handy list of some colic risk factors for your horse.
You may find that one morning your horse has eaten his way through the feed room... this is an emergency! An overdose of grains can make your horse develop colic and laminitis.
A few of the do's and don'ts when it comes to witch hazel and horses. Generally useful, but avoid these areas on your horse.
How photosensitivity works in horses, and some easy treatments with the help of your Veterinarian and some shade.
An introduction to the horse's respiratory system, and what sorts of things you can listen and look for to be sure this system is healthy.
The tapeworms that live in horses are commonly associated with many types of colic. Trouble is, they are hard to detect!
It's a complete myth that lime is safe and/or effective to use around horses. There are better options for your horse's stall!
The green head fly is a particularly vicious fly - with only a few ways to relieve your horse of this painful annoyance!
Understanding how inflammation and icing work will only help your horse stay sound and healthy in the long run!
An introduction to the inner workings of your horse's digestive system - and how to monitor his insides by paying attention to his outsides!
Know the risk factors for laminitis so that you can help keep your horse healthy and happy!
Horse roll for lots of reasons - most of them are good, some are scary.
There are some definite plusses (and minuses) when horses and cows share the same pasture!
Dispelling some rumors and half truths about what foamy lips mean when your horse is wearing a bit!
While buttercups are cute, they are toxic. What you should know about them!
How to load horses in your trailer to maximize safety and comfort!
The long and short answers to this question about horses and dandelions! Yes he can eat them. Conditionally.
Your horse is only as good as the team that you put together for him!
Some ideas on how to prevent your horse from poking his neck (and legs and other stuff) through the fence!
Find another treat - grass clippings are dangerous for horses!
Pay attention to the air around you and your horse - and make some changes if it's too smokey, too dusty, too much ammonia.
Some things that you may, or may not, find interesting about horses and their anatomy and physiology.
Some great tidbits of information about hoof bruises, and what you can do for your horse.
How to make travels with your horse safe!
How to care for the horse that's only active a few days a week - the weekend warrior horse!
By saving your horse's feed bag labels, you can easily compare nutritional information and find out if contamination is possible if the food is recalled.
Increased use of dewormers has created some resistant worms! You also need to know what dewormer to use at what time - use fecal counts in your program, too!
A look at the pros and cons of using round bales of hay to feed your horses!
Humidity presents a special challenge for horses - and how to keep them safe and cooled off.
Do you need to groom your horse's eye? Well, yes and no.
A few common horse feed bag words and what they mean!
Another horse myth busted! Let your horse drink after exercise for maximum hydration.
The basics about tall fescue grass, endophytes, and horses!
How to read your horse's flehmen response!
Horses can develop sores and rubs, some ideas on how to prevent and heal!
An intro outlining some of the vaccine reactions that your horse may encounter after vaccinations!
A few reasons why the Veterinarian should be the only one vaccinating your horse!
The basics of how horses sleep, and things to look for if you suspect your horse isn't sleeping well!
What Grooms and horse owners need to know about DMSO, what it's for, and how to use it.
What every Groom can do about Botfly management at the barn!