• Limb Conditions

    Several disorders can affect the hindlimbs, forelimbs or hooves of horses. Some of these can lead to lameness or changes in gait. Hindlimb Conditions in Horses Stringhalt is a condition that causes the horse to jerk or hop, with the hind legs pulled up high before taking the next step. This results

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  • Ligament and Tendon Injuries

    Ligaments and tendons are important parts of the musculoskeletal system, which also includes the muscles and bones. Together, all these components provide support for the body and enable the horse to move and exercise. Tendons are very tough bands of connective tissue that connect muscles to bone. Tendons

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  • Immunodeficiency Disorders

    Immunodeficiency disorders in horses are rare conditions that prevent the immune system from protecting the horse against viral, bacterial or other types of infections. These disorders can affect different parts of the horse’s immune system. They may be present at birth or develop later on in the horse’s

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  • Kidney and Liver Problems

    Horses are rarely prone to kidney or liver problems. Damage to both organs is much less common in horses than it is in cats or dogs. However, some aging horses do suffer from progressive and irreversible diseases of the liver or kidneys. Unfortunately, problems with these organs are seldom diagnosed

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  • Where Do You Look For a Horse?

    A good place to buy a horse is the stable where you ride or plan to keep the horse. The stable owner has an interest in keeping you satisfied, and knowing your abilities and temperament he or she can suggest a suitable animal. Riding instructors are also good agents for locating a suitable horse since

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  • Horse Health

    Looking after a horse is a complicated and, at times, trying experience. Part of a well horse health program includes routine vaccination and deworming. In addition to caring for the inside, however, two simple ways to maintain horse health are regular grooming and equine massage. Vaccinations Vaccinations

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  • Hoof Health and Care

    Horse hooves are complex structures that tell you a lot about your horse’s health and wellbeing. They’re also susceptible to many problems. Here are a few hoof basics as well as some of the major hoof issues your horse faces. Anatomy If you look at the bottom of a horse’s hoof, you’ll see two

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  • Hives and Skin Allergies

    The skin is the largest organ in the body and serves many important functions. In spite of its usefulness, a horse’s skin can also develop redness, itchiness or hives in response to various substances in the environment. These kinds of allergic reactions can be caused by things eaten, inhaled or touched

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  • Hernias

    Hernias A hernia is a tear in the body wall of a horse that allows the internal organs to push through to a place where they don’t belong. There are several types of hernias. They can affect horses of any age or breed. Horses may have a defect at birth (congenital) that increases the risk of a hernia,

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  • Headshaking

    Head shaking shows up in horses as uncontrollable shaking, jerking or flicking of the head, with no obvious physical irritation causing the condition. While some cases may be mild, head shaking can be severe enough to make a horse dangerous or unsuitable for riding. Other symptoms that may occur alongside

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  • Fractures

    Fractures, or breaks, can potentially occur in any bone in a horse’s body. Some types of fractures, however, are more common, especially among very athletic horses, such as racehorses. Causes of Fractures Fractures fall into several categories: An incomplete fracture (also known a “green stick,”

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  • Food and Nutrition

    From your point of view, as the caregiver, it is important to familiarize your horse with being handled-and of course, it is always gratifying to have a horse with a clean and smart appearance. Feeding your horse correctly is a vital element of effective horse care. A horse's natural grazing pattern

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  • Exerional Rhabdomyolysis (Tying-Up)

    Horse lovers have observed this frightening disease for centuries. It’s been called azoturia, tying-up, cording up, holiday disease and Monday morning disease; the last two names reflect that symptoms are sometimes observed after hard work followed by a period of rest. In the last couple of decades,

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  • Examining Your Horse

    Even if you fall in love with the horse, do not buy it before the animal has been thoroughly examined by a veterinarian with experience in performing purchase examinations. Long-time horse owners almost always have a veterinarian examine any animal before purchase and first-time owners should certainly

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  • Why Turnout is Essential Your Horse

    Could your horse's health suffer if it spends too much time indoors?

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  • Is Your Horse Showing Signs of Problems in its Hind Legs?

    Do you know the common causes of hind leg problems in horses?

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  • Signs That Your Horse is Stressed

    Can you recognize the signs of stress in your horse?

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  • Facts to Help You Care for Your Foal

    Do you know these foal facts?

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  • Managing Equine Asthma

    Does your horse have equine asthma? These tips will help you relieve asthma symptoms.

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  • Your Senior Horse and Exercising

    Do you know how much exercise your older horse needs?

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  • Horseback Riding in the Winter

    Are you planning to ride your horse this winter? Check out these safety tips.

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  • Your Winter Horse Care Checklist

    How prepared is your horse for winter weather?

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  • Anxiety in Horses

    Are you worried about your anxious horse? Try a few of these suggestions.

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  • Pregnancy in Horses

    Is your horse pregnant? A little extra care and attention will help keep your mare healthy during the pregnancy.

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  • How to Treat Eye Infections in Horses

    Do you know the signs of an eye infection in your horse?

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  • Caring For Your Horse in Hot Weather

    Improving your horse's comfort during hot, humid days can be as simple as following these tips.

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  • Your Horse's Night Vision

    Can your horse see better at night than you can?

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  • The Importance of Horseshoes for Your Horse

    Are you thinking about removing your horse's shoes? Learn why going barefoot may not be the best choice.

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  • The Growth and Care of Your New Foal

    Do you know how to care for your new foal? Take a look at these important tips.

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  • What You Need to Know About Equine Nutrition

    Is your horse getting all of the nutrients it needs?

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  • How To Care For Your Horse When Temperatures Drop

    When winter weather strikes, these tips will keep your horse warm and comfortable.

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  • Diseases That May Affect Your Horse

    Do you know which diseases can sicken your horse?

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  • Coupling Equine Nutrition & Acupuncture

    Integrated medical care for horses has been shown to not only enhance their overall performance in competition, but benefit their everyday well being. According to the International Veterinary Acupuncture Association, acupuncture can be effective to both prevent illness and treat specific equine health

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  • Caring for Senior Horses

    With proactive veterinary care, horses can live well into their late 20s and early 30s. In fact, the average life expectancy for most horses is now between 28 and 33 years. Basic senior wellness care includes dental care, balanced nutrition, and hoof care. This care ensures horses remain healthy and

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  • Advances in Equine Breeding & Assisted Reproduction

    Assisted equine reproduction has opened up new possibilities in the equine sporting community for horses where this was once limited. With the help of your equine veterinary specialist you can determine if your horse is an ideal candidate for this process either to become artificially inseminated or

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