Body Condition

Bedding serves two functions: It creates a soft place for horses to lie down and rest. Additionally, it absorbs urine and helps control odor. Bedding options vary by region and can have an impact on your horse’s health.

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Hepatic Lipidosis in Horses

September 12, 2011

Hepatic lipidosis (fat deposits in the liver) proves fatal for 40% and 80% of affected ponies and horses.... Read More

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Grazing Muzzles' Efficacy at Reducing Pasture Intake

September 06, 2011

Grazing muzzles can be effective at reducing pasture intake, sometimes reducing intake by as much as 85%.... Read More

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The Secrets of Longevity

August 01, 2011

With horses now living well into their 20s and 30s, owners need to implement care and management practices tha... Read More

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Weight Gain for Older Horses

August 01, 2011

My 25-year-old Thoroughbred has had trouble keeping his weight up after a stroke. How can I help him? ... Read More

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Using Nutrition to Prevent and Manage Equine Disease

July 19, 2011

Adjusting what a horse consumes can help prevent or squelch some equine ailments.... Read More

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Beat the Heat

July 01, 2011

As tough as steamy summers can be on humans, they can be even tougher on horses.... Read More

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Once-Over Grooming

July 01, 2011

Grooming gives you visual and tactile information about your horse's health.... Read More

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Digestive Health Through the Seasons

June 24, 2011

With a little forethought you can maintain that all-important digestive health throughout the year.... Read More

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Feeding Your Horse to Perform

June 01, 2011

A high-performance horse's body needs fuel to run efficiently and at its optimal level. ... Read More

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Summer Slim-Down (for a Belgian horse)

May 02, 2011

I have 9-year-old Belgian gelding that I'm trying to slim down for showing this summer, but I do want to make sure he is getting all of his nutritional requirements, especially for the winter. Can you give me some ideas for a feeding regimen?... Read More

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Psyllium for Glucose and Insulin Control

April 23, 2011

Veterinarians often recommend psyllium for use as a laxative, specifically for clearing sand out of horses' intestines to minimize the chances of sand colic. But new research indicates there might be another use for the phytogenic (plant-based) ... Read More

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Evaluating Your Horse's Body Condition

April 20, 2011

Body condition scoring (BCS), an impartial way to evaluate a horse's weight and welfare, is a valuable tool that helps horse owners understand their horses' well-being. It is an important aid that can be used to make sound decisions regarding general... Read More

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Yes, Your Horse Is Fat

April 07, 2011

Horse owners must be able to acknowledge that a horse is overweight and needs to drop a few pounds.... Read More

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UC Davis to Host Equine Medicine Symposium for Owners

April 01, 2011

The University of California, Davis, annual equine medicine symposium is scheduled for April 9. This year's topic is "The Golden Years: Helping Your Horse Mature Gracefully," and it will cover everything you ever wanted to know about helping your ... Read More

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CANTER Sets Up Herd Health Reports

March 25, 2011

The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER), which helps find homes for retired racehorses, has established a "Herd Health Report" in an effort to provide transparency for donors and the horse buying public. According to... Read More

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What's Your Horse's Body Condition Score?

March 22, 2011

Regular body condition scoring helps you keep your horse in good health. Learn about scoring your horse.... Read More

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UC Davis Offers Discounted Preventive Care Package

March 09, 2011

Veterinarians from the University of California, Davis', William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital are helping clients protect their horses from influenza, tetanus, dental problems, and other health risks by providing owners with a ... Read More

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Avoiding 'Feed Founder'

March 02, 2011

For some horses, you can reduce feed, farrier, and vet bills in one fell swoop, including laminitis risks.... Read More

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Carbohydrates 101 for Horses

March 01, 2011

Carbohydrates are important energy sources for horses, and they are required for digestive health.... Read More

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Equine Proliferative Enteropathy: Developing a Challenge Model (AAEP 2010)

February 08, 2011

It isn't every day that a new disease or ailment is discovered, as many of the most common equine health problems have been around for several decades, if not centuries. But within the past decade a new disease has emerged that appears most ... Read More

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Understanding Carbohydrates in Equine Diets

February 04, 2011

When it comes to managing the carbohydrates in a horse's diet, knowing the basics of how horses digest food is half the battle. Laurie Lawrence, PhD, an equine nutritionist from the University of Kentucky's Department of Animal and Food Science who ... Read More

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Identifying and Managing Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS)

January 31, 2011

Diagnosing EMS and taking steps to manage it can allow your horse to live a healthy and productive life. ... Read More

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Second Annual Breeders' Short Course Recap

January 27, 2011

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture partnered with the University of Minnesota (U of M) to present the 2nd Annual Kentucky Breeders' Short Course held Jan. 21 and 22 in Lexington. The first day of the course was designed for ... Read More

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Endocrine Disease Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

January 27, 2011

One of the Table Topic discussions at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners annual meeting, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., addressed equine endocrine disorders. Moderators and attendees discussed diagnostic testing for equine ... Read More

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Dieting Tips for Obese Horses

January 26, 2011

According to Alex Dugdale, MA, VetMB, DVA, Dipl. ECVA, MRCVS, a senior lecturer in the school of veterinary science at the University of Liverpool in England, "obesity (in horses) creeps up on us." When it comes to battling obesity, keeping the horse... Read More