Marcia King

Marcia King is an award-winning freelance writer based in Ohio who specializes in equine, canine, and feline veterinary topics. She's schooled in hunt seat, dressage, and Western pleasure.

Articles by Marcia King

Applying Insect Repellents

Whether a horse is troublesome or trouble-free about fly spray, here are some basic do's and don'ts to follow. Read More

Time to Say Goodbye

If possible, make decisions regarding euthanasia ahead of time to make the process less stressful. Read More

Maintaining Horse Health Records: Keep Notes on Everything!

Records can reveal health patterns, provide clues for health concerns, and keep wellness programs on track. Read More

Dialysis in Horses

Dialysis is an expensive procedure is not yet widely offered, however it is an option that, in some cases, Read More

Dummy Foal Syndrome (Equine Neonatal Maladjustment Syndrome)

Foals exhibit abnormal, often vague behaviors and/or neurologic signs during their first few days of life. Read More

The Disease of Obesity in Horses

Obesity can cause reproduction problems, bone and joint stress, insulin resistance, laminitis, and more. Read More

Brushing Up on Thrush in Horses

Thrush is an anaerobic bacterial infection that slowly eats away at the horse's hoof tissue. Read More

Brushing Up on Thrush

Good management and proper treatment are key to keeping your horses sound in the face of thrush. Read More

Joint Injury and Arthritis in Horses: Searching for Solutions

Researchers have developed diagnostic, preventive, and treatment options for equine musculoskeletal problems. Read More

Beat Botulism

Botulism is largely avoidable, but immediate veterinary treatment could help save an affected horse's life. Read More

Dealing With Colic: 32 Dos and Don'ts

Do you know what to do--and just as importantly, what not to do--if your horse displays vague, mild, or serious signs of what might be colic? How do you handle the situation? Actions to take/avoid with your horse's recovery plan? How to minimize the Read More

Equine Splints: Causes and Cures

Your 2 1/2-year-old horse has been in training for a few months, but even though you're taking it slowly and steadily and not pushing too hard, he sometimes comes up lame during or after a workout. The lameness isn't always present and rarely occurs Read More

Pilates for Horses?

Preliminary results from research suggest you can strengthen your horse's core muscles to help him be healthier, no matter his job in life.

"One of the things we know from human medical research is that when people get Read More

Core Training Exercise Guidelines

Core training exercises can be done without a warm-up--for example, in horses that are recovering from injury--because the horse controls the amount of motion, and loading of the joints is less than during locomotion. Hilary M. Clayton, BVMS, Read More

Managing the Easy Keeper

Much like humans, horses need a proper diet and adequate exercise to maintain a healthy body weight. Read More

Saving Horses 911

Traditionally, in the event of some sort of accident--trailer overturned, horse stuck somewhere, horse down, environmental disaster--the owner or witness often attempts to deal with the incident himself/herself or with the aid of a friend Read More

Winter Workouts

Consider how current weather conditions will affect your horse and adapt your workouts accordingly. Read More

Herbs for Horses

While there is some scientific evidence that herbs can be used as effective treatments and preventives in humans and animals, "natural" does not always mean "benign."

You probably know the types: Eager Ellen, who is sold Read More

Don't Ignore Melanomas

The latest research indicates that equine practitioners and the general public need to understand that a melanoma is not just a benign bump.

The statistics are a little daunting:

  1. Up to 80% of gray horses older Read More

Senior Horse Nutrition

Base your senior horse's diet on a full assessment of his health and management to help his well-being. Read More

Barefoot vs. Shod

This point/counterpoint discusses the controversial issue of whether horses need to wear shoes. Back in 2002, Tufts University hosted a seminar for farriers and veterinarians to review the barefoot hoof care methods devise Read More

5 Hints for Hiring a Horse Sitter

Give careful consideration to your candidates to increase the odds of having a satisfactory outcome. Read More

20 Hot Weather Trailering Tips

Keep your horses cooler, less stressed, and happier when hauling in hot, humid conditions. Read More

Equine Therapy: Sound Choices

Many equine therapy devices are available, but which ones work? Keeping your horse in action or getting him sound and back into battle: twin goals of just about everyone who works with competition horses or who spends a chunk of time playing with the Read More

Desensitizing Your Horse to Fly Spray

A HORSE'S LAMENT: How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways. 'Tis the rankest compound of villainous smell that ever offended nostril. Yonder vessel full of foul sound and fury. Cruel icy tears assailing my body. --Equus Read More