Basic Horse Health

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Study Evaluates Horses' Voluntary Consumption of Teff Hay

August 05, 2012

When horses were not given a choice of forage, teff hay intake was no different than timothy hay intake.... Read More

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Breeding Soundness Exams for Stallions

January 27, 2012

A stallion must be in good physical condition and not overweight at the start of the breeding season.... Read More

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Keeping the Bitted Horse's Mouth Healthy

October 21, 2011

Studies offer conflicting information in regard to whether bit seating is beneficial to bitted horses.... Read More

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Colic in Horses: General Review

January 29, 2010

Among the species of domestic livestock, the horse is the animal that most commonly suffers from colic.... Read More

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Management Key to Preventing Heaves in Horses

August 04, 2009

Heaves (also called recurrent airway obstruction) is a severe form of bronchitis/bronchiolitis.... Read More

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MRI Diagnostics: Uses and Limitations

January 05, 2009

MRI uses magnetic fields to create various types of cross-sectional and three-dimensional images.... Read More

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Tips for Avoiding Barn Fires

December 29, 2008

Get some practical tips on how you can reduce the risk fire in your barn.... Read More

The VMTH’s specialty services are supported by several ancillary services such as its diagnostic imaging service, which provides MRI, computed tomography, radiography, and fluoroscopy for equine patients.

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Review of Available MRI Systems

April 26, 2008

Not all MRI units are created equal. Learn about the differences in MRI units.... Read More

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Wildfires: Dealing With Smoke Inhalation

October 31, 2007

Learn what health problems smoke and ash from wildfires can cause for horses.... Read More

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MRI in Equine Practice: Great Information and Growing Pains

January 07, 2007

MRI has become one of the most popular go-to tools for diagnosing the causes of lameness in horses.... Read More

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The Trouble With Twins

March 01, 2001

Breeders should endeavor to remove one of the twin embryos early in pregnancy.... Read More

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Till Death Do Us Part

January 01, 2001

How do horses perceive a dead horse? Do they know the deceased is not coming back?... Read More

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Dealing With Sand Colic

February 01, 2000

Prompt diagnosis and treatment can ensure that a mild colic doesn't become a fatal colic.... Read More

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Pasture Paranoia: Laminitis Prevention

February 01, 1999

Lush pasture is the arch enemy of horses susceptible to laminitis and founder. ... Read More

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Fetal Development and Foal Growth

January 01, 1999

Foals born to mares which do not receive proper nourishment during gestation could be born weak.... Read More

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Conditioning Horses for Peak Performance

January 27, 2015

Do you have the winter blues? Start planning your horse's fitness program for spring riding and competition.... Read More

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Preparing Horse Farms for Winter Weather Disasters

January 28, 2015

Plan ahead to keep family, employees, and horses safe in a winter weather disaster. ... Read More

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Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy

January 28, 2015

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a noninvasive modality used to stimulate healing.... Read More

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Don't Forget to Vaccinate and Deworm Old Horses

January 27, 2015

How often are your aging horses vaccinated and dewormed?... Read More

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Snow Blizzard 2015: Are You Prepared?

January 26, 2015

One Connecticut horse farm gets ready for a predicted blizzard. Are your horses ready?... Read More

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An Equine New Year's Resolution: Better Pasture Management

January 24, 2015

Focusing efforts on pasture management could have positive impacts on our horses, our wallets, and the environment. ... Read More

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Horse Management Tips for Cold Temperatures

January 23, 2015

Ensure horses have adequate shelter, water, dry bedding, and feed when temperatures drop.... Read More

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Massage and Acupuncture and Chiropractic, Oh My!

January 20, 2015

Does your senior horse receive complementary treatments?... Read More

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Are You Crash-Ready?

January 19, 2015

Here's what to do if you have a horse-hauling accident and how to avoid a wreck in the first place.... Read More