Basic Horse Health

Start here if you’re new to horses and want to learn about their basic needs, care, diseases, and conditions.

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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

Article

The Trouble With Twins

March 01, 2001

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

Article

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

Article

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

Article

Pasture Paranoia: Laminitis Prevention

February 01, 1999

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

Article

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

Article

Navigating Natural Disasters with Horses

March 02, 2015

Prepare a disaster plan for keeping your horse safe during wildfires, hurricanes, and other emergencies.... Read More

Blog

Winter Boredom Busters for Horses

March 02, 2015

What ideas do you have for dealing with winter horse boredom?... Read More

Article

Equine Nutrition in America: Perceptions and Practices

February 28, 2015

Researchers recently evaluated how well the horse industry uses the available resources to improve feeding practices. ... Read More

Blog

The DIY Test for SI Disease

February 27, 2015

One performance horse veterinarian has devised a simple "checklist" for identifying sacroiliac disease in horses.... Read More

Video

Shock Wave Therapy

February 27, 2015

Equine surgeon Dr. Scott McClure explains what shock wave therapy is and how it works.... Read More

Article

Integrated Parasite Control: How to Strike a Balance

February 26, 2015

Deworming protocols have changed radically over the past decade. Here's what you should consider.... Read More

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The Best Hay, Grass, and Other Forages for Your Horse

February 23, 2015

Studies show that quality forage is the healthiest diet option for horses. Find out what you should feed your horse. ... Read More

The day dawns bright at Pool House, as staff clean horses' boxes (better known stateside as stalls) from the night before.

Slideshow

A Day at an Equine Practice Abroad

February 23, 2015

Spend the day at Pool House Equine Clinic in Litchfield, United Kingdom.... Read More

Blog

Science Helping Senior Horses

February 23, 2015

How has veterinary science and technology improved your senior horses' lives?... Read More