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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Equine Gastric Ulcers: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

May 22, 2015

Dull coat? Cinchy? Thin? Your horse might be one of the 50-90% suffering from gastric ulcers. ... Read More

Damage caused by an ill-fitting saddle pad.

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Skin Issues That Affect Saddle Fit

May 27, 2015

Some sores, injuries, and infections can make saddling a painful process for your horse. Here's what to watch for.... Read More

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Getting to the Bottom of a Bite

May 26, 2015

Toxic reactions to bites are uncommon in horses, but when they do occur the consequences can be serious.... Read More

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Cresty Neck Prevalence, Risk Factors Evaluated

May 25, 2015

Risk factors identified include height, a previous history of laminitis, breed, herd size, and more.... Read More

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What Nutrients Does Your Horse Need?

May 23, 2015

A horse requires specific nutrients that you must consider when developing his feeding program.... Read More

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Clinical Signs and Causes of Back Pain in Horses

May 22, 2015

Learn about common issues owners encounter with their horses' spine and saddle fit and how to treat such issues.... Read More

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The Sacred Art of Puttering with Horses

May 20, 2015

Sometimes you just need to savor the simple routines of horse ownership.... Read More

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Improving Arena Surfaces

May 20, 2015

Find a safe and durable footing to support your horse's soundness.... Read More

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The Coolest Things I Learned About Saddle Fit

May 19, 2015

Here are my top six takeaways from a two-day introduction to saddle fitting course.... Read More