Working With a Veterinarian

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Handling a Choking Horse

April 25, 2008

All animals can choke, including horses. When it happens, it should be considered a medical emergency. A horse chokes when its esophagus is obstructed, rather than the trachea, or windpipe. Although horses are still able to breathe in this... Read More

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Wooden Shoes for Chronic Laminitis

April 23, 2008

The chronically laminitic horse is often a very tough case to manage because displacement of the coffin bone within the foot leads to a lot of pain and damage, in addition to the damage that allowed the displacement in the first place.... Read More

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Service Pony Recovers from Health Crisis

April 10, 2008

Thanks to the skill and kindness of several Texas veterinarians, a blind woman's assistive guide pony is recuperating from serious illness.

Trixie is a nearly 14-year-old Pony of the Americas mare, and she has been Tabitha Darling's service... Read More

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AAEP Launching Equine Dentistry Campaign

April 07, 2008

Because proper dental care is vital to a horse's overall health, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is launching a campaign to promote the need for horses to receive a thorough oral examination at least once a year. Designed... Read More

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Commentary: Working With Your Veterinarian

April 03, 2008

"Please help! My 10-year-old Quarter Horse has been down in the pasture for two days and won't get up. What should I do?"

"A week ago I saw my horse bitten by a skunk in broad daylight. I dressed the wounds, but after searching the internet... Read More

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Surpass vs. Bute for Arthritis

March 31, 2008

Does Surpass really work to improve joint health, or is it just another way of delivering a painkiller? CSU researchers set out to answer that question.... Read More

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Buying a Horse: Tips for First-Time Owners

March 28, 2008

It might be just one horsepower, but before riding off into the sunset on that new horse you've just purchased, make sure you know what you are getting.

Michael Martin, DVM, equine field service clinician at Texas A&M University's... Read More

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Readers Respond: Just Ain't Right

March 24, 2008

Nearly 2,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, " What do you do when your horse isn't acting normal, but doesn't show specific clinical signs?"

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Examining the Equine Eye

March 24, 2008

The best equine test for vision is the "dazzle reflex," a sensitive test for retinal function. An observer watches to see if the horse squints in response to shining a bright light into the injured eye.... Read More

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Annual Wellness Exam

March 01, 2008

Wellness care can result in a healthier life for the horse at a more manageable cost for the owner.... Read More

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Working With a Nutritionist

February 01, 2008


Using a qualified equine nutritionist can help you manage your horses to live and work better.

Feeding horses properly is an art and a science. Sometimes it helps to work with a... Read More

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Investigating Foreign Animal Diseases

December 30, 2007

Surveillance for and the investigation of suspected foreign animal diseases is a high priority for state and federal animal health regulatory officials, because the movement of animals and animal products, including semen and embryos, in... Read More

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Seeking an Expert

December 01, 2007

We live in the age of instant and abundant information. Today's horse owners and enthusiasts are extremely well-informed and have high expectations for the medical care of their animals. As a result, it is not uncommon when a horse develops a... Read More

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4 Communication Tips

December 01, 2007

Ben Espy, DVM, Dipl. ACT, offers his advice on communicating with your veterinarian:

#1 Keep your own records Whether you are trying to schedule routine work or an emergency visit, your veterinarian relies on... Read More

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Education Summit Focuses on Attracting, Keeping Equine Vets

November 12, 2007

Nationally recognized educators and private practitioners gathered in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Oct. 10, to discuss how to recruit more equine veterinarians and ensure those currently in the profession are retained. The American Association of... Read More

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Equine 911: Making the Call on When to Call the Vet

October 24, 2007

If you contact your veterinarian at the first sign of a problem, you might actually end up spending less and having better results. Let your veterinarian decide which of these three situations you fall in:

Situation one: Your veterinaria... Read More

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When Your Horse Visits the Hospital: 12 Tips

September 02, 2007

Taking your horse to the equine hospital can be confusing and emotionally taxing. As the owner, you will be asked to assist the treatment team, and also to make decisions for your horse.

Here are tips to prepare you from... Read More

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Horses Unwilling or Unable to Eat: A Feeding System

July 11, 2007

Veterinarians at Oregon State University developed a method to get valuable calories into anorexic horses or those unable to eat normally. The process employs a couple of buckets, pelleted complete feed, water, tubing, and a bilge pump.... Read More

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Working with Morocco's Horses: Journey's End

June 25, 2007

The article At Work in Morocco, published in The Horse magazine in June 2006, highlighted the conditions of working equids in the African nation. But it also performed an... Read More

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Veterinary Ethics

June 01, 2007

Owners, trainers, and veterinarians are responsible for the health and welfare of the horse. Performance horses need to be treated like any other athletes. This often entails medical treatment by veterinarians, which allows horses to compete in a... Read More

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Strategies for Improving Vet-Client-Farrier Relations

May 01, 2007

When a horse has a foot problem, effective communication bewteen farrier, vet, and owner is key.... Read More

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Ideally Speaking

May 01, 2007

At the end of a long day, possibly after driving many miles in all sorts of weather and traffic, many an equine veterinarian must pause for a few moments and shake his/her head in amazement. This amazement is probably not in regard to the animals,... Read More

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Therapeutic Equipment

December 01, 2006

Before you invest in a therapeutic modality, look not just for testimonials and anecdotal reports, but for hard scientific proof and comparable applications in human medicine. Before using any type of modality on your horse, be sure to discuss... Read More

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Where Are All the Vets?

October 01, 2006

The caller is in the midst of a terrible dilemma. It is 8:30 on a rainy, November night. The weatherman is calling for the roads to freeze up. This poor woman's horse is colicking, and her "regular" veterinarian won't even return her phone calls.... Read More

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Veterinary Education

August 01, 2006

A veterinarian's education does not end when he or she graduates from veterinary school. Some might go on to become board certified in a specialized area of practice, such as surgery or internal medicine, and all are required by state licensing... Read More