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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Nutrition-Related Problems: Alsike Clover Poisoning

March 06, 2015

Alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum) has been linked to two different health problems in horses.... Read More

While winter might be picturesque, it's often a stifling time for riders.

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Winter Boredom Busters for Riders

March 06, 2015

Is winter weather keeping you from riding? Alayne offers some winter boredom buster tips for riders. ... Read More

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In Disaster's Wake: Horses and the Devastation

March 06, 2015

After weathering a natural disaster, take steps to reduce your horses' chances of infection or injury.... Read More

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An Introduction to Automatic Waterers

March 06, 2015

Do you really want to wrestle with frozen hoses? Here's what to know about automatic waterers.... Read More

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Preparedness is Key to Surviving Tornadoes with Horses

March 05, 2015

Being prepared in advance is crucial for helping horses survive potentially life-threatening storms.... Read More

Navicular syndrome is a "catch all" phrase describing chronic forelimb lameness caused by pain stemming from the navicular bone and related structures.

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A Look at Navicular Syndrome in Horses

March 04, 2015

Navicular syndrome is a leading cause of front-limb lameness in horses. Learn more in our slideshow.... Read More

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Preventing Disease Spread: Don't Forget About Farriers

March 04, 2015

Farriers should practice smart biosecurity to prevent potential equine disease spread among properties.... Read More

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20 Disaster Planning Questions

March 04, 2015

Community disaster planning begins at home and in neighborhoods. It begins with understanding your farm.... Read More

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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