TheHorse.com's Top Free Reports of 2016

The year's most downloaded free report details the Henneke Body Condition scale, which is used to evaluate horses' weights.

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Equine Body Condition Score Poster 
This free poster is based on the Henneke Body Condition scale, which is used to determine the overall health of horses. It contains descriptions and illustrations of body condition scores for horses on a scale of 1-9, ranging from poor/emaciated to extremely fat/obese. It takes into consideration the look and feel of ribs, withers, shoulders, tail head, back, and neck.

12 Facts About Bisphosphonate Use in Horses
Not too long ago, a “navicular syndrome” diagnosis left owners with few options for their horses. Corrective shoeing might help, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories could possibly reduce the horse’s pain (but not without side effects, such as gastric ulcers). However, advances in MRI for assessing foot lameness have given veterinarians a better understanding of the podotrochlear apparatus, which includes the navicular bone and its supporting structures. That diagnostic tool, along with the U.S. Federal Drug Administration’s approval of certain bisphosphonate drugs for treating navicular syndrome has offered hope for those managing horses with this condition.

Horse Identification
An essential identification tool for all horse owners, this one-page horse identification form organizes all of your horse's important information in one convenient place. In case of trauma, theft, weather emergency, missing or loose horse, travel, etc., this free identification form will help you be prepared. Keep copies of this form for each horse at the barn and with your alternate contact in case of emergency. Don't spend valuable seconds during an emergency searching through paperwork for this information. This free horse identification form will help you be prepared should disaster strike.

The Yearly Cost of Keeping a Horse
People often say it’s not buying a horse that’s expensive--it’s everything that comes after. From building fences to selecting a truck and trailer, horse ownership is a lifestyle choice for many of us. Estimating an average cost for that lifestyle is a bit tricky, because pricing for major horse care items (such as hay and feed) varies by region. Use this chart to create your own budget.

Insect Bite Hypersensitivity in Horses
Insect bite hypersensitivity is an allergic reaction to the saliva of biting insects such as Culicoides (aka “no-see-ums,” midges, gnats), mosquitoes, black flies, and horn flies. The bites elicit an allergic response from sensitive horses, resulting in hives (urticaria) and/or crusty patches of bumps.

Just the Basics: What Every Horse Needs
No doubt about it, horse ownership is a big responsibility. Horses require daily attention and management to keep them healthy. And the horse world has no shortage of opinions and advice for how to best care for horses. Here’s a look at the basics of what every horse—no matter the breed or discipline—needs.

Hoof Problem Protocol
Your horse has a hoof abscess, bruise, puncture, or something else wrong with his foot. Should you call the veterinarian or farrier? With this comprehensive chart, find out the best next step to take during a hoof-related emergency.

Top 5 Stretches for Healthy Horses
In this step-by-step report Dr. Narelle Stubbs demonstrates key stretches Dr. Hillary M. Clayton recommends for horses. Complete with illustrations, this special report makes it easy to understand the proper stretches your horse needs to stay healthy.

Equine Asthma Syndrome
Recurrent airway obstruction (RAO), frequently referred to as heaves, negatively impacts horse health, performance, and welfare. Due to similarities between RAO and human asthma, a group of American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine specialists recently updated its recommendations for RAO diagnosis and treatment. Those recommendations include adopting “equine asthma syndrome” to better describe a spectrum of chronic airway inflammatory disorders—from mild inflammatory airway disease (IAD) in young athletes to severe RAO generally observed in horses over 7 years of age.

14 Up-to-Date Horse Deworming Facts
No doubt about it, parasite control in horses has changed dramatically during the past decade. Gone are the days of rotational deworming scheduled at regular intervals throughout the year. Now, scientists are studying parasite resistance to common anthelmintic (deworming) drugs, and veterinarians are offering clients more targeted equine parasite control solutions. Learn more about how horse deworming recommendations have changed in our special download.

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