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Understanding Horses Part 11: Diagnose the Problem Before Trying to Fix It

There are many people looking for answers for their horses' problems. I've been talking to more and more people, and they all think they have different problems, but generally, horse problems boil down to one of four things: ground manners, under Read More

Focus on Lameness


See what veterinarians and owners learned during the AAEP's late summer meeting on lameness.

Want to know what veterinarians talk about when they get together? This year it was Read More

Understanding Horses Part 10: Stand Still

Horses often need to be restrained for the veterinarian, farrier, or groom. Foals present particular problems, as do horses that might have been mishandled or who have never been taught to be patient and respect their handlers. Here are a few tips Read More

Understanding Horses Part 9: Sans Twitch


Anderson believes twitched horses are dangerous, and twitches aren't needed to tube, clip, trim/shoe, float, deworm, or medicate a horse.
I have no Read More

Settlement Terms Reached in Dispute Over Alleged Injured Horse

Settlement terms have been reached in the lawsuit between Thoroughbred owners J. Paul Reddam and Kenneth Ramsey over an alleged injured horse, one day after a jury trial was scheduled to begin in a California superior court.

Terms of the Read More

A Look Inside: Veterinary Internists Meet in Seattle

Veterinary internists met June 6-9 in Seattle, Wash., for the 25th Forum of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) to discuss the latest research on the internal workings of horses and other animals.

Summarized below are Read More

Understanding Horses Part 7: Yielding to Pressure

I'm going to start discussing ground manners by talking about a 2-year-old colt from Arkansas who hadn't been handled much. He wasn't mean, he was just uneducated.

I use a rope halter to give me a little more leverage and "bite" if the horse Read More

Reduce Insects Organically With Birds

Recruiting attractive insect-eating birds to a horse facility, barn, or pasture is an easy and organic way to increase insect control. Read More

Veterinary Ethics

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

Understanding Horses Part 6: Trailer Loading, Part 2

Last month we talked about how to aggravate the horse to load into a trailer. Remember, this isn't beating the horse or getting angry. It's like the horsefly being able to make a 1,000-pound horse move. You merely make it more comfortable to be Read More

R. equi Foal Pneumonia: Support for Research Sought

Infectious respiratory diseases constitute one of the major causes of death in the horse industry. In addition to the sorrow caused, they also are major economic threats. One of the most common diseases in foals six months and younger is Read More

British Equine Fertility Unit to Close

The University of Cambridge's Equine Fertility Unit (EFU), which among other projects over the years produced Europe's first test tube foal, will close in September due to lack of funding, said facility head Twink Allen, BVSc, PhD, ScD, DESM, Read More

Performance Evaluation of Western Saddle Pads

The local tack shop has them in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and they are an essential part of every horse's tack--the saddle pad. Lately, interest in the equine industry has lead to an increase in the manufacturing of technologically advanced Read More

Therapeutic Options in Veterinary Research

Veterinarians desire to be the gatekeepers for horse health and welfare, so they need to be educated in therapeutic options to meet expectations of clients. Surveys performed by the AAEP in 1998 and 2002 indicated an increased use of and referral Read More

Dentistry Part 4: Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is one of the most painful conditions that can occur in the horse's mouth. The number one cause of premature tooth loss in adult horses (as in adult people) is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can affect incisors, canine Read More

Understanding Horses Part 4: An Epic Day

People are shocked that I give my horses treats. I tell them there's a big difference in giving your horse treats, and him demanding treats. My horses don't demand treats. I don't show them treats before I catch them. Consider my horse Epic. I give Read More

Colic and Digestive Health

Colic, defined as any abdominal pain, has resulted in the deaths of horses throughout recorded history, stated White. In fact, today it is second only to old age as the number one cause of equine deaths in the United States. White said it is one of Read More

AAEP Convention 2006: Obese Horses

Adipobiology (The Study of Fat in the Body): An Emerging Field Read More

AAEP Convention 2006: Lameness

Oral Joint Supplements: Do They Work?

In 2005, nutraceutical Read More

Horse Management and Care (AAEP 2006)

Various horse management and health care tips offered by equine professionals at the AAEP 2006 Convention. Read More

AAEP Convention 2006: Medicine

Uplifting Applications for UC Davis Large Animal Lift

John Read More

Reproduction Problems

Drug compounding, the ethics of treating cryptorchids, and sexually transmitted diseases were the hot topics discussed by equine practitioners at the Reproduction Forum. Read More

Muscle Disorders (AAEP 2006)

Careful inspection of a horse's muscle mass and symmetry and hands-on palpation educates the examiner about the horse's muscle tone and comfort level. The examiner also evaluates the horse in motion and conducts a full lameness exam. Read More

Skin Disease and Dermatology

Skin ailments were broken down into classifications of pruritic (itching), nodular, or crusting lesions. The variety of problems discussed included common equine skin diseases like sarcoids, insect hypersensitivity, hives, allergies, photosensitivity Read More

AAEP Convention 2006: Additional Topics

Western Performance Horse Forum

The Western performance hors Read More