Nancy S. Loving, DVM

Nancy S. Loving, DVM, owns Loving Equine Clinic in Boulder, Colorado, and has a special interest in managing the care of sport horses. Her recent book, All Horse Systems Go, is a comprehensive veterinary care and conditioning resource in full color that covers all facets of horse care (available at Shop.TheHorse.com or by calling 800/582-5604). She has also authored the books Go the Distance as a resource for endurance horse owners, Conformation and Performance, and First Aid for Horse and Rider in addition to many veterinary articles for both horse owner and professional audiences.

Articles by Nancy Loving

Thrush Diagnosis and Treatment

Most cases of thrush occur in inactive horses that live in stalls. Unfortunately, this describes a huge percentage of horses in the United States, since over the past few decades horses have become 'apartment dwellers.' Read More

Feeding to Lessen Inflammation

At the Purina Equine Veterinary Conference, held Oct. 17-19 in St. Louis, Mo., Karen Davison, PhD, manager of Equine Technical Services for the Horse Business Group of Purina Mills discussed managing inflammation and oxidative stress in horses Read More

Update on Ulcers

For more than a decade equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) and colonic ulcers have been linked to performance and health problems in horses. Today research continues to improve our understanding of ulcers, and the results are Read More

Who's Your Vet

Horse owners have noticed a shift in who their medical caregivers are, and that trend will continue in the coming decade

For anyone with a horse, it might come as no surprise that in recent years you’ve been seeing a Read More

HIVES

Horse owners often refer to these bumps as feed bumps, protein bumps, or heat bumps, since these terms describe some causes of hives. Usually, an allergic reaction remains localized to the skin, but if clinical signs persist or are not arrested early Read More

Trailering and Staying Legal on the Road

You have attended to all the recommended maintenance and servicing of both truck and trailer to ensure safety and reliability, but what about the legal aspects of hauling a horse? What must you do to comply with regulations and laws? Read More

Hives: Identifying the Source

For the one-time occurrence of hives, you might never discover the incriminating source. However, if hives recur, you might be motivated to track the allergen. Start by mentally reconstructing any changes in diet, environment, medications, Read More

Electrolyte Basics

Principles that will help you know when and how to supplement horses with electrolytes.

One topic that horse owners repeatedly wonder about is that of electrolytes and specifically how and when they should be used. In Read More

Feeding Minis

Minis require special diets for sustaining health.

Horses of any size have a fabulous appeal for animal lovers, and none more so than the Miniature breeds, fondly referred to as "Minis." Because of their cuteness, it is Read More

Managing Acute and Chronic Laminitis

Belknap (who co-hosted TheHorse.com's Webinar on Understanding Laminitis) said the latest research points to laminitis as an intense inflammatory injury of the foot, and it is no longer believed to be solely a blood flow problem. Read More

Equine Corneal Ulcers Discussed In-Depth at AAEP Convention

At the 2007 AAEP convention's In-Depth Ophthalmology session, Caryn Plummer, DVM, Dipl. ACVO, assistant professor at of the University of Florida veterinary school, described the outer corneal layer (epithelium) as the windshield of the eye, and Read More

Cataracts in Horses

Cataracts have been found to be heritable in Belgians, Morgans, Thoroughbreds, Rocky Mountain Horses, and Quarter Horses. In other instances, cataracts can develop secondary to trauma or due to chronic inflammation from uveitis (moon blindness). Read More

Gastrointestinal Disease, Colic, and Carbohydrate Nutrition

How is feeding carbohydrates related to gastrointestinal (GI) disease? The propensity to feed high-grain and high-concentrate diets instead of relying on high-fiber diets has increased the incidence of colic. Read More

Feeding Senior Horses

A horse that is kept healthy and disease-free in its younger years has the potential to live well into its 20s and 30s, stated David Pugh, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, ACVN, of Fort Dodge Animal Health in his presentation on feeding the geriatric horse a Read More

Uveitis: Medical and Surgical Treatment

Equine recurrent uveitis (ERU) is like an autoimmune response, tending to be a dynamic process with shifts in immune reactivity that cause a waxing and waning of uveitis episodes. Read More

Nutritional Support for Sick Neonatal Foals

Many factors need to be considered--a foal's energy requirements, his ability to digest and metabolize nutrients, the changing quality of the mare's milk, and the ability to monitor the sick foal. Read More

Feeding Horses During Colic Recovery

What's the best way to feed a horse when his GI tract isn't yet quite right after colic or colic surgery? Read More

Feeding Horses with Endocrine Disorders

Nicholas Frank, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor of large animal clinical sciences at the University of Tennessee, spoke about equine endocrine disorders that are the most manageable by dietary control. There are two main endocrine Read More

EPM Diagnosis

Could EPM be causing your horse's performance to be just a little off? Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) continues to be an elusive disease to prevent, diagnose, and treat in horses. In this special collection of three articles Read More

EPM Treatment

To understand the best approach to treating equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), it is helpful to have a brief look at how the protozoa (single-celled parasites) that cause EPM--Sarcocystis neurona--enter the central nervous system. Read More

EPM Prevention

How can you keep your horses safe from EPM?

The best way to keep your horses healthy is prevent them from getting sick. Sounds absurdly simple, right? In theory, this works. But in the real world of trying to protect horse Read More

Examining the Equine Eye

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

Annual Wellness Exam

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

Hernias Explained

Bulges in the body wall could mean internal organs are out of place.

A hernia is any rent or tear in the body wall that allows internal organs to push through into undesirable places. Any age or breed of horse can Read More

Boots and Bandages: To Support and Protect

Boots and bandages help protect horses' legs and provide support but aren't substitutes for good conditioning. Read More