Les Sellnow is a free-lance writer based near Riverton, Wyo. He specializes in articles on equine research, and operates a ranch where he raises horses and livestock. He has authored several fiction and non-fiction books, including Understanding Equine Lameness and Understanding The Young Horse, published by Eclipse Press and available at www.exclusivelyequine.com or by calling 800/582-5604.
Articles by Les Sellnow
August 01, 2008
We often tend to view the equine industry as a separate entity--one that stands Read More
July 30, 2008
In order to establish a good relationship with a horse, one has to spend hands-on time with them. We do this with pet dogs, he said, but often we don't bother spending time with our horses until we want to use them. They should be touched, groomed Read More
June 20, 2008
During the annual convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, one day is set aside for horse owners in the area to listen to experts in the field lecture and demonstrate on specific aspects involved in the overall wellness, Read More
June 01, 2008
Every morning on the way to work, you drive by a small pasture that contains seven Read More
May 25, 2008
Traditionally, one of the stronger parts of each AAEP convention program is the time devoted to reproduction. The convention held in Orlando was no exception. It began with an in-depth session titled "Perinatology--End of Pregnancy Through Read More
May 12, 2008
Acupuncture can be effective in treating chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders such as lameness, Heiderich told her listeners. She said it also can be beneficial for eye problems, mild colic, respiratory disorders, anhidrosis (the inability Read More
April 27, 2008
Varner directed the final two hours to a discussion of stallion fertility and told the group, for example, that morphologically abnormal sperm often do not have a negative impact on normal sperm. Read More
April 01, 2008
What do veterinarians involved with reproduction have in common with the fictitious Sherlock Holmes? Both play the role of detective in solving mysteries. With Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary character, the mystery generally involved identifying the p Read More
March 01, 2008
Instead of burning the flesh, freeze branding uses intense cold to kill pigment-producing cells. Read More
February 01, 2008
Familiarity with the foaling process and your mare is crucial to predicting birth, but you also can employ sensors, alarms, and video monitoring systems.
The act of foaling by a mare i Read More
December 01, 2007
Science and good management are keys to keeping stallions at top breeding performance.
Another equine breeding season is only a short time away, with many breeding sheds Read More
November 26, 2007
There is something magical about foaling time that involves more than just observing the start of a new life--special though that might be. In addition, it often is the fruition of months, even years, of planning and anticipation on the part of Read More
November 01, 2007
Good synovial health is essential for proper joint function.
A horse's joints are subjected to stresses, pressures, and cyclic trauma every day of the animal's life. The greatest stres Read More
November 01, 2007
With breed registries admitting more than one foal per mare per year, the use of frozen embryos is becoming more mainstream.
The freezing of equine embryos is getting increased Read More
October 01, 2007
The aging process brings with it some inevitable changes in horses. As is often the case with humans, the horse's joints begin to "stiffen" as he gets older. Eventually, many horses are unable to meet the same performance standards that they did when Read More
September 01, 2007
The changing dynamics of the horse industry in the United States can be likened to the ocean tides. At high tide there were somewhere between 25 and 27 million equines in this country. At low tide, that number dipped to under four million. Today, Read More
September 01, 2007
Tips on what you might need to equip your stallion breeding station, from microscopes to AVs
August 01, 2007
Bots are pesky creatures, capable of causing irritation and physical damage to horses. They aren't categorized as being the worst of internal parasites, but they can cause problems externally and internally.
The external aspect is Read More
July 01, 2007
More horse owners have become aware that good dental care is a key component in keeping a horse healthy. Read More
May 28, 2007
Scientific research has scored another significant victory in the equine world. Two DNA tests are now available to detect carrier status for hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA), also known as hyperelastosis cutis (HC).
Today Read More
May 01, 2007
There was a time when diagnosing lameness was basic-watch the horse travel, determine where you think the problem might be, and take a guess at what's causing it. Then came X rays, ultrasound, CT (computed tomography) scans, scintigraphy (bone Read More
April 01, 2007
There has been a long journey over a relatively short span of time in the world of equine gait analysis. The first studies utilized high-speed cameras and a treadmill and took place at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences some 35 years Read More
March 01, 2007
A group of veterinarians gathered at the Land O' Lakes Purina Mills headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., last fall to participate in discussions on subjects that ranged from Cushing's disease to proper nutrition for horses young and old. Nicholas Frank, Read More
February 01, 2007
Endometritis has been the bane of many broodmares and their owners through the years. It frequently has been blamed for mares not becoming pregnant and, when they do conceive, for early embryonic death. The result has been serious economic losses Read More
January 01, 2007
Low-carb has found its way into equine diets, with owners demanding feed products with low carb levels. Read More