Marcia King

Marcia King is an award-winning freelance writer based in Ohio who specializes in equine, canine, and feline veterinary topics. She's schooled in hunt seat, dressage, and Western pleasure.

Articles by Marcia King

Desensitizing Your Horse to Fly Spray

A HORSE'S LAMENT: How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways. 'Tis the rankest compound of villainous smell that ever offended nostril. Yonder vessel full of foul sound and fury. Cruel icy tears assailing my body. --Equus Read More

What's New in Horse Trailers

Safety and strength are the focus of trailer companies' improvements today.

You're ready to make some changes concerning your showing or horse-traveling activities--perhaps you're scaling down a bit, trailering less horse Read More

Winding Down

Giving your horse a break from training can result in a healthier, happier horse--if you do it correctly. Read More

Bitless: A New Breed of Bridle

What is the difference between The Bitless Bridle and other cross-under bitless bridles (CBBs) versus the traditional type of bit-free bridles such as the hackamore? Even more importantly, what are the advantages and disadvantages of the CBBs versus Read More

All Stocked Up

It happened again: Your horse was fine for the entire weekend of riding, but when you got him ready for another weekend packed with activities, you discovered his hind limbs were swollen. You know it's not overuse; the boarding barn provides Read More

Trailer Tire Anatomy

Some people claim that a tire is a tire is a tire: It's round and black and holds air. But that's not really the whole story. Tires are manufactured for different purposes and load-bearing capacities. They come in different sizes and vary in Read More

Early Arrivals

Premature deliveries don't occur frequently, but when they do, difficult decisions must often be made. Read More

Stallion Subfertility and Infertility Conditions

Is your stud a dud? About one in 10 breeding stallions can't perform up to expectations due to subfertility or infertility. Causes for reduced breeding performance are many: Age, injury, genetics, management, or disease. Two are readily Read More

Bad to the Bone

While bone infections don't automatically end with euthanasia, they can be difficult to treat. Read More

The Straight Dope

Is post-event drug testing becoming too sensitive, netting too many innocent violators? Are drug withdrawal guidelines for therapeutic medications too unreliable to be useful? Or are policies and tests being fine-tuned in a sensible manner in order Read More

The Latest on the Omegas (Fats)

Glance through nearly any newspaper or magazine, and you're bound to see ads proclaiming the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in the human diet. Interest in the topic is keen: Studies in humans and other species have found omega-3 fatty acids Read More

Stem Cell Therapy

"After harvesting and concentrating the stem cells in a laboratory, the stem cells and bone marrow are transferred into the damaged ligament or tendon," Herthel says. "They reproduce into normal, healthy tissue, thus improving healing and providing Read More

Acupuncture: A Stick in Time

Today, acupuncture is a widely used modality in equine sports medicine. Whether used as a stand-alone therapy or in conjunction with other treatment options, acupuncture is gaining in popularity as an integral part of the total health care approach Read More

Toning Up Rings

If your indoor or outdoor arena is less than you hoped it would be, join the club. Read More

Nine Steps to a Better Feed Room

The best, most convenient feed rooms are organized, accessible, and easy to keep clean. That's important enough if you only have one or two horses, but once the numbers start increasing, these elements become imperative. Here are nine Read More

Whole Lotta Shakin Going On

Your horse is doing it again: Inexplicably tossing his head and sometimes charging off. Your trainer has tried everything--fly spray, changing tack, new bits, negative reinforcement--and while your horse goes through periods where he never flips Read More

Cushing's Disease in Horses

It's spring, yet your aging equine has failed to shed his long, shaggy, winter coat. Furthermore, he's developed a saggy belly coupled with loss of muscle over his croup and rump. He's gulping down far more water than he used to, and his stall i Read More

New Treatment for Tracheal Collapse

Two years later, Magnificent, a miniature horse, continues to do well with his intratracheal stent--the first ever implanted in a horse.

Magnificent suffered from tracheal collapse, an uncommon--and probably underreported--condition in Read More

Dealing with Dummy Foals

At first, everything seems fine: Your foal was born without incident and started nursing as he should. But two days later, the baby quit suckling and began acting strangely--wandering around and pressing his head against the stall wall. Your Read More

EPM Check-Up

Although progress has been made studying equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) in the last 10 years, some aspects of the disease remain elusive. One researcher, half-jokingly, notes that EPM is considered the most diagnosed neurologic disorde Read More

The Scoop On Feed

Sweet feeds, pelleted feeds, textured feeds, concentrate mixes, processed mixes ... many novice (and seasoned) horse owners are confused over what these feeds are, the purposes they serve, and which horses benefit from them. Read on to learn how you Read More

Bute: How Much is Too Much?

Phenylbutazone (PBZ), commonly known as Bute, can be the horse owner's (and horse's) best friend. This popular and economical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) blocks pain, reduces swelling and inflammation, and lowers fever, making it an Read More

Equine Winter Nutrition

Come the days of long shadows, when the sun lies low in the sky, jeweled leaves crumble and fade away, and the wind's crispness hints of the cold, gray days on the way. The pasture dies down. It's time to start getting extra fuel into your Read More

Vaccination Schedules for Adult Horses

As desirable as it would be to have a national (or even regional) one-size-fits-all protocol for vaccinating adult horses, vaccination recommendations are best tailored to individual circumstances. These primarily include the areas of the countr Read More

Dental Plan for the Working Horse

Routine equine dental care is important for three reasons, says David O. Klugh, DVM, Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, owner of Equine Dental Associates in Yamhill, Ore.:

  • Making sure deciduous teeth come out and adul Read More