Recent News for Horse Care

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Basic Horse Temperament and Behavior (Book Excerpt)

April 06, 2010

Those who have worked with different breeds of horses almost always have their opinion as to basic temperament and behavioral characteristics of certain breeds. Few would not agree that in general the warmblooded breeds, such as Thoroughbreds a... Read More

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Riding Discipline Choice Related to Income, Survey Shows

April 06, 2010

Income plays a significant role in how owners use their horses, according to a recent survey.

The findings are part of the American Horse Publications nationwide online survey, conducted from Oct. 15, 2009, to Jan. 31, 2010, which re... Read More

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Horses with Pica Lack Trace Elements, Researchers Report

April 05, 2010

A recent study found that horses with pica--a propensity for consuming non-food items--have lower iron and copper blood levels than horses who restricted themselves to food items, only. According to researchers from Turkey, "prophylactic u... Read More

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Few Horse Owners Involve Vet in Parasite Control

April 05, 2010

Vaccination and deworming are an integral part of horse health care routines, according to respondents of a recent survey, but only a fraction of owners consult their veterinarians when it comes to parasite control.

The findings are ... Read More

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Donated Snaffle Bits Delivered to India

April 05, 2010

Friends of Marwari/Kathiawari Horse UK announced the first successful delivery of over 80 snaffle bits to India. The bits had been donated by horse lovers from all over the United Kingdom specifically for the welfare of Indigenous Indian horses... Read More

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Drug Testing: New Test Recognizes Sample Contamination

April 04, 2010

Equine forensic scientists from Pennsylvania have developed a novel assay for equine blood and urine samples to identify racehorses and ensure that the samples destined for drug testing were handled appropriately.

Blood and urine sam... Read More

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Establishing a Horse Business (Book Excerpt)

April 04, 2010

Owning horses can be a serious business for some people or a pleasant hobby for others. There is no legal requirement that a horse operation must be classified as a "business," but if you plan to operate a commercial boarding stable, ... Read More

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Fatty Acid Triheptanoin Comes Up Short for Horses with PSSM

April 03, 2010

Triheptanoin does not appear to be a good fat supplement for polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) horses.... Read More

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Morphine Controls Pain Within Joints, Researchers Report

April 02, 2010

Morphine is a useful part of pain management protocols for horses that have undergone arthroscopic surgery.... Read More

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Age a Predictor in Horse Ownership

April 02, 2010

A horse owner's age is a major predictor in how involved they will be in the horse industry, according to a new survey.

The findings are part of the American Horse Publications online nationwide survey, conducted from Oct. 15, 20... Read More

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Equine Vision: Impact on Trail Behavior (Book Excerpt)

April 02, 2010

Once you learn how the equine eye functions, you'll better understand your horse's actions. And you'll have insight managing your trail horse when it becomes skittish for no apparent reason.... Read More

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Foot Casts Aid Treatment of Distal Limb Injuries

April 02, 2010

Phalangeal casts can aid healing of wounds in the foot and pastern region and help a horse return to function, researchers recently reported.

Although phalangeal casts (which cover the hoof and pastern but not the fetlock) are often ... Read More

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Consequences of Stall Confinement

April 01, 2010

When stalling your horse, consider the long-term effects this might have on general health and emotional state.... Read More

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Allergy, Parasite Link Investigated

April 01, 2010

Horses with allergic diseases, like recurrent airway obstruction, might have fewer parasites.... Read More

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Horse Health Resources Vary by Age, Survey Shows

April 01, 2010

The way horse owners obtain equine health information has a lot do with their age, according to a recent survey.

The findings are part of the American Horse Publications online nationwide survey, conducted from Oct. 15, 2009, to Jan.... Read More

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Equine Spring Transition Tips

April 01, 2010

Dr. Kristina Hiney, PhD, Omega Fields Equine Nutrition Advisor, has prepared a series of seasonal tips to help horse owners transitioning their horses from one season to another.... Read More

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Osteoarthritis: Not Just an Old Horse Disease

April 01, 2010

Studies show 60% of all equine lamenesses are related to osteoarthritis, and while it is incurable, there are treatments available and research is ongoing. More than 60% of equine lameness is attributable to OA.... Read More

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Handling of Vaccines for Horses

April 01, 2010

It's spring: the time of year when we are in the throes of boostering horse immunizations, with the intent to maximize immunity before mosquito season and competition campaigns get into full swing. Many equine vaccines are credited with inferring... Read More

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Joint Injury and Arthritis in Horses: Searching for Solutions

April 01, 2010

Researchers have developed diagnostic, preventive, and treatment options for equine musculoskeletal problems.... Read More

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Tongue Lolling

April 01, 2010

My Friesian filly will sometimes try to bite at her chest and stick her tongue out when I saddle her.... Read More

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Hit the Road (Trailer Maintenance)

April 01, 2010

Teaching a horse to load like a champ is an oft-covered topic, but have you considered whether you're starting with an enclosure that's safe and pleasant for both horse and human? By maintaining your trailer properly... Read More

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Pasture Sugars

April 01, 2010

Grass is grass, right? Wrong! That lovely green pasture you've diligently watered and kept weed-free can be like Jekyll and Hyde. If your horse is at risk for grass founder or has a low tolerance for high levels of sugar... Read More

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Fracture Types and Treatments

April 01, 2010

Of all the emergencies requiring veterinary intervention, a fracture requires some of the most intensive medical attention--from first aid, to repair, and, finally, to rehabilitation and recovery. ... Read More

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Controversial Ad Targets Oklahoma Equine Dentist Bill

March 31, 2010

A group of veterinarians in Oklahoma are hoping a controversial advertisement will convince state legislators to kill a bill that would allow horse owners and their employees to buy and administer veterinary prescription sedatives used in teeth... Read More

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Horse Stretching Benefits, Approaches Detailed

March 31, 2010

Horses are athletes, too, and according to research, they need that stretching as much as humans do.... Read More