Recent News for Seasonal Care

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Hot Weather Horse Care Review

June 26, 2009

A gathering of different summer horse health articles to help you battle the heat.... Read More

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'Soapy' Protein in Horse Sweat Evolved to Dissipate Heat

June 11, 2009

Latherin, a soaplike protein in horse sweat and saliva, helps spread sweat over the coat, maximizing evaporation of water for heat loss, and causing the foam that we see when horses sweat profusely. Latherin is also found in saliva, which might... Read More

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Keeping Horses Cool

June 01, 2009

Heat and humidity are major concerns for the horse since heat-related illness can be dangerous--even fatal. ... Read More

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Emergency Care at Endurance Events

March 14, 2009

Endurance rides are often held in wilderness areas without good road access, posing a challenge when trying to reach a horse in distress. A Treatment Veterinarian should be equipped with sufficient horsepower (vehicle, ATV, or horse) to reach a horse... Read More

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Anhidrosis: Altered Thyroid Function a Potential Contributor

February 28, 2009

Despite the fact that 20% of racehorses in the southern United States are affected by anhidrosis--the inability or decreased ability to sweat--the underlying causes of this medical condition remain unknown.

Sweating is the primary mean... Read More

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AAEP 2008: Olympic Veterinary Care

February 10, 2009

What's it like to be an equine veterinarian behind the scenes at the Olympic Games? Horse owners got to hear about the experience at the Healthy Horses Workshop of the 2008 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention (held Dec. 6-10... Read More

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Elmer Bandit's Winter Workouts Move Inside

January 30, 2009

Winter weather has driven 37-year-old competitive trail horse Elmer Bandit and his owner and rider Mary Anna Wood inside for dressage lessons.... Read More

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Managing Horses in Icy Conditions

January 28, 2009

Ice is an unavoidable part of winter in many parts of the world, but there are ways to minimize slipping incidents around the barn.

Heather Sherratt knows something about keeping horses in icy conditions. Her farm, Elphin Mountain... Read More

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Horse Health Tips for Extreme Cold Weather

January 14, 2009

This winter has been unusually cold in some areas, with temperatures well below freezing for many days in a row. This extreme cold weather can be particularly dangerous to animals that live outdoors. The Michigan State University Veterinary... Read More

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Keeping Horses Warm

January 04, 2009

Winter is in full force, and horse owners need to make sure their animals stay warm, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service equine specialist Carrie Hammer, DVM, PhD.

Horse owners have several ways to do that. One of... Read More

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Winter Whoas

January 01, 2009

The two Miniature Horses and the Miniature Donkey came trotting through the early morning gloom from the frozen field into the spotlight of the barn for their morning hay. As they got closer, I noticed they were moving ... funny. Not the ha-ha... Read More

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Winter Ailments and Injuries

January 01, 2009

Neglecting to implement winter precautions can result in headaches for the owner and hardship for the horses.... Read More

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12 Months of Feeding Tips

January 01, 2009

Here's how to roll with Mother Nature through the seasons, nutritionally speaking.... Read More

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Older Horses: Respecting Our Elders

January 01, 2009

If your horse is already a senior, there's no reason to turn him out to pasture. Here's a seasonal look at some factors to consider for the care of your equine elder.... Read More

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The Year-Round Hoof

January 01, 2009

From practicing daily hands-on care to taking baseline photos for later comparison, here are tips for keeping your horse’s feet healthy.

How much attention do you give your horse's feet? Many times it's just the old... Read More

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Heavy Snow Causes Problems for Horse Owners

December 30, 2008

After experiencing her area's worst snowstorm since 1968, Beth Sandland of Sandy, Ore., was unable to visit her boarded horses for three weeks.

However, other horse owners have had to deal with a more serious side effect of winter weather:... Read More

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Winter Workouts

December 01, 2008

Consider how current weather conditions will affect your horse and adapt your workouts accordingly.... Read More

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Feeding Horses When Temperatures Drop

November 30, 2008

Winter presents a challenge to horse owners when it comes to feeding their horses. Low temperatures, harsh winds and rain, snow, and ice all contribute to the increasing nutrient requirements a horse has to keep themselves warm and maintain their ... Read More

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Tips for Winter Travel with Horses

November 19, 2008

"While trailering horses in the winter is not all that different from trailering any time of the year, you do need to make a few adjustments for hauling in cold weather," said Neva Kittrell Scheve, co-author of The Complete Guide to Buying, Maintaini... Read More

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To Blanket or Not to Blanket?

November 18, 2008

The short answer might very well be "to blanket." However, for many horses blanketed during cooler months, that extra layer provides more comfort to their caregivers than to the animals themselves. Horses have evolved to have an... Read More

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Fall and Winter Management of Alfalfa

November 18, 2008

In Iowa, rain in May and early June this year put most alfalfa producers behind two to three weeks for their first, and correspondingly their second, third, and sometimes fourth cuttings. Now in mid-November, producers can look back on the... Read More

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Winter Barn Ventilation

November 01, 2008

How do you know if your barn is well-ventilated, and what can you do to fix it?

What could possibly be more interesting than barn ventilation? It ranks right up there with oil changes and trimming those low-hanging tree... Read More

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Elmer Bandit Under Wraps as Cold Weather and Record Ride Approach

October 23, 2008

Elmer Bandit, the 37-year-old Half-Arabian on the verge of setting a new record for lifetime competitive mileage, in bundled up in preparation for this weekend's competitive trail event near Lindsborg, Kan. If Elmer completes the 60-mile ride,... Read More

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See the Light: Advancing the Breeding Season for Early Foals

October 12, 2008

Horse breeders face a dilemma every year as the breeding season nears. Should they breed for early foals or breed their mares to foal out in the spring and summer? The fact that all foals in the northern hemisphere share the same... Read More

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Equine Anhidrosis: Researcher's 'Sweat Equity' Led to New Test

September 28, 2008

Florida researcher Robert MacKay, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Florida, has developed a new means of assessing and quantifying quantifying clinical signs of horses tha... Read More