Recent News for Seasonal Care

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Warm Winter, Continued Drought Forecast

October 10, 2007

The government's winter forecast includes some bad news--continued dry conditions in an arc sweeping from the Southeast across the Gulf States and into the Southwest.

Much of that region is already struggling with drought and "right now the... Read More

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Preparing for Winter Trailer Storage

August 18, 2007

While it might be hard to imagine that winter weather is only a few months away, now is the time to perform preventative maintenance on your horse trailer so that your rig is road-safe and ready come spring.

"Your trailer has safely... Read More

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Coping With the Heat

August 01, 2007

During hot weather, heat dissipation is primarily dependent on evaporation of sweat on the skin surface. Horses are capable of producing large quantities of sweat--sweating rates of 10-15 liters/hour1,2 have been reported during exercise... Read More

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Sweat Glands of Anhidrotic Horses -- Short Circuit Found

June 27, 2007

Results of a study performed by scientists at Glasgow Caledonian University and Michigan State University have revealed that the sweat glands of anhidrotic horses secrete chloride ions differently than normal horses--these chloride ions underpin the ... Read More

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Seabiscuit Statue Returned Home After 55 Years

June 27, 2007

Descendants of the owner, trainer, and jockey of Seabiscuit paid tribute to the legendary American racehorse June 23 as a life-sized bronze sculpture of the horse was unveiled and formally dedicated at Ridgewood Ranch in Willits, Calif.... Read More

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Heat Stress: Prevention, Recognition are Key

June 16, 2007

Now that summer weather is here, it's important to make sure you aren't asking too much of your equine partner. The conditioning program you implement for your horse is a big factor in preventing dehydration and heat exhaustion.

Clinical signs... Read More

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Leptospirosis: Mild Winters Could Mean More Cases

June 03, 2007

Several years of mild winters in the Midwest might bring veterinarians and physicians more than the usual number of cases of leptospirosis, or "lepto," a bacterial disease that can affect cattle, swine, horses, wildlife, dogs, and humans.... Read More

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Below-Zero Temps Hit Plains, Northeast

February 05, 2007

A bone-chilling Arctic cold wave with temperatures as low as 38 below zero shut down schools for thousands of youngsters Monday, halted some Amtrak service and put car batteries on the disabled list from the northern Plains across the Great... Read More

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Wellington: Winter Horses Returning

January 22, 2007

Things are getting back to normal in Wellington, Fla., in the aftermath of a deadly horse virus.

Thirteen horses across the state contracted the contagious, airborne, equine herpesvirus in December. Six of them died. Barns across... Read More

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Baby, It's Cold Outside; Tips to Keep Horses Healthy in Falling Temperatures

January 12, 2007

Something about cherry blossoms blooming in January had many of us looking over our shoulders and wondering when winter would arrive. Although much of the country has been experiencing a mild winter, some parts are snow-bound, and a nationwide... Read More

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BLM Begins Winter Wild Horse Gather

January 07, 2007

A roundup is under way to reduce two overpopulated herds of wild horses in eastern Sweetwater County, Wyo.

The roundup started Friday and is expected to take four to five weeks. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to capture 1,760 horses... Read More

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Vet Check Protocol for Winter Equestrian Festival Issued

January 03, 2007

Stadium Jumping Inc. announced yesterday (Jan. 2) the protocols that are now in place for horses arriving at the WEF Showgrounds at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington.

All information is also posted on the Stadium... Read More

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Mosquito-borne Illness Threat Persists in Winter Temperatures

November 19, 2006

Although cooler temperatures have arrived in Florida, horses in the Sunshine State are still at risk for contracting potentially fatal mosquito-borne diseases, such as West Nile virus, University of Florida veterinarians and state officials warn... Read More

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Preparing Your Horse for Winter

November 17, 2006

Here are tips in four different areas of horse management to help your horse not only survive, but thrive during cold weather so you have a healthy and willing partner when warmer temperatures return.

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Forage, or hay,... Read More

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Chill Out on Hoof Care Concerns

November 01, 2006

Whether winter means a well-deserved break for your horse or the start of the "snowbird circuit," your horse's hooves might need some special "seasonal" attention. Exactly what adjustments you'll want to make depends on the type of winter weather... Read More

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Feeding Horses in Winter (Book Excerpt)

October 04, 2006

A horse's nutrient requirements increase with cold weather; he needs more calories to generate heat to keep warm. Mature horses in good condition usually don't need grain, however, if they have good winter pasture or grass hay.... Read More

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Stay Cool: Helping Horses Adjust in Extreme Heat

August 04, 2006

The heat wave that swept across the U.S. this week broke temperature records and strained power grids as people cranked up the air conditioning in an attempt to keep cool. Horses also suffered in the extreme temperatures, prompting a shut-down a... Read More

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Heat Stress Prevention

April 13, 2006

Editor's Note: Dr. Godman, DVM, MS, graduated from Auburn's vet school 1993 and received his Masters at University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center. He currently works for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

Nice... Read More

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Failure to Sweat

April 01, 2006

A horse in motion is a striking image: Vigorous, powerful, animated. In your mind's eye you can imagine his ears pricked forward, nostrils flared, limbs strumming the ground, streaks of sweat punctuating his rippling muscles. To create... Read More

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Winter and Cold Weather Care (Book Excerpt)

January 25, 2006

During winter the horse needs additional forage to create more body heat, clean unfrozen water, and some kind of shelter or windbreak. In some climates he may need blanketing if his winter hair coat is inadequate. Cold weather is not a problem if... Read More

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Equine Winter Nutrition

December 01, 2005

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

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Ward Off Winter

November 01, 2005

If you live where you have changing seasons, winter is a challenge. While you might be partial to winter weather and the recreational pleasures it provides, you probably also appreciate the many problems it creates for you at the... Read More

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New Turfway Surface Well Received, But Test Comes This Winter

October 17, 2005

The Polytrack experiment at Turfway Park was deemed a success--especially for safety reasons--at the conclusion of the 22-day summer/fall meet, though the Northern Kentucky racetrack expects to get a more accurate picture of the synthetic surfac... Read More

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Blanketing Q&A

October 01, 2005

Crisp fall air signals a perennial dilemma for many horse owners: To blanket or not to blanket? ... Read More

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Waterers That Work in Winter

January 01, 2005

Fresh water is important to horses all year, especially in winter. Some waterers are designed to remain functional in cold weather--with an insulated tank or bowl, a heater, or a combination of a heating unit and insulation. Following are some o... Read More