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Equine Founder And Laminitis

What is it? Laminitis, or equine founder, is a painful and potentially devastating foot condition. Founder is an emergency; call your vet immediately if you suspect founder. What are the symptoms? Early symptoms of equine founder are often subtle. The horse may be slightly stiff, particularly the forelegs. Laminitis causes severe heat in the feet, […]

Equine First Aid

OK. There’s blood. Maybe a lot of blood. But the first rule of equine first aid is “stay calm.” That accomplished, it’s time to treat your horse’s wound. How you proceed will depend on circumstances, but the following equine first aid guidelines will help. Catch and calm your horse to prevent further injury. If possible, […]

Equine Cushings

Equine Cushings: What is it? Equine Cushings syndrome is caused by a small, benign tumor on the pituitary gland. This gland, located inside the brain, governs the entire endocrine system so a number of conditions are associated with this disease. The pituitary gland is responsible for the production and regulation of hormones. While the tumor […]

EPM Or Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis

What is it? Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis or EPM is a neurological disease that affects a horse spinal cord and nervous system. What are the symptoms? The disease often tends to affect one side or part of the horse more than another. Signs include changes in the horse’s gait or movement. Later symptoms include lameness, weakness, […]

Cool Horses On A Hot Ride

It’s important to cool horses on a hot trail rides. Your horse has a great ability to cool himself, but even the fittest horse can dehydrate and suffer a heat-related illness if you’re not alert to the signs. Before The Ride 1. Be sure your horse is fit. A well conditioned horse is less likely […]

Tractor Safety Tips

Learn the basics of tractor safety so you can spend your free time on your horse, not in the emergency room. Buying a tractor to help with your horse barn chores is a good idea. Using it unsafely is a bad idea. A very, very bad idea. Like a car, a tractor is a large, […]

Reduce Feed Costs

It’s possible to reduce feed costs and still meet your horse’s nutritional requirements. Learn a few equine feed management practices and your horse will be well fed and healthy…and you’ll have a few bucks left in your pocket. Good quality forage should be the basis of your feeding program. Your horse evolved as a grazing […]

Proper Horse Blanket Fit

Horse blanket fit is a little like buying jeans. Buy from one manufacturer and you’re a size 8. Walk across the mall, try on a different maker and you’re a 12. Frustrating! Just like fashion designers, horse blanket manufacturers have their own patterns, cuts and fits. And just like their owners, horses can gain and […]

How To Take A Horse Temperature Safely

Learn how to take a horse temperature. If you establish a normal average for your horse, you’ll be better prepared for an emergency. Monitor her temperature for a week to get a good average. What you’ll need: A glass veterinary thermometer with a long string and clip tied to the end. For this procedure, the […]

How To Take A Horse Heart Rate

Check horse heart rate to evaluate your horse’s physical condition. An increase in heart rate can be associated with pain, dehydration, fever and other problems. A normal resting heart rate for an adult horse is about 30 to 40 heartbeats per minute. A heart rate of 50 or higher in an adult horse at rest […]