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Subtle or Hard to Diagnose Equine Lameness: What Horse Owners Should Know

Your performance horse (of any discipline) is not performing up to the level he has before.  Maybe he won’t take a lead, or won’t engage his hindquarters in quite the Read More

Sand Accumulation in the Colon: A Common Cause of Equine Colic

Most horses live long and healthy lives with small amounts of sand and dirt in their intestine. As they eat, horses naturally pick up small amounts of soil, which usually Read More

Preventing or Addressing Weight Loss in Horses

Clients often bring horses to our veterinary practice with a complaint of weight loss.  In my approach, I start by determining whether the horse is really underweight.  Whenever I think Read More

Preventing or Addressing Weight Loss in Horses

Clients often bring horses to our veterinary practice with a complaint of weight loss.  In my approach, I start by determining whether the horse is really underweight.  Whenever I think Read More

Post-Breeding Endometritis: A Common Cause of Reproductive Failure in Mares

Young mares and mares with healthy reproductive tracts usually conceive easily and carry a foal to term without difficulty.  Attempts to get some older mares and mares with reproductive problems Read More

Parasite Management In Horses: A New Paradigm

Internal parasites can cause serious disease in horses without leading to external signs obvious to horse owners.  Parasite eggs and worms are tiny or microscopic and rarely visible in manure. Read More

Lameness & The Lameness Exam: What Horse Owners Should Know (Updated October 2014)

WHAT IS LAMENESS? Lameness is a term used to describe a horse’s change in gait, usually in response to pain somewhere in a limb, but sometimes as a result of a Read More

How to Perform Equine Veterinary Treatments Without Drama

Horse owners need not have extensive veterinary knowledge or skills, however it is important for them to be able to perform basic treatments to their horse without drama.  While some Read More

Horsemanship Tip – “Feel”

This is actually not a veterinary tip. It is a horsemanship tip. Nevertheless, it may be the single most important thing I have to say about horsemanship. Ask Yourself: Do You Read More

Horse Owner Self-Help: Knowing When to Call a Veterinarian

Too often I have dealt with cases in which a horse owner or caretaker treated a horse incorrectly for a long period of time.  By the time I was asked Read More

Horse Management During Drought Conditions

Several regions throughout our County are currently experiencing drought conditions. These dry spells pose some unique healthcare and management challenges for horses.   Whether it is stress from heat and Read More

Horse Breeding: Balancing Breed & Specific Goals with an Emphasis on Soundness

Recent tragic events, like the breakdown of the race horses Eight Belles and Barbaro in highly publicized races, have raised many questions regarding the causes of these tragedies. Many factors, Read More

Handling Equine Emergencies: What Horse Owners Should Know

I define an “equine emergency” as any problem with your horse where a delay of appropriate treatment might endanger their future quality of life or their soundness.  Horses have a Read More

Equine Wounds: What Horse Owners Should Know

Wounds are one of the most common equine emergencies.  Horses are especially prone to wounding themselves because of their size and speed.  Their often violent flight response means that collisions Read More

Equine Skin Conditions: Part 2

This article discusses skin-related problems that primarily affect horses during the summertime.  Equine skin problems arise more frequently during the summer months for several reasons.  First, horses tend to be Read More

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