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What you need to know about the herpes virus in horses

A recent case in Saskatchewan has prompted warnings, but many horses carry the virus without becoming ill

A diagnosis of Neurotropic equine herpesvirus (nEHV-1) in a horse displaying neurological symptoms has recently been confirmed in Saskatchewan. Prior to diagnosis this horse had travelled to a number of rodeos in Alberta and thus there is the potential for exposure of numerous horses. As a result, horse owners have been alerted and are advised […] Read more


Is it a good or bad thing when a horse yawns?

The horse’s yawn hasn’t been closely studied but there is a close connection to some welfare issues

Horse enthusiasts often question, “What does it mean when a horse yawns?” and, “Is it a good thing or is it bad thing?” The short answer is, it all depends, and here is why. Both humans and horses yawn, however, the triggers for yawning in horses is not the same as that for the yawn […] Read more



There’s a risk when feeding lawn clippings to horses

Horses will often gulp down finely chopped grasses, but it can cause a host of serious problems

Although both lawns and pastures contain predominantly grasses, the feeding of lawn grass ‘clippings’ specifically to horses can create a perfect storm of harm for the horse that is easily overlooked. When a horse grazes it goes through a series of motions, selecting, ripping, and thoroughly chewing the grasses. This process creates a slow and […] Read more


Equine dental care is about health and welfare — not performance

Using dentistry to make a horse perform better can cause all sorts of problems down the road

The terms ‘bit seat’ and ‘performance float’ are often used to indicate a seemingly higher, more sophisticated level of dental care for the performance or sport horse — implying that the horse will perform better with such dentistry. The duty of the equine dental provider is not to make horses perform better — even though […] Read more



Shedding offers insights into a horse’s health

This annual event arrives with spring and can be a barometer for certain problems that need investigating

Shedding of a horse’s winter coat is a complex physiological process that can reveal information about the horse’s general health. Many — well actually all — horses look cosmetically ‘messy’ during the shedding period with a thorough shed usually occurring over a six- to eight-week period. This transition period often accompanies the fickle weather of […] Read more


Don’t take chances by horsing around with dental health

Horse Health: There’s been an explosion in dental issues in horses, partly because of diet and lifestyle

The horse’s tooth, like the tooth of any other species, is subject to decay. It is only recently that the nature of the tooth decay and its implications to the health of the horse have been recognized and identified. The reasons for this are twofold. The abilities of the equine dental provider to recognize and […] Read more



Feeding man-made fats to horses has negative consequences

Horse Health: Too much of a good thing can cause a myriad of problems for horse health

Over the past two decades feeding a variety of fat and oil sources to horses has become an increasingly commonplace dietary practice. The role of fat in the horse’s diet has been oversimplified to that as a fuel source. Although this is partly correct that fats can act as fuel molecules, it is equally critical […] Read more


The numerous benefits of slow feeding to the horse

Horse Health: Because of the way their digestive tract works, horses need to eat low-energy forages nearly constantly

Horses are trickle or slow feeders by nature. This means that they are biologically wired to thrive when they are continuously collecting and eating small amounts of long-stem high-fibre forage. This most basic realization is instrumental in keeping the horse healthy. Forage is the foundation of every horse’s diet, and the forage needs to flow […] Read more



The sole of a horse’s hoof is its foundation of soundness

Horse Health: The sole of a horse is a remarkably adaptive and resilient thing, but you can help it improve

It is easy to overlook the contribution the sole makes to the soundness of the horse, because for the most part the sole is hidden from view. However, the sole is no idle passenger. It has remarkable, even herculean properties that allow it to act as the interface between the horse’s bony column and the […] Read more


What to consider when blanketing your horse

Horse Health: The animal’s body condition, nutrition and level of activity can all affect this decision

Most horses are blanketed in the winter according to the personal principles of the owner. However, like any other management practice, blanketing horses has its rightful place and proper use. The decision to blanket the horse comes with advantages and disadvantages. First, it is good to know that nature has provided the horse with extremely […] Read more