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Horses with teeth problems will often pack feed around the areas of pain and discomfort in their mouth as a way of soothing themselves. These feed-packs are called quids and are a common observation in older horses with advanced dental disease. Quids can pack along the cheeks and they can also drop out of the horse’s mouth onto the ground.

How dental disease can cause weight loss in horses

Dramatic weight loss can often occur when horses 
can no longer properly chew their feed


The clinical symptoms of slowly advancing dental disease in the older horse are not always overtly obvious, can be quite subtle and may even be discounted as ‘just’ a sign of old age. And so it is that owners and caretakers of an older horse can be taken by surprise when their horse — who […] Read more

Pioneer Acres heritage event celebrates 50 years

There will be more than a few gangs of draft horses when Pioneer Acres puts on its 50th Anniversary Show and Celebration. The volunteer-driven organization is dedicated to preserving Alberta’s farm heritage. It has more than a dozen buildings filled with exhibits and artifacts from the pioneering era on its 50-acre site, one kilometre north […] Read more



Sausage-loving Germans chew over meat tax plan

Berlin | Reuters — German lawmakers on Wednesday proposed raising the sales tax on meat to help protect the climate and improve animal welfare, kindling a debate in a country renowned for its love of sausages. Meat in Germany benefits from a reduced value added tax rate of seven per cent, and the idea is […] Read more


Ag ministers aim for AgriStability upgrades for 2020

Coming out of their meeting in Quebec City, Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial ministers for agriculture say they plan to meet again before year’s end to see about improving the AgriStability program for 2020. In a statement Friday, the ministers said they discussed “adjustments that could improve existing (business risk management) programs to address the […] Read more

Prairie hay shortage on horizon

MarketsFarm — While rain across the Prairies has eased concerns of an all-out drought, worries of a hay shortage going into winter haven’t ceased. Darren Chapman, a Virden, Man. producer and chair of the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA), explained that regrowth following the first cut of hay has been strong. First-cut hay crops […] Read more





The general appearance of a horse’s topline is a trustworthy indicator of the horse’s overall health and comfort, extending from foot and dental health, to tack, training regimen, and everything in between.

The topline tells the tale of a horse’s overall health

It’s one of the clearest and widest indicators of well-being — or problematic issues

Multiple aspects of a horse’s health, lifestyle and environment dovetail together and contribute to the appearance of its topline. An esthetically pleasing topline in a horse at any age is a testament to the alignment of a good many conditions and circumstances which are supportive of the horse’s health and well-being. The opposite is equally […] Read more