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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

New test gives definitive diagnosis of tapeworm infestation in horses

Horse Health: But it’s not clear if there’s much, if any, impact on horse health from tapeworm infestations

The existence of tapeworms in horses has rarely been a topic of much concern as the significance of infestation to the health of the horse has for the most part been uncertain. Not only is it difficult to reproduce the complicated life cycle of the tapeworm under study conditions it is also unreliable to gather […] Read more

Horses get arthritis, too, and need special care

Horse Health: Abnormal and repetitive stresses are frequent causes of this source of lameness

Ringbone is one of the most common forms of arthritis diagnosed in the horse and is a “catch-all” term used to describe an osteoarthritis that afflicts the coffin joint (low ringbone) or the pastern joint (high ringbone). Degeneration of the joint interferes with function, mobility and flexibility of the lower limb and ultimately leads to […] Read more

Heat stress and horses

Horse Health: Emergency interventions may be necessary to save overheated animals as heatstroke can occur very quickly

Hot weather poses a unique set of challenges to the physiology of horses that are better equipped to deal with cold weather. Horses naturally benefit from the heat produced as a byproduct of their own digestive processes and muscular activity. However, as temperatures rise beyond approximately 24 C and humidity increases, horses struggle to effectively […] Read more

Care of the nursing foal

Horse Health: Mother Nature, their own mother and human caretakers all have a profound effect on the wellness of young horses

From the time a foal is a week old and healthy until it is weaned, its physical, mental and emotional development is influenced by many caretakers. Mother Nature and Mother Horse are the foal’s primary caretakers, however, human caretakers can also have a substantial influence on the foal’s development. Many events that occur in the […] Read more

Horse euthanasia: When is the ‘right time’ to end suffering

Horse Health: The strong bond most horse owners develop with their equine companions makes this a very difficult choice

Sometimes the decision to euthanize a horse and end suffering is clearly obvious. This can occur when a horse has a severe injury or an unrelenting and non-responsive illness such as laminitis or colic. However, all circumstances are not so straightforward and many times horse owners are confronted with situations of illness, injury or aging […] Read more

Gastric ulcers in horses

Horse Health: This malady is part of a much bigger problem

Recognition and medical treatment of gastric ulcers in horses has been well established for many years now. Initially veterinarians thought ulcers in the digestive tract of the horse were limited to the stomach or gastric mucosa. This was a logical conclusion since the presence of the open ulcers in the stomach could be diagnosed and […] Read more

Pacing, rocking and other worrisome behaviour in horses

Horse Health: Repetitive behaviour isn’t a problem to fix, it’s a sign to look for the root issue

Stereotypic behaviours are repetitive behaviours performed by animals with no obviously discernible function. One of the most commonly recognized stereotypic behaviours is the pacing of polar bears in zoo exhibits. Stereotypic behaviours are also recognized in horses, of which cribbing, weaving and stall walking or pacing are the three most common. Polar bears and horses […] Read more