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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


If you see your horse choking, call a vet right away

Horse Health: The condition in horses refers to the inability to swallow rather than an obstruction of breathing

Whenever the term “choke” is used in horses, it refers to an obstruction or blockage in the esophagus. This is very different than the extreme medical emergency of choking in humans, whereby an obstruction of the airway or trachea has occurred. The choking horse can still breathe — but the choking horse cannot swallow. Choke […] Read more



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The many reasons a horse rolls

Horse Health: It’s an eye-catching move, but it’s also completely natural behaviour

Whenever an animal as large as a horse drops to the ground it captures most everyone’s attention. Fortunately the most common reason a horse does drop to the ground is to roll, and rolling is a perfectly natural behaviour for horses. It is both beneficial to their health and an indicator of their health. Horses […] Read more


Overconsumption of clovers can affect horse health

Horse Health: There are clear symptoms to watch for when there’s clover in a horse’s diet

Whenever horses are grazing on pastures where clover is present, certain health concerns for the horse need to be kept in mind. It is of value to recognize the type of clovers present in the pasture, as well as the type of health problems that might ensue with ingestion of particular types of clover. Clover […] Read more