Illness & Injury

Equine Metabolic Syndrome, equine Obesity, fat horses, equine fat tissue, obese horses, equine insulin resistance, equine laminitis

Years ago, veterinarians recognized that obese horses develop a different metabolism than healthy horses. They often find it difficult to lose weight, even when on a strict diet, and are prone to laminitis. Researchers began to investigate the cause of this altered metabolism, which was eventually attributed to equine metabolic syndrome (EMS).

A Billion Reasons to Manage Your Pastures

By John Byrd, DVM - One high-shedder horse can drop 6+ billion eggs that have the potential to become infective larvae in a pasture over a year’s time. One low-shedder horse can drop 1.5+ billion eggs that have the potential to become infective larvae in a pasture over a year’s time. All other shedders fall somewhere in between. Managing parasites in one horse starts with managing the parasite load of the herd, and managing the parasite load in the herd means managing the pastures.

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Regular care is necessary to keep your horse healthy, and can help you avoid costly vet bills later on. Knowing what is normal for your horse also makes it easy to see when something abnormal arises, which could be cause for concern; catching infection or injury early can lead to faster treatment by a veterinarian and quicker recovery.

Estimating Your Horse's Weight

By Shantelle Roberts - Being able to weigh your horse from time to time not only helps you monitor his body condition for overall health, it’s also important when developing a feeding program and calculating appropriate dosages for dewormers and medications. Unfortunately, your bathroom scale doesn’t stand a chance under the 1200 or so pounds of the average horse. A livestock scale typically provides the most accurate measurement of a horse’s weight, but this equipment is not available at all large animal veterinary clinics. In this case, there are two primary alternatives – the standard equine body weight formula or a weight tape.

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These days, vaccines are commonly given to horses. But as common as vaccinations are questions about vaccinations. Read on to learn the hows, whys, whats, and whens of vaccinating horses.

Botulism Beware

By Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne - Commonly found in soil, decaying animal carcasses, and, sometimes, decaying plant material, Clostridium botulinum is the bacterium responsible for producing the toxins that cause botulism. These powerful toxins prevent the release of neurotransmitters that control muscle contractions, resulting in weakness and, often, paralysis. Botulism in horses, as in humans, is frequently fatal.

Preventing Colic

Contributed by Horse Council BC - The term “colic” means “pain in the abdomen” or “pain in the belly.” There are many causes for such pain, ranging from the mild and inconsequential to the life-threatening or fatal. One of the problems with equine colic is that it can be very difficult in the early stages to distinguish the mild from the potentially fatal. This is why all cases of abdominal pain should be taken seriously right from the onset.

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