Illness & Injury

“Whether it be a football player studying ballet or a dressage horse learning to work cows - cross-training is a central pillar to athletic success and longevity,” says Dr. Brianne Henderson BVMS MRCVS, Ferguson Equine Veterinary Services & Toronto Equine Hospital.

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It’s fast and easy to tie, but the true value of the quick release knot lies in its ability to be quickly and easily untied in the event of an emergency.

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The last ten to fifteen minutes of every ride should consist of walking on a long or loose rein to allow the horse to relax, stretch his muscles, and, if he is winded from the exercise, catch his breath. This may be all the cool-down the average horse requires in order to physically recover from moderate exercise on a cool to warmish day. But intense workouts can strain muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and when coupled with soaring summer temperatures can cause your horse’s body temperature to skyrocket.

The Forces of Evil: 13 Equine Diseases

By Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne - No owner wants to see their horse suffer. An appropriate equine vaccination program is one way to help ensure your horse's longevity and quality of life. When you vaccinate your horse against any number of diseases, you are protecting him from experiencing the devastating symptoms caused by any of the following:

Shipping Fever during horse trailering.

By Christina Weese - "Shipping fever” is a common name for pleuropneumonia, a serious infection involving the lungs and pleural cavity (the space between the lungs and the chest wall) that’s often caused by the stress of travel.When fluid is found only in the lungs, and not in the pleural cavity, it’s simply referred to as pneumonia.

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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