Illness & Injury

Checking Your Horse's Vital Signs

By Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne - Every horse owner should be familiar with his or her horse’s “normal” vital signs. Knowing your horse’s healthy, resting temperature, heart rate, respiration rate, capillary refill time, and gut sounds will help you realize when he is unwell. Additionally, in the event of illness or injury to your horse, being able to check and report his vital signs can help indicate to your veterinarian the horse’s present condition.

Horse injection, equine injection, Intramuscular injections horses, IM horses, Subcutaneous injections horses, Intravenous injections horses, injection sites horses, sterile syringes and needles horses, administering horse medication

By Melanie Huggett - If your vet told you it was necessary for you to give your horse an injection, would you know how? Most horse owners will need to give their horse medication via a needle sooner or later, so learning how to properly and safely administer a basic injection is a good investment in your horse’s health care.

clinical signs of equine gastric ulcers, how to check horse for gastric ulcers

If your veterinarian has recommended a gastroscopy, sometimes called a “stomach scoping,” he or she probably thinks your horse has equine stomach ulcers, which aren’t uncommon in horses. In fact, 62 percent of horses have them to some degree.1 The good news is they can be treated – and prevented in the future.

Trots, Equine Undifferentiated Diarrhea, Luis Arroyo, horse Diarrhea, Ontario Veterinary College Teaching Hospital, equine gastrointestinal parasites, Clostridial organisms, Equine diarrhea prevention, equine loose feces, equine gastrointestinal tract

Diarrhea is the hallmark clinical sign of equine colitis (inflammation of the colon), a condition which can occur in horses of any breed, gender, and age. Horses are particularly susceptible to acute, severe, and sometimes fatal diarrheal illness because of their large colon and caecum. Considerable progress has been made in the last decade in understanding what used to be called “colitis X.” However, many cases of colitis have no known cause. Therefore, in a large proportion of equine cases, the cause of the diarrhea cannot be established. These cases are usually classified as undifferentiated, undetermined, or idiopathic colitis, which is a diagnosis of exclusion made once other known causes of colitis have been ruled out.

horse back pain

By Lindsay Day, REMT - Back pain is an issue that can plague horse and human alike. Though back problems in the horse can be difficult to assess and get a handle on at times, new and ongoing research is lending itself to a better understanding of equine back pain and what we might be able to do to help prevent it.

horse Carrot Stretches, horse stretches, horse flexibility, equine stretches

Dynamic mobilization stretches, or "carrot stretches," should be performed on level, non-slip footing in an enclosed area, with the horse standing square and balanced. Encourage the horse to hold each position for several seconds, followed by a moment to allow them to relax their muscles and return to neutral before the next attempt.

 fat horse, obese horse, eqine obesity, dangers of obese horse, equine conditioning, equine weight loss

According to research over the past six years, at least one in five and potentially one in two pleasure horses are overweight or obese, leading to conditions such as laminitis, equine metabolic syndrome, chronic inflammation, arthritis, heart issues, heat stress, and bone, tendon, and joint problems.

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