Illness & Injury

Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D., forage feeding, horse instincts, natural horse feeding, equine feeding,

The issue is free choice forage feeding. I respect and honour the way horses are made; they are different – unique, really. In a suitable, native environment, they are quite capable of taking care of themselves. They are free to eat and roam, and just be horses. Domestication involves removing them from their natural setting, but that doesn’t change who they are. Horses have physiological and mental needs and those needs are being ignored.

University of Guelph, Hot Horse, Hot Equine, Horse Hydratiion, Horse in Heat, Equine in Heat, Evaporative Cooling, Convection, Ambient Temperature Humidity, HEAT STRESS Effect on Horses, Training Horses in the heat

As we move through the height of our summer competition season, it is not uncommon to have multiple days of severe heat and humidity - the days when you sweat while standing still.

Dr. Wendy Pearson PhD, Veterinary Toxicology, seasonal pruritus, sweet itch, Type 1 allergic response insect bites, omega-3 fat, Culicoides extract, horse health, full fly sheet horse, fly mask horse

Recurrent Seasonal Pruritus (commonly known as Sweet Itch) is the most common allergic skin condition in horses. Horses with sweet itch experience intense itching along the abdomen, the back, mane, and tail.

“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.

horse cool down, Sponging Endurance Horse, horse walk cool down, horse drinking water for cool down, hose down endurance horse

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.

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