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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 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.

Strangles is an endemic disease caused by the bacteria Streptococcus equi and it affects all horses, ponies, mules, and donkeys. While the disease is highly contagious it is not airborne like a virus.

Deworming Strategies for Healthier Horses

Contributed by Washington State University - Deworming is an essential part of good horse husbandry. Due to the variety of products on the market, however, it can be confusing for horse owners to know which products to use and how often. With a veterinarian’s guidance and a little knowledge of common equine parasites and how to best target them, owners can easily devise a deworming schedule that best suits their horses.

Parasite Resistance

Still treating today's parasites based on yesterday's calendar? In the world of human medicine, you’ve likely heard about concerns of bacteria becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. Well, a similar theory applies to horses and parasites. Over the years, parasites have developed resistance to certain commonly used anthelmintic classes.

Blood Tests for Life

By Kimberly S. Brown - We humans think nothing of having our blood drawn once a year to have a “screen” of tests run in order to give us an accurate account of where some of our important baseline “numbers” stand. In fact, we often look forward with anticipation (or maybe dread) to knowing what our cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, or other levels are at that time, and seeing how they have changed for better or worse since our last tests. Did you know the same type of testing is available for your horse?

Body Condition Scoring

By Horse Council BC - The best way to evaluate a horse’s weight and condition is with this universally recognized Body Condition Scoring (BCS) system produced by the Alberta government and based on the Henneke Body Condition Scale. Since it can be hard to recognize if your own horse is over or underweight, it is often helpful to have two or three friends who don’t see your horse everyday use the BCS system to objectively score your horse.

If you guessed a Body Condition Score of 7, congratulations! You're correct.