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Quarantine Protocols and Horse Management: Infectious Disease Control in Equine Facilities Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM, DACVP | May 24, 2024 | Care & Management, Horse Health

Quarantine refers to the practice of separating infected or potentially infected animals to reduce the risk of disease spread. Horse farms, boarding facilities, and show facilities commonly use quar...

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Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram: 24 Signs of Pain in Horses Under Saddle Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM, DACVP | May 8, 2024 | Care & Management, Equine Welfare, Training

The Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram (RHPE) is a list of 24 behaviours associated with musculoskeletal pain in the ridden horse. Dr. Sue Dyson et al. developed this ethogram as a means of identifying low-gr...

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Insect Stings and Spider Bites in Horses: A Complete Guide to Equine Pests Lucia K Ryan, MA. | May 8, 2024 | Care & Management, Horse Health

Horses are susceptible to a variety of external pests and parasites. Most equine pests are either insects or arachnids, some of which can cause irritation, discomfort, and even life-threatening reacti...

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Shoe Boils (Olecranon Bursitis or Capped Elbow) in Horses: Causes, Treatment & Prevention Camryn McNeill, B.B.R.M. | May 24, 2024 | Care & Management, Conditions, Horse Health, Joint Health

When a horse lies down for extended periods, especially with long-heeled horseshoes or on shallow bedding, prolonged pressure and "squishing" from the hoof on the elbow can occur, leading to a conditi...

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Top 17 Signs of Colic in Horses – [List] Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM, DACVP | May 2, 2024 | Care & Management, Horse Health

Colic, pain in the abdomen, is one of the most common equine emergencies. [ref n="1"] Some types of colic are life-threatening, requiring immediate veterinary intervention. Currently, colic is one of ...

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The Horse’s Digestive System: Anatomy, Physiology & Feeding Strategies Sara Rice, MSc. | June 6, 2024 | Care & Management, Horse Health, Nutrition

The horse's digestive system is both large and sensitive. It has evolved over millenia to absorb nutrients from grazing pastures and meet the unique energy needs of a free-roaming, incredibly athletic...

Forage Cubes and Pellets for Horses
Forage Cubes and Pellets for Horses – [How and When to Feed] Dr. Christine Latham, Ph.D. | June 8, 2024 | Care & Management, Nutrition

Forage should constitute the bulk of your horse's diet, but not all of it needs to be provided as long-stemmed forages like baled hay. Forage cubes and pellets are other options that may be beneficial...

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What Does Your Horse’s Manure Say About Their Health? Casie Bazay, BS, NBCAAM | April 11, 2024 | Care & Management, Horse Health

When you have horses, dealing with manure is simply a fact of life. After all, an average-sized horse poops anywhere from 4 to 13 times each day. Other than cleaning stalls and paddocks, horse owners...

Clipping Horses for Beginners
Clipping Horses for Beginners: Benefits, Types of Clips & How-To Guide Jaime Thomas, B.Sc. | May 28, 2024 | Care & Management

Clipping a horse’s coat is often messy and time-consuming. It can also be stressful for both horses and humans. With the right approach, clipping your horse doesn't have to be a dreaded chore. Cl...

Chiropractic Care for Horses
Chiropractic Care in Horses: Benefits of Joint Mobilization & Manipulation Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM, DACVP | May 28, 2024 | Care & Management, Conditions, Horse Health

Chiropractic care for horses is a form of manual therapy commonly used in veterinary treatment protocols for lameness. Chiropractic treatment focuses on joint mobilization and manipulation to reduce p...

Massage Therapy for Horses
Massage Therapy in Horses: Benefits, Techniques & Trigger Points Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM, DACVP | May 28, 2024 | Care & Management, Horse Health

Equine massage therapy is a bodywork modality that involves the systematic manual manipulation of a horse’s muscles and soft tissues to alleviate muscle tension and promote overall well-being. It’...

Exertional Rhabdomyolysis in Horses
Exertional Rhabdomyolysis in Horses: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment Camryn McNeill, B.B.R.M. | May 15, 2024 | Care & Management, Conditions, Performance

Exertional Rhabdomyolysis (ER), commonly known as tying-up or azoturia, is an exercise-induced condition in horses characterized by the excessive breakdown of muscle tissue. This results in muscle spa...

Shelter for Horses
Guide to Shelter for Horses: Design of Sheds and Stalls Dr. Christine Latham, Ph.D. | May 28, 2024 | Care & Management, Horse Health

Choosing the best configuration of shelter in your horse’s pasture is one of the most important aspects of horse management. Most horses seek shelter at some point during the day, whether from cold ...

Manure Management for Horse Farms
Manure Management Strategies for Horse Farms Jaime Thomas, B.Sc. | May 28, 2024 | Care & Management

Managing manure is an inevitable aspect of equine stable maintenance and requires careful consideration. A successful manure management program will depend on multiple factors including the number of ...

How to Reduce Swelling in Your Horses Legs
9 Ways to Reduce Swelling in Your Horse’s Legs – [How-To Guide]