What is Choke in Horses? [Signs, Treatment & Prevention]

By |2022-05-17T13:33:37-05:00May 17th, 2022|Conditions, Horse Health|

A medical condition necessitating urgent attention, equine choke refers to obstruction of the esophagus. The condition most frequently occurs due to rapid feed consumption and the subsequent lodging of feed or other matter in the esophagus.

Equine Anhidrosis: Causes, Signs and Treatment

By |2022-05-17T12:16:56-05:00May 17th, 2022|Conditions|

Equine anhidrosis is a performance-limiting condition that refers to the reduced ability to sweat in horses. The condition most frequently affects horses living in hot and humid climates. Anhidrosis occurs because the sweat glands fail to function normally when body temperature increases.

Rain Scald in Horses: A Common Bacterial Infection of the Skin

By |2022-04-29T13:47:46-05:00April 29th, 2022|Conditions|

Rain scald is a relatively common skin infection caused by the bacteria Dermatophilus congolensis. The infection often affects the skin on the back and rump of horses. Rain scald can develop when skin is exposed to excessive moisture which weakens and damages the skin.

Managing Sweet Itch in Horses: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

By |2022-04-27T12:14:51-05:00April 27th, 2022|Conditions|

Sweet Itch is a common skin condition in horses that is caused by an allergic reaction to insect bites. It is also known by the names Queensland itch, summer dermatitis, insect-bite hypersensitivity, summer eczema, recurrent seasonal pruritus, and equine Culicoides sensitivity.

Pasture-Associated Laminitis: How to Keep your Horse Safe

By |2022-04-25T10:44:38-05:00April 25th, 2022|Conditions, Horse Health|

Pasture laminitis is a form of insulin-induced laminitis than can occur after horses have grazed on grasses and legumes that are high in non-structural carbohydrates (NSC). This condition causes pain and inflammation in the laminae of the hooves. If it is not treated promptly, it can progress to founder - a life-threatening condition that involves displacement of the coffin bone in the hoof capsule.