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Equine Anhidrosis

Equine Anhidrosis

Introduction Anhidrosis refers to a reduced ability to sweat when the body is heated. Horses and humans have both been known to experience an inability to sweat. It is most common in hot and humid climates like Florida and the other Gulf Coast states. This is a problem that is especially important for performance horses, as thermoregulation …

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Semen Storage

Semen Storage: The Benefits of Freezing Semen

Your breeding program will benefit greatly from the ability to freeze your stallion’s semen. This includes the possibility for your mares to be bred in any area without being over-used. We will be discussing the benefits of freezing your semen in this article. Frozen Semen: The Advantages There are many benefits to freezing your semen. Your stallion …

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Horse Strangles Vaccination

Horse Strangles Vaccination Service

Strangles Vaccination & Treatment for Horses in Brisbane and Ipswich Strangles is a contagious respiratory illness that is caused by Streptococcus Equi. Horses can be exposed to the bacterium through direct contact with their nasal discharge, pus discharging abscesses, and coughing. It can also be spread through contaminated objects such as handlers, clothing, and equipment …

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Canine And Wolf Teeth in Horses

What is the difference between canine and wolf teeth in horses?

Horse owners often confuse canine and wolf tooth — some even using the terms interchangeably. There are many key differences between canine teeth and wolf teeth. Let’s have a closer look at the mouth of your horse… The Canine Tooth Canine canine teeth are found in the mouths only of male horses. This includes stallions and …

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Green Discharge

My horse has green discharge coming from their nose. What should I do?

Clear nasal discharge is common and should not be considered a problem. However, thick, yellow- or green-coloured nasal discharges are signs of a viral infection. This can cause serious health problems for your horse. The common sign of health problems is nasal discharge. It can be caused by many conditions, including those affecting the lungs, …

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Stallion Health

Stallion Health: Preventing the Spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

It’s now easier than ever to breed the best quality stallion genes into your breeding program using live cover or artificial insemination. Each can spread venereal and sexually transmitted diseases. Klebsiella pneumoniae Overzealous cleaning can spread Klebsiella bacteria. Instead of using water and mild soap, disinfectant can be used to clean the stallion’s genitalia. This will allow …

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Pitch Horseshoes

Pitch Horseshoes

The DeliveryAssume you’re a spectator at a public court. You will witness an expert player do this. (right-handed pitcher)The pitcher places the player on the pitcher’s platform to the side opposite the stake. Place the feet carefully so that he/she is balanced and standing straight. Grab the shoe and extend it out to the full length of his/her …

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Windgalls in Horses

Windgalls in horses: What are they, why does your horse have them and how to get rid of them

Although a dog is a man’s best friend and a horse is history, they say the horse is history. Horses have been fighting alongside men for centuries and many empires were built together with them. Although you may not have to fight with your horses anymore, they are still very important in your daily life. We …

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Regu-mate

Regu-mate for the moody mare – an owner’s guide

Altrenogest, also known as Regu-mate, is a synthetic hormone that suppresses heat-related behavioral signs (also known as oestrus). The oil can be applied directly to the mare’s mouth or mixed in with the mare’s feed. How Regu-mate works: As a mare enters heat, and prepares to breed, her levels increase. After a mare ovulates, her levels of oestrogen …

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Cresty Neck

Cresty Neck Could Signal Equine Metabolic Syndrome

Ponies and horses that are overweight often have fatty tissue deposits. A cresty neck is an animal whose fat pads form along the neck’s upper curve. Fat pads can indicate a variety of health issues, but they are often a sign of an animal’s diet and exercise. EQUINE METABOLIC SYSNDROME Equine Metabolic Syndrome is an endocrine condition …

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Head Nodding

Head Nodding

We identified in our last post that some horse behavior we may consider cute could have different connotations when viewed from the perspective of a herd animal. We will be looking at specific behaviors and how you can help. What not to do Don’t get mad. Don’t get even. Don’t lose your cool. These are only suggestions. However, it is …

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Echinacea

Echinacea; Boost Your Horse’s Immune System and Fight Infection

It is important to boost your horse’s immunity system during stressful situations such as travel, training, illness, or injury. It is as easy as adding an herb to their diet to boost their immunity. Echinacea is the best herb to support your horse’s immune system. What’s Echinacea? Echinacea, which is second only to garlic for immune-support, is …

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History of the Horseshoe

History of the Horseshoe

The invention of the steam engine and spinning wheels was long before it was invented. A human invention that revolutionized ancient trade, transportation, and warfare was horseshoes. The horseshoe was born out of necessity. Humans discovered horses in the same way that they domesticated them. They also understood the importance of protecting their feet. Their goal was to get the …

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Horses Donkeys Mules

Horses, Donkeys, and Mules: Is There A Difference?

My friend suggested that horses and donkeys should be treated as one species because they are so similar. This is an interesting idea that I wanted to clarify. What is the difference between horses and donkeys? What is the difference between horses and donkeys? mules cannot be bred and are therefore considered sterile. Donkeys and horses, on the other hand, …

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Skin Cancers

Skin Cancers

Human medicine has many cancer awareness programs. Nearly everyone is screened for at minimum one type of cancer, such as cervical, breast, colon, or prostate. Horses are not at risk for cancers of their internal organs, but skin cancers are quite common. It is very easy to detect these cancers. The easiest way to screen for these tumors …

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Equine Strangles

Equine Strangles

Strangles is an upper-respiratory infection caused by Streptococcus, a strain of bacteria. Equi . Infections can cause fevers, nasal discharge, and swelling of the lymph nodes around your head and neck. HOW DO HORSES FALL INFECTED? Nasal secretions and purulent drainage from abscesses can transmit the bacteria. It can happen directly (horse-to-horse) or indirectly (bacterial contamination of buckets …

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WHAT IS AN OTTB

WHAT IS AN OTTB?

“OTTB” is Off-Track Thoroughbred. An off-track Thoroughbred horse was once bred and trained for racing, but is not currently an active racehorse. Many OTTBs can be registered with The Jockey Club. The Jockey Club hosts the Thoroughbred horse breed registry in North America. To be considered an OTTB, a horse does not need to make a specific number of …

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HORSE WON’T EAT

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR HORSE WON’T EAT

Horses that refuse to eat are the most frustrating and worrying thing. Horses can become unwell from a variety reasons, including illness, unpalatable food or gastrointestinal disorders like hindgut acidosis. There are things you can do that will get your horse back to eating. These are some helpful tips to keep your horse’s appetite healthy. STEP 1: IDENTIFY …

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PROTEIN QUALITY IN HORSE

UNDERSTANDING PROTEIN QUALITY IN HORSE FEED

Protein is the most important nutrient for horses, after energy. Protein is essential for building good quality hoof, skin, hair, organ tissue and muscles as well as blood, blood, and bone. A horse’s diet must include protein as it is an essential part of hormones, enzymes, and other hormones. It is the second most abundant substance in horses’ …

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HOCK INJECTIONS

HOCK INJECTIONS

Our horse’s piaffes are pfizzled. His slides have slid. His rollbacks are back. His leads don’t change. Someone will almost reflexively say “Maybe he needs to have his hocks injected.” He might. Maybe it’s more complicated than that. It should be. FIRST ASIDE (of many): It is a little strange statistically to believe that the first thing that could be wrong …

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Performance Horses and Other Horses

The Difference(s) Between Performance Horses and Other Horses

My experience shows that horses with a high value (value based on the cost of buying them) can make people crazy. It’s okay in a way – it is important to care for valuable things. Some people think that because they own or maintain valuable horses, it also means that they can do special things for them. It’s …

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Cold Back

Coping with a cold back

What does “cold-backed” mean? A horse with a sensitive or painful back is called ‘cold-backed’. These symptoms may be mild like discomfort due to tightening of the girth, or more severe, which lasts until the horse is warm and the muscles relax. Christine East, McTimoney Animal Practitioner has treated many horses with cold-backs. She says that there are …

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Falabella Miniature Horse

History of the Falabella Miniature Horse Breed

This summary is a mixture of direct excerpts from a variety of publications, letters to the Falabellas family, a French Veterinary Medicine Study, and Thesis on Falabellas. Many other articles have been published about Falabella horses. Some are true and some are not. We have tried to collect the most accurate information through veterinary medical studies and …

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Chronic Weight Loss in Horses

Chronic Weight Loss in Horses

Weight loss can simply be explained by the body using more calories than it consumes. There are many possible causes for chronic weight loss in horses. These include poor quality feed, limited supply, health problems, and social interaction. Starvation can also lead to chronic weight loss. Starvation can also be caused by ignorance, intentional neglect, economic hardship, disease, dentition …

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Vitamin E Synthetic Or Natural

Vitamin E: Synthetic or Natural?

Vitamin E (tocopherol), a fat-soluble vitamin, plays many roles in the body. Vitamin E’s main role is to act as an antioxidant. It works in close collaboration with Vitamin C and Selenium to protect the body against oxidative stress from illness, exercise and other medical conditions. Vitamin E helps maintain normal neuromuscular function by this mechanism. Vitamin E …

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Diet Critical

Diet critical to the success of omeprazole in treating stomach ulcers in horses

A researcher has questioned the effectiveness of a cornerstone treatment to treat equine gastric problems. He believes that a revision is necessary over diet recommendations and current blanket dosing guidelines for omeprazole. Equine squamous stomach disease is a condition that affects the upper portion of the stomach. There, tissues have very limited defense mechanisms against …

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