Monthly Archives: March 2020

Coronavirus is Affecting Horses Too

COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 does not infect horses but the lives and welfare of horses are being impacted nonetheless.  They are collateral damage in the need to impose social distancing to slow the spread of the virus. Across the country and around the … Continue reading

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Is Your Horse Overweight?

Carrying excess poundage is a serious health issue for any species but when your normal weight is already 800+ pounds the problem is magnified. Even if pregnant, these horses are grossly obese Remember basic physics?  Force = Mass x Acceleration. … Continue reading

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Nutritional Support for Shedding

Mother Nature provides our horses with a dense coat to protect them in Winter but getting rid of it in the Spring is a hassle.  Shedding is triggered by changes in day length. There are many factors that may either  … Continue reading

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One Medicine

One of the introductory lectures when I started veterinary school talked about how the University of Pennsylvania believed strongly in the principle of One Medicine. The German physician and scientist Rudolph Virchow first proposed this concept and said: “Between animal … Continue reading

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Digestive Issues in Horses on Dry Diets

When horses can’t have fresh pasture, either because of stall confinement or the season, the logical next best thing is hay. After all, hay is just dried grass. All the major nutrients – fiber, protein, carbohydrate – are basically the … Continue reading

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