Monthly Archives: April 2021

Stallion Handlers Should Be Moms

Some mom skills come in really handy – like sensing when things are too quiet and having eyes in the back of your head.  In many ways stallions are like overgrown kids. This is not to make light of interacting … Continue reading

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Understanding Mares

In my younger (OK, MUCH younger) days, I didn’t like mares. They seemed unpredictable and difficult compared to geldings, or even stallions. I was wrong. In the feral society of horses, mares have tremendous responsibilities. The stallion is the lookout, … Continue reading

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What Is “Colt Sore”?

“Colt sore” is a term used by trainers of young racehorses to describe a horse that is not progressing well in training, seeming uncomfortable and showing poor gaits but typically without any obvious source of lameness. This is often assumed … Continue reading

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Potassium and Insulin

I have received several questions regarding a possible connection between high potassium intake and high insulin in horses. Spoiler: It’s not true. It’s true that insulin stimulates cells to take up potassium. The circulating glucose levels trigger a baseline secretion … Continue reading

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Electrolytes – The Battery of Life

Electrolytes are minerals existing in the body in an electrically charged, ionized form. Those with positive charges are called cations; negative charges are anions. The major electrolyte/free ion circulating in blood (the vascular space) and in the fluid surrounding cells … Continue reading

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How Does Insulin Cause Laminitis?

It is now widely recognized and accepted that insulin resistance can cause laminitis.  Research has shown that it is the high insulin levels themselves that have this effect, even in normal horses that are experimentally infused with insulin.  The question … Continue reading

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Conditioning The Older Horse

I remember quite well the time when a show horse over the age of 8 or 10 was considered “old”.  Those days are long gone as the experience and levelheadedness of older horses has become appreciated.  Nevertheless, there are some … Continue reading

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Delayed Shedding

Are other horses shedding like mad while yours remains woolly? Are there patches of hair that refuse to budge? Has the coat taken on a stark mustard-like color? If so, you have delayed shedding. In older adults, the most common … Continue reading

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Any Horse In Regular Work Is A “Performance” Horse

“Performance horse” makes us think of things like speed work, endurance, upper level eventing and showing, but it’s much more than that. These are performance horses too. Let’s define performance horses as those being asked to perform work in excess … Continue reading

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