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Struggling Lungs

ProAir, Vitamin C, Lung EQ, Spirulina Most of your horse’s body is heavily oriented to minimizing contact with the rest of the world but the lungs rely on it to function.  This makes their job of extracting oxygen and releasing … Continue reading

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Neurological Herpes Infections

Neurological Herpes, aka EHM – equine herpesvirus myeloencephalitis – is usually caused by a specific strain of the EHV-1 virus which is equine herpesvirus 1. EHV-1 typically causes mild respiratory tract disease or “colds” in young horses. Most adults develop … Continue reading

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Winter Respiratory Health

An elevated concentration of irritants in the air causes measurable lung inflammation in all horses. There may or may not be a true allergic component. Continued exposure can lead to IAD (inflammatory airway disease) or RAO (recurrent airway obstruction) in … Continue reading

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Winter Laminitis

Veterinarians working with many laminitic horses are well acquainted with the problem but others may be unfamiliar with it.  It’s a laminitis-like syndrome triggered by cold weather. Horses normally have a very high tolerance for cold.  In all species, cold … Continue reading

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Understanding Stiffness

There are many different causes and pathways for altered joint function. At the cellular level the horse’s body is in a constant dynamic balance between damage and repair, death and replacement. When this balance is disrupted in favor of death … Continue reading

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Keeping a Spring in Your Older Horse’s Step

Horses are living much longer today and spending many more useful years under saddle.  Even so, age does take a toll on even the healthiest senior. I want to share a few things I have found to make an obvious … Continue reading

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Can You Recognize Muscular Performance Issues?

There is no missing it when a horse ties up, or even has a severe localized muscle injury, but generalized muscular dysfunction is more difficult to recognize and can cause significant pain, poor performance, gait and/or behavioral issues. Sustained daily … Continue reading

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Immune Function

The immune system is truly an army, with Infantry, Special Forces and even an Intelligence division. Communications employs tens of thousands of different codes carried on the cytokines which also connect it to each and every organ function of the … Continue reading

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Cold-Induced Laminitis

It happens every winter. A horse that may not even have a prior history of laminitis is found to be very lame and reluctant to move.  It’s more than the typical hesitation horses show on hard, frozen ground. Looks like … Continue reading

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Cold Weather and Stiff Horses

Research has proven that exposure to cold causes increased stiffness in both muscle and connective tissue, including tendons and ligaments.  A recent human study also confirmed that dampness (relative humidity) is correlated with increased joint pain and this effect is … Continue reading

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