Tag Archives: cold

Immune Support

It’s true that your horse cannot get a “cold”/respiratory infection without a virus but all horses carry around a generous supply of both viruses and bacteria. While winter weather can’t cause a respiratory illness, the stress of severe weather coupled … 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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Winter and Stiff Joints in Older Horses

Retired seniors that are holding weight and getting around comfortably in the warmer months can experience greatly reduced strength and mobility in the cold, to the point they may have difficulty getting up. The explanation for this is multifactorial. Reduced … 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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Liniments Are Worth the Effort

With our often medication oriented mind set it’s easy to overlook the benefits of topical therapy but this has a tremendous amount to offer, especially for joints and muscles. You don’t have to look any further than your own experience … Continue reading

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Winter Laminitis

Frozen lumpy ground can make any horse look lame but if the horse has insulin resistance there may be more going on. Winter laminitis strikes with n0 change in diet or management.  The horse does not necessarily have a prior … Continue reading

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Adjusting Nutrition for Winter

For some of us, winter has already arrived.  For others, it’s just beginning in earnest.  For all, the horse is facing some challenges. Horses actually tolerate and enjoy the cold a lot more than most of us do.  Their neutral … Continue reading

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Dealing with Old Lower Leg Problems

It’s difficult enough to support the mass of a horse on a tiny column like the leg if it is a   rigid structure.  When it also has a moving part (the fetlock), the problem becomes much more complicated. Exaggerated flexion … Continue reading

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How Your Horse Stays Warm

We all know horses have a high tolerance for cold.  They have several different mechanisms for accomplishing this. Starting from the outside in, in cold weather your horse’s coat acts like a down jacket.  The fluffy undercoat stands on end … Continue reading

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