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Late Summer Weight Loss

Weight loss in late summer is a fairly common problem. It can have many different causes and pinpointing the reason is obviously central to successful resolution. from: University of Minnesota Cumulative effects of dehydration is a common cause. With mild … Continue reading

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Fall Laminitis

There are many possible causes of laminitis but the vast majority of cases have a hormonal/endocrine root.  There is a peak in the spring, related to grazing young high sugar growths of grass.  A second peak occurs in the fall, … Continue reading

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Care of the Cushing’s Horse

Since the 1960s when reports of equine pituitary adenomas and their systemic consequences appeared in the literature, our understanding of Cushing’s disease (pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction or PPID) and the insulin resistance it causes has grown tremendously.  Despite this, there … Continue reading

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There Ought To Be A Law

Actually, there is.  It’s called practicing veterinary medicine without a license. It is no secret there is bad information/advice on the internet.  This is taken to another level when it involves statements that are not only wrong but also put … Continue reading

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Senior Horses Losing Weight

It’s reasonable not to expect your senior horse to look as robust as younger animals, but they should maintain a good covering of flesh over their ribs, back and hip bones.  When the older horse starts to look gaunt, there’s … Continue reading

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Shedding Made Easier

Spring breeds enthusiasm for riding in warmer weather, preparation for competitions, reigniting all the human equine interactions of any level that were squelched by nasty winter weather.  Spring also brings some not so pleasant challenges, including dealing with shedding. We’ve … Continue reading

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The Thyroid

If you are confused about thyroid function in horses you have a good excuse.  As new information from studies becomes available, recommendations have changed dramatically. Before it was discovered that insulin resistance is the most likely cause of obesity related … Continue reading

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