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Impaction Season

Colic remains the #1 health issue of horses across all ages, sexes, breeds and uses. There are many forms of colic and impaction is one of the most common. The stringy, sticky, white/tan coating on this manure is mucus, a … Continue reading

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Is Your Horse Too Fat?

We’ve all seen at least one article claiming a high percentage of horses are overweight; even that it’s an epidemic.  While the numbers are true, 40+ years as a veterinarian and a lifetime of observing horses tells me it’s nothing … Continue reading

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What Is Restricted Feeding?

On one level, it’s exactly what it sounds like – restricting what you feed your horse. The devil is in the details though.  Exactly what is being restricted, why, how much? Some people use restricted feeding and slow feeding synonymously.  … Continue reading

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The Most Underappreciated Performance Enhancer

It’s free too.  Next to air, this is the single most important factor in supporting good performance and maximizing response to training and conditioning.  Water. The horse’s body is about 70% water.  From brain functioning to the cushion of joint … Continue reading

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Living with Old Soft Tissue Injuries

Tendon and suspensory ligament injuries plague horses performing in all disciplines.  Even pleasure horses and pasture ornaments may fall victim if they take the proverbial “bad step” over rough ground conditions. These are every bit as painful as bone or … 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 appreciation for the experience and levelheadedness of older horses has become appreciated.  Nevertheless, there … Continue reading

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Speed Up Shedding

Wouldn’t it be great if horses just slipped out of their winter coat like a snake shedding its skin?  Unfortunately, at best it’s not even close but there are factors that can slow it down which you should be aware … Continue reading

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Flagging Energy

A common concern this time of year is horses that lack energy for exercise.  There are no apparent health or lameness issues but the horse is either “flat” or starts out well but hits a wall that is at a … Continue reading

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Muscle Support for the Active Horse

Horses are superb athletes but not immune to muscle problems.  Muscle issues affect the whole body and can escape detection as a performance problem.  Signs to look for include: no/low enthusiasm for work sweating in excess of exercise level or … Continue reading

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Beautiful Winter Coats

In order to do its insulating job properly, your horse’s winter coat needs to have a degree of fluffiness to it.  It won’t lay flat and sleek like a seal’s in winter.  However, it can, and should, still have vibrant … Continue reading

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