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Preventing Colic in Winter

You have probably seen this topic appear several times and in many places – with good reason. Colic is more common in winter (and fall), and the risk factors can be mitigated for the most part. vetmed.illinois.edu Impaction colic is … Continue reading

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The Lactic Acid Myth

If you’re like most people you have been told time and time again that lactate/lactic acid is the cause of muscle fatigue, “burning” and tying up. You may even have bought supplements for your horse based on claims that they … Continue reading

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Exercise and Gut Health in the Heat

From trail riding to endurance, lessons to racing, exercise in the heat has effects on the digestive tract. Intensity of work is related to how much heat is generated during exercise but intensity is relative. Activity easily handled by a … Continue reading

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Is A Salt Block Enough?

It’s a perennial question. Can a horse meet his salt needs from a salt block?  In a way, it’s a trick question.  There is more than enough salt there to meet the horse’s needs.  The real question is will the … Continue reading

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What is Insulin Dysregulation?

Insulin dysregulation [ID] is a term coined in a 2014 publication to describe horses with abnormal levels of insulin.  Elevated insulin used to be considered to mean a horse is insulin resistant, and in many cases it still does, but … Continue reading

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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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