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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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Impaction Season

It can happen any time, but fall and winter are peak seasons for colic, especially impactions. from The Merck Manual There are many reasons for this, including change in diet when coming off pasture, lower water intake when switching off … Continue reading

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Water Poisoning

I had finished my next blog but decided to put it on the shelf at the last minute because of a story that has been getting a lot of play in the news the last week or so – how … Continue reading

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Horses and the Heat – Facts and Fiction

Working horses in summer heat creates some significant welfare issues with consequences as severe as death.  Research has provided some very valuable information but despite this there are still many myths and misconceptions. It isn’t only upper level performance/racing horses … 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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There Are No Bad Steps

Information recently provided by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission as well as many previous studies, including from the University of California at Davis, has shown that the vast majority of catastrophic injuries in racing horses are the end result of … Continue reading

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