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Little Recognized Early Signs of Cushing’s Disease

The classical signs of Cushing’s Disease in horses (pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction/PPID) of poor topline, sagging belly and long curly coat that fails to shed are only evident fairly late in the condition.  If your horse is in his teens … 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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Herbs for Topical Use

If you haven’t tried herbal products for skin and coat use, you really should.  Not because they’re herbal or natural – because they are effective! Chemicals are chemicals whether they are inside a plant or in purified form.  Many effective … Continue reading

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Here We Go Again

The advice to feed overweight, insulin and leptin resistant horses free choice hay 24/7 just won’t die.  Even following the suggested limitations on hay of low sugar and WSC with digestible energy no higher than 0.9 Mcal/lb, an easy keeper … Continue reading

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Can I Feed Straw?

It’s a fairly common question.  Some people want to feed straw because they do not have access to good quality hay and want something to keep the horse busy between hay cube or pellet feedings.  Others want to substitute straw … 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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Nutrition is not ‘Alternative’ Fluff

First, my apologies to some effective therapies called “alternative” that do not fall under the umbrella of FDA approved drugs or recognized surgeries.  There are many such therapies, such as acupuncture, pulsed electromagnetics, laser and others that are indeed effective. … Continue reading

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Ancient Wisdom

We’ve all heard it.  People talking about putting out mineral/vitamin supplements of various sorts and allowing the horse to choose what they need.  They will often have stories about how the horses vary their consumption over time, again presumably depending … 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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Respect the Sweat

We all want to ride in the summer but the weather poses major challenges to our horses. The horses control their body temperature primarily by sweating. Horses doing endurance training, eventing, taking trail rides, giving lessons, even standing in the … Continue reading

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