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Hemp for Horses

The endocannabinoid system is a feedback loop within the brain and all branches of the nervous system – higher brain functions of thought/memory/mood, movement, sensation, and the autonomic system which helps regulate all organs and the immune system down to … Continue reading

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All Carbs Matter in Equine Metabolic Syndrome

There are physiological differences between humans and horses. For example, horses don’t produce high levels of ketones, even when starving.  Horses with EMS are not at high risk for cardiovascular disease the way humans are. They develop laminitis instead. Despite … Continue reading

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Mares Transitioning to the Breeding Season

Horses are long day seasonal breeders, with both males and females showing seasonal variability in reproductive function but it is much more obvious for the mares. Most mares have suppressed ovarian activity which begins in the fall and ends in … Continue reading

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Prepping for Shedding

If dealing with shedding was the worst problem we had to face with horses we would be blessed indeed – but it’s still a pain. Getting to that glorious new coat underneath will always be predominantly a matter of time, … Continue reading

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Failing Pastures

I’m going to define failing pastures as those that no longer can meet the nutritional needs of the horse.  This can happen a lot sooner than you  might think. Brown, dormant grass is easy to spot but very mature green … Continue reading

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Parasite Resistance – Where Do We Stand

The doomsday scenario of parasites resistant to all deworming drugs has not materialized but we are facing some challenges.  This will give you current information on resistance, your treatment options and future directions. Note: I have deliberately not used any … Continue reading

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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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