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Midline Dermatitis

There’s nothing more aggravating than an itchy spot you can’t reach. For a horse, the midline of the belly certainly qualifies. This is what happens when the horse is suffering from summer midline dermatitis. Midline dermatitis is a seasonal problem … Continue reading

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Neuromuscular Support Nutrients

Your horse’s health, happiness and performance depend on normal functioning of the nervous system and muscles.  All nutrients have a role to play but some are particularly important. Vitamin E is an antioxidant which becomes incorporated directly into the membranes … Continue reading

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Safe Supplements for Metabolic Horses

When evaluating supplements for horses prone to high insulin levels there are two basic areas to consider – the active ingredients and the base. On the ingredients front, some things to generally avoid include:  Added iron.  These horses often have … Continue reading

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Electrolyte Problems in Endurance Horses

Electrolyte problems in the heat are directly proportional to sweat loss so it makes perfect sense that horses working long periods are at greatest risk.  This puts the spotlight on endurance horses. Australian endurance horse champion Omani Mr. Squiggle owned … Continue reading

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Topicals for Temporary Exercise-Related Muscle Soreness

When anything is bothering their horse, the tendency of many people is to look for a drug to take care of it but in the case of muscle soreness hands-on therapy is not only an option – it’s often more … Continue reading

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Grazing the Metabolic Horse

The hardest thing for owners of horses with EMS or PPID to accept is that grazing can be hazardous. Vegetation available to feral horses looks very different from the dense green grass domestic horses graze. Eating grass seems like the … Continue reading

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Joint Care – The Basics

Simply because of their sheer size/mass, the joints of a horse bear a tremendous load. Since force = mass x acceleration, the load on joints only increases with exercise. Fortunately, the horse’s body is equipped with ways to balance these … Continue reading

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Fiber is Much More than Bulk

We humans are just starting to recognize dietary fiber benefits for ourselves in terms of preventing colon cancer, modulating blood glucose levels and supporting good bowel function.  In horses, there is even more to it.  Fiber is also a major … Continue reading

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Metabolic Disease Misinformation

Grazing season makes attention turn to equine metabolic disorders but there is a wealth of misinformation out there, despite solid research that disproves some pieces of advice and a clear lack of supporting research for others. False:  NSC and fructan … Continue reading

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(Some of) The Worst Persistent Myths Out There

Horses can’t get all the salt they need from a lick because they don’t have rough tongues. Cows do have rougher tongues but that has nothing to do with getting salt from a lick/block.  If their tongues were rough enough … Continue reading

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