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Nitric Oxide Isn’t Laughing Gas

Laughing gas is nitrous oxide, N2O. Nitric oxide is a very simple gas with just one nitrogen and one oxygen molecule, NO, and is a free radical with a half-life in the body of only seconds. This unassuming little compound … Continue reading

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Reconditioning the Older Horse

Horses have tremendous athletic potential but they did not evolve to do most things we ask of them and conditioning is necessary.  On the flip side, periods without work lead to deconditioning and care should be taken to get the … Continue reading

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Winter Respiratory Health

An elevated concentration of irritants in the air causes measurable lung inflammation in all horses. There may or may not be a true allergic component. Continued exposure can lead to IAD (inflammatory airway disease) or RAO (recurrent airway obstruction) in … Continue reading

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Winter Laminitis

Veterinarians working with many laminitic horses are well acquainted with the problem but others are unfamiliar with it.  It’s a laminitis-like syndrome triggered by cold weather. Horses normally have a very high tolerance for cold.  In all species, cold causes … Continue reading

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Keeping a Spring in Your Older Horse’s Step

Horses are living much longer today and spending many more useful years under saddle.  Even so, age does take a toll on even the healthiest senior. I want to share a few things I have found to make an obvious … Continue reading

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Cold-Induced Laminitis

It happens every winter. A horse that may not even have a prior history of laminitis is found to be very lame and reluctant to move.  It’s more than the typical hesitation horses show on hard, frozen ground. Looks like … Continue reading

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Air Quality in the Barn

When the winds are up and temperatures drop we want our horses to be comfortable and protected. Nestling into a cozy stable may seem like a good solution but there are health risks lurking in a tightly closed up barn. … Continue reading

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“Natural is Better” Wars

There are so many labels available to describe the individual interests in this debate that it’s very difficult to even frame a simple sentence that describes it. A workable approximation for my purposes here is to define “natural” as substances … Continue reading

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No Quick Fix for Laminitis Risk

It’s perfectly natural to want a silver bullet that will instantly remove the threat of devastating health problems like laminitis but it’s just not that simple.          The classical laminitis stance is something you never want to see. The latest … Continue reading

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Spring Grass Laminitis

Spring is the peak time for grass-associated laminitis in most parts of the world. You can effectively treat or, better yet, prevent it but only if you understand the mechanism. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Scott A fat pony is the … Continue reading

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