• To blanket or not to blanket

    Written By: Marcia Hathaway, PhD, University of Minnesota

    horse winter drinking water

    We have received numerous questions lately regarding blanketing. A horse's winter coat can be an excellent insulator, but its insulating value is lost if it gets wet. It is important to keep the horse dry and sheltered from moisture. Continue reading

  • The risk of administering intramuscular banamine

    Written By: Raffa Teixera DVM & Stephanie Valberg DVM, PhD, University of Minnesota

    Figure 1. This horse has swelling and gas under the skin. Figure 1. This horse has swelling and gas under the skin.

    Flunixin meglumine (Banamine) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agent that is very effective for the relief of pain, inflammation and fever in horses. Continue reading

  • A Dozen Eggs - Why Are They Sold In A Dozen?

    Written By Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily


    The number twelve has had special significance for man since the ancient times, from Jesus' twelve apostles to twelve full moons per year and twelve months in a year. There are twelve inches in a foot and twelve hourly divisions on a clock.  There are twelve zodiac signs, twelve tribes of Israel and twelve Knights of the Round Table. There are twelve days of Christmas. But what does any of that have to do with why eggs are sold by the dozen? Continue reading

  • Fall Grasses Increase Risk of Laminitis

    Written By: Juliet M. Getty , PhD.

    As temperatures begin to dip, Dr. Juliet Getty, equine nutrition specialist, wants your horse to make the transition to winter feeding in good shape, and that means understanding about the sugar and starch that lurk in your fall pasture growth.  If you have horses that are overweight, insulin resistant, or suffer from equine Cushing’s disease, you know about keeping them off of spring grasses. The non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) content is too high for free-choice grazing to be safe, increasing the risk for laminitis. But don’t think you're out of the woods once spring is over. True, summer is safer, but as early fall nights cool down below 40 degrees F for the majority of the night, the dangerous carbohydrates once again increase. Grass accumulates NSC (sugars and starch) as it is exposed to sunlight. The levels reach a peak in the late afternoon. During the dark hours, the grass uses this fuel for itself, and by morning, the levels are at their lowest. But cold nights prevent grass from using as much NSC, resulting in a higher NSC concentration during the day. Don’t be fooled by the brown grass you see in the late fall. Spread it apart and you’ll likely see some green at the base, which is high in sugar and starch. If it hasn’t rained in a while, your grass will look dried out; but be careful – dry grass can actually have a higher NSC percentage than long, lush-looking grass. Continue reading

  • On the Move

    Written By Jenny Pavlovic

    Over the summer I was offered a new job in Wisconsin, the state where I grew up. I wanted to move back closer to my family, and I love the Madison area. So in September, after I had lived in Minnesota for 31 years, and in the same house for almost 26 years, we made the move to Wisconsin. Continue reading


    Written By Walt Friedrich

    Horse by the dentist

    Ah, this time it’s one of everyone’s least favorite subjects – equine dentistry. But as with our own human dentistry, it must be faced – it’s an important part of the responsibility we take on when we make a home for and share our lives with horses. Continue reading

  • Caring for a horse on a budget

    Written By J. Wilson, DVM and K. Martinson, PhD, University of Minnesota

    Owning a horse is a major responsibility, and a significant investment of both time and money. Most owners do not generate income from their horse, but are intent on spending time with their equine companion. During tough economic times, horse owners need to explore and implement options to reduce costs. Continue reading

  • Training a Mustang - Considerations from Monty Roberts

    Q/A from Monty Roberts Newsletter

    “Image courtesy of Monty and Pat Roberts Inc.”*PHOTO CREDITS: Christopher Dydyck “Image courtesy of Monty and Pat Roberts Inc.”*PHOTO CREDITS: Christopher Dydyck

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  • The Cost of Horse Ownership

    WRITTEN BY: Julie Christie, MS, Rochester Community and Technical College

    With the dwindling economy and increasing price of hay and fuel, the cost of buying a horse has decreased. The costs and responsibilities associated with owning a horse, however, have not decreased, but increased. On a yearly basis, how much money does it cost to own a horse? Continue reading

  • USRider: A Look at Horse Trailer Accidents

    Like everything you would prepare for a show, you should prepare the same for an accident. Are you going on a longer than normal trip? Gather your resources. Make a travel plan and where you plan to overnight. Locate veterinarians along your route and load the closer ones into your phone or write them down. If you somehow run into a situation where you are unable to find a veterinarian, a stabling facility may have a few names for you. Continue reading

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