Written by Walt Friedrich Most of us horse-owners are quite well aware that our horses can pretty much take care of themselves. They may be prey animals, but so are field mice, along with thousands of other species in between, and of them all, horses are probably one of the best equipped for self-protection. Weighing […]
Written By Dr. Kate LeVasseur, DVM The question always arises each winter whether to blanket or to not blanket your horse. As the temperature decreases, the layers of clothing increase. One would only assume this would also hold true for your horse, right?
written by Walt Friedrich I always had thought it was my mother who used to tell me, when I was a child, that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I was almost disappointed when I learned that ’twas Ben Franklin who first uttered those wise words, and not my mother […]
Components in the diet that are present in larger amounts will be listed as % . In a traditional feed, that would include crude fiber, fat, protein and the macrominerals Ca and P. It is optional to include more information on a feed tag. If the items are in large enough quantities, it makes sense […]
Written By Walt Friedrich Here’s some dialog between you and your horse. Does it seem familiar? You: “I want to pick up your foot.” Horse: “I don’t want you to.” You: “I’m gonna do it anyway.” Horse: “No, you won’t, I won’t let you.” Then it becomes an argument, then a fight as you apply […]
Written By: Walt Friedrich We’ve touched on this subject in previous articles, but it’s important enough for an occasional revisit, just as a reminder. Our horse is not wired in the same way as we are, as he constantly demonstrates, but we’ve become so used to it that we rarely notice it any more. You […]
Written By: Annette McCoy, DVM, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine What is equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM)? EPM is a disease of the central nervous system (brain and/or spinal cord) that is caused by the protozoal organism Sarcocystis neurona. The main host for this organism is the opossum and horses that are exposed to […]
Written By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. Let me tell you about Bugsy. He was an Appendix Quarter Horse I rescued a few years ago. When he came to me, he was significantly underweight, suffered from an old stifle injury, and had a distrustful attitude. A few months later, he’d filled out, was running up and […]
Written By: Raffa Teixera DVM & Stephanie Valberg DVM, PhD, University of Minnesota Flunixin meglumine (Banamine) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agent that is very effective for the relief of pain, inflammation and fever in horses.
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 […]