Horse in Polo Wraps

Ask the Equine Vet: Equine Leg Protection

The distal limb of the horse is a delicate structure comprised of not much more than bone, tendon/ligaments, and skin. There is little natural protection for this area, unlike more proximal portions of the leg where thick muscles cover the area and protect the underlying structures from injury. The main structures of the distal limb…

Deer Tick

Ask the Equine Vet: All About Lyme Disease in Horses

Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease, is maintained in a complex life cycle of small wild mammals and immature stages of the black legged tick, Ixodes scapularis (formerly called Ixodes dammini) and Ixodes pacificus. Larval and nymphal stages of the tick acquire the organism when they feed on infected mice. Adult ticks feed…

Dentist with Horse

Ask the Equine Vet: Dental Care for Horses

Dental care is critical for the health and wellbeing of your horse. Horses prehend and chew their food with their teeth, turning fibrous grasses into digestible calories and energy sources. When something goes wrong with your horse’s dentition, severe medical problems can arise. Horses are obligate herbivores. Their diet consists entirely of plant materials, in…

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Ask the Equine Vet: Rain Rot

Every horse owner has experienced or knows someone whose horse has experienced Rain Rot. Those painful, oozing, crusty scabs that can seemingly appear overnight and seem to spread at the speed of light. What is Rain Rot? Dermatophilosis, more commonly referred to as “Rain Rot” is an infection of the epidermis of the skin by…