Horse Care

De-shedding the Yak: Spring Grooming

Although the weather outside is still lightly snow-covered and cold, Spring is right around the corner; there’s no easier way to tell that Spring is coming than going to groom a horse. A simple swipe of the neck leaves a handful of loose hair, and a regular grooming session creates a cloud of hair, dust…

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Ask the Equine Vet: Holiday Hazards

Author: Sallie S. Hyman, VMD, DACVIM, CVA The holiday season is upon us. For many people, this means the fun and creativity of decorating the house for each holiday. And for many, it also means decorating the barn, or at least their own horse’s stall. While getting our equine friends into the holiday spirit may…

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Outfitting Your New Horse

Finding the right horse for you can be a long, time-consuming process, sometimes taking months or even years depending on your needs. Now that you’ve found your perfect horse, you’ll need to gear up for horse ownership. There are a number of new things that your horse and you will need. The Trip Home One…

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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…

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Ask the Equine Vet: When is it Too Hot to Safely Ride My Horse?

When is it too hot to safely ride my horse?  Knowing how your horse thermo-regulates will help you better understand how to keep him cool. Horses’ bodies produce heat when they work. They have several mechanisms that get rid of this heat. The most important mechanism is evaporation. Most heat is generated from a horse’s…

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Battle of the Bugs

Spring is here, which means that the bugs will be back too. Those pesky flies have bothered humans and their horses since the beginning of time. Luckily, there are measures that you can take to keep the bugs at bay. Fly Masks A great way to keep flies off of your horse’s face and out…

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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: Grazing Muzzles and Metabolic Syndrome

Does My Horse or Pony Have Metabolic Syndrome? We’ve all seen them, the horse in the field looking like Hannibal Lector in a muzzle. It’s not keeping them from biting; it’s keeping him from eating! Grazing Muzzles have become an unfortunate necessity for many horses today. Much like people, horses are suffering from the effects…

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Beyond the Hunter Braid: Braiding for Long Manes

Author: Debby Stansell, Alaria Moss Gypsy Horses There is  nothing like a long  flowing mane and tail, all clean, sparkling and  blowing in the wind, to make a horse lover’s heart smile, but sometimes, that long mane is not appropriate or comfortable. If you are showing in some types of horse show classes, you will want a more “controlled” look, or on summer trail rides, you…

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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…

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