Obstruction of the esophagus by food or other materials is referred to in the equine world as choke. Horses with choke are fairly easy to recognize.
In a recent study, horses were offered omeprazole in gastro-resistant granules rather than a paste under the impression that different formulations might work better in the gastric region, as previous studies have shown.
The build up, excitement, and long hours of preparing for equine competitions often obscure the stress that horses endure traveling to and from such events. Most modern and reliable transporters take many factors into consideration, carefully assessing the health of horses before, during, and after transport.
Most broodmares should be maintained in moderate to moderately fleshy body condition throughout gestation. Achieving weight gain in late pregnancy is difficult for some skinny mares because so many of the calories consumed are being diverted to fetal growth.
Foals born to Thoroughbred mares are heavier now than in past years, and researchers recently set out to discover if the one-two punch of obesity and endocrine dysfunction affects birthweight.
Increasing mare age is associated with increased fertility issues, and older mares have lower foaling rates than their younger counterparts. In addition to simply being “older,” underlying pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID, equine Cushing’s disease) is also thought to impact reproductive function in mares.
The onset of winter provides relief for horse owners that must contend with easy keepers.
A complex microscopic world thrives inside the gastrointestinal tracts of healthy horses. Pinpointing surefire ways to optimize and stabilize these microscopic organisms will benefit horses immensely, especially in times of stress or illness.
Classic signs of Cushing's disease include a poor coat, recurrent laminitis, lethargy, abnormal fat deposits, and increased thirst and urination. Moreover, the effects of Cushing’s may extend to the eyes.
A group of researchers suggest that dopamine plays an important role in how horses behave (or misbehave!).
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