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.
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.
A group of researchers suggest that dopamine plays an important role in how horses behave (or misbehave!).
Fire—or more accurately, electricity—was the exact approach a group of researchers took in a recently published study on the topic of sarcoid treatent in horses.
Arabians participating in endurance competitions may suffer exertional rhabdomyolysis—commonly referred to as tying-up—more frequently than originally suspected.
According to researchers, using a non-FDA-approved joint product off-label not only appears to have no benefit but may also actually be harmful.
Chronic furosemide administration affects a horse’s sodium nutrition. While horses in a recent study were able to compensate for their sodium losses, the authors advised owners of competitive horses on chronic furosemide that they may not be able to meet their needs acutely.
Too much selenium causes alkali disease, or seleniosis, while too little may cause muscle problems or white muscle disease. But how do you know where your horse stands on the selenium front?
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