A new study highlights the potential role of vitamin D in preventing illness. Horses obtain vitamin D from both their diet and the sun, using ultraviolet rays to produce vitamin D in the skin.
An age-old question: can joint supplements really help my horse?
Although most equine athletes will quickly recover after exercise, many owners elect to expedite the process through nutrition and nutritional supplements.
Most horses don’t mind cold weather if they are healthy, dry, well-fed, and have access to shelter from the wind. According to Bryan Waldridge, D.V.M., staff veterinarian for Kentucky Equine Research, keeping horses dry is a huge factor in keeping them warm.
According to a group of researchers, haptoglobin may be just the metric horse owners and veterinarians need to track joint inflammation in horses.
My gelding has shelly, crumbly hooves that are prone to abscesses and white-line infections. What can I do?
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.
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.
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