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  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · November 3, 2002

    Developed for human use in breaking up kidney stones, the technique has been adopted by veterinarians to reduce pain and stimulate healing in some types of injuries. "Extracorporeal" refers to the fact that the treatment is given from outside the horse's body, in contrast to oral medications, injections, or surgery that are considered more invasive.

  • Preparing Young Horses for Sales

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · November 2, 2002

    The polished weanlings and yearlings and the athletic two-year-olds that grace the sales rings throughout the world today are slightly different from the horses that went before them. Technology and research have combined to provide consignors and buyers with a slightly different opinion of what constitutes good health.

  • Dental Care in Horses

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · October 29, 2002

    Some veterinarians provide dental treatment in addition to their other services. Others prefer to supervise a professional equine dentist who has the specialized training, equipment, and experience to complete the work quickly and competently.

  • Cleaning Horse Feed Tubs and Buckets

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · October 29, 2002

    Cleanliness inside the barn and out is very important to both your horse and yourself. Feed buckets, automatic waterers, and ground feeders require regular cleaning and attention.

  • Is My Horse the Right Size?

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · October 29, 2002

    How can a rider decide what size equine is right? To answer this question, it is necessary to consider several factors about both the rider and the horse.

  • Equine Air Travel

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · October 25, 2002

    Recent medical and technological advances have revolutionized equine air transport from an occasionally dangerous and often lengthy process into a modern- day magic carpet ride.

  • Warmbloods: Same Feeding Plan as other Horses?

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · January 10, 2002

    Feeding well-balanced rations and attending to nutrition-related idiosyncrasies of warmbloods are the first steps in producing and maintaining sound athletes. The primary nutritional goal of managing young warmbloods should be ensuring slow, steady growth and reducing the risk of developmental orthopedic disease.

  • Yeast Supplementation and Soybean Hulls Studied

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · January 10, 2002

    In an effort to determine the effect of yeast on digestion in horses, researchers in France carried out a study to look at the influence of feeding a preparation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a strain of yeast, on microbial profiles and fermentation patterns in the large intestine of horses fed a high fiber or a high starch diet.

  • Stocking Rate: How Many Horses on This Pasture?

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · January 10, 2002

    Stocking rate is defined as the number of horses allowed to graze a unit of land for a specific amount of time. Making the most of pastures by optimizing stocking rate may reduce other forage expenditures. Stocking rate is contingent upon numerous factors including grazing behavior, level of pasture management, forage species, seasons, and weather patterns.

  • Feeding the Miniature Horse

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · January 10, 2002

    Regardless of their size, all equines have the same basic nutritional needs. Each animal must consume enough water, forage, and (possibly) grain to meet the requirements of growth, tissue repair, reproduction, exercise, and maintenance of all body systems. Factors such as body size, age, breed, work, climate, health status, and metabolism affect the type and amount of hay, pasture, and grain a particular horse should be given.

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