Horses that consume too much fresh pasture grass ingest high levels of fructans, carbohydrates that are not processed in the equine small intestine and thus can pass to the hindgut.
Foals are often born with legs that aren’t quite straight and hooves that are stubby, pointed at the toe, and wider at the coronet than at the sole. As the foals grow and exercise, many of these imperfections moderate or self-correct without treatment.
Some horses that show signs of back pain are diagnosed with a condition known as kissing spines. A study in Sweden evaluated surgery performed on standing horses rather than using general anesthesia.
To do well in any athletic performance—dressage, reining, cutting, eventing, even strenuous trail riding—horses need to be able to breathe freely. The flow of air can be impeded by inflammation, infection, or mechanical problems, among other things.
Through collaborative research conducted at the University of Kentucky, a biological control method to reduce Asian tiger mosquito populations has been developed.
Adult Onchocerca cervicalis worms, also called equine neck threadworms, live in the large nuchal ligament that runs from the poll to the withers.
Several equine diseases, including West Nile virus, are spread when horses are bitten by infected mosquitoes. These insects lay their eggs in standing water, but not in moving streams.
Everyone knows hygiene starts with the hands. In one recent study*, nearly 400 individuals associated with agriculture said one of the biggest challenges to disease control on farms is lack of access to soap and water to wash their hands.
To get the best results and avoid the possibility of serious injuries, horses should be trained in a program that asks for gradual improvement, guided by the specific fitness response of each horse.
Horses that are exposed to dust and mold spores often develop inflammation in their respiratory tracts. This inflammation can lead to infection and less efficient lung function. Owners can change management practices to limit exposure and guard airway health.
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