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Horse Health

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Horse Health

Practical Horseman knows how important your horse’s health is to you, so we want to keep you up to date with the latest findings in horse-health research. Read articles about a variety of horse-health topics, including common illness and lameness concerns, senior-horse care, sporthorse injuries and more. We’ll let you know how you can recognize trouble signs and when to call the vet.

Health Update: Your Horse Knows When You’re Angry

by Sushil Dulai Wenholz

Horse owners often pick up on a horse’s cranky mood from his body language, and the latest research is showing that horses can also tell when a human is angry based on facial expressions.

Discoveries in Equine Metabolic Syndrome

by Sushil Dulai Wenholz

New light is being shed on this syndrome which often affects middle-aged obese horses and certain breeds.

Hyperflexion: Going to Extremes

by Elaine Pascoe

Research sheds new light on a divisive training technique.

Tight Nosebands May Cause Stress

by Sushil Dulai Wenholz

Studies have shown that too-tight nosebands on bridles can cause stress and other health problems for your horse.

A Lift For Broken-Leg Recovery

by Sushil Dulai Wenholz

Researchers are working on the development and testing of a unique robotic lift system that would take the place of a traditional sling for horses with severe limb injuries such as a broken leg.

Managing Equine Allergies

by Elaine Pascoe

Equine allergies can be caused by a number of different agents. Find out about the signs, triggers and possible treatments.

On the Injured List: Common Problems for Show Horses

by Elaine Pascoe

Here are a few things you should know about some common injuries in hunters, jumpers and equitation horses.

Equine Melanoma Vaccine In the Works

by Elaine Pascoe

Scientists are working to create a therapeutic vaccine to treat equine melanomas.

Vesicular Stomatitis Alert

by Elaine Pascoe

If you keep horses in the West or Southwest, a contagious viral disease called vesicular stomatitis should be on your radar.

Research Update: Equine Heart Health

by Sushil Dulai Wenholz

Catching up with the United States Eventing Association’s Cardiopulmonary Research Group as it works to solve the puzzle of sudden equine deaths in competition

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