Health

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The News About Shoes

Technological advances in horseshoes and innovative concepts in shoeing practices have given new hope for horses with hoof problems and lameness issues.

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Understanding Ulcers

Ulcers can be a common problem for many horses, especially those with active careers. Learn how to recognize the signs, treat the symptoms and keep this problem from recurring.

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Managing Wild-Horse Herds

Researchers are working on a contraceptive vaccine for wild horses, in hopes it will cut down on round-ups and perhaps even eliminate them completely.

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Killer Virus Identified

Scientists have discovered a virus that triggers a life-threatening liver disease in horses, solving a longstanding medical mystery.

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The Grain–Brain Connection

A recent study shows that horses on high-grain rations spent more time being alert for signs of danger than those on an all-hay diet.

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New Rule on the Horizon: Microchips for Hunters And Jumpers

Microchips are fast becoming the preferred way to identify horses, replacing tattoos, brands and other traditional methods. Now a new rule set to take effect in 2018 will require microchip ID for horses in nationally recognized hunter/jumper divisions.

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Filly or Colt?

Research shows that the age of equine youngsters’ parents affects the sex ratio among foals, and the effect is stronger for mares than stallions.

After participating in a therapeutic riding program, children with autism spectrum disorder showed significant improvements in many areas. | Courtesy, PATH International

Can Horses Help Children with Autism?

A therapeutic riding study shows after participating in a therapeutic riding program, children with autism spectrum disorder showed significant improvements in many areas.

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Horse Fitness and Injury

According to a recent study, monitoring fitness levels could help identify horses most at risk for injury.

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Warm-Weather Skin Woes

Veterinarians are urging horse owners to be on the look-out for these two equine skin conditions during the summer.

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Curbing a Mustang Baby Boom

Fertility-control options for mares could help cut down on mustang overpopulation.

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How To Stop Your Horse's Strange Bit Behavior

Does your horse seem uncomfortable when bridled? Is he exhibiting strange bit behavior? It could be due to a variety of issues.

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Roadwork: Is it Good or Bad for Your Event Horse?

An equine vet weighs in on the health risks associated with conditioning your event horse on hard roads.

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Navicular Options for Horses

New research showed how better diagnostic tools and new treatments are changing the navicular picture for horses.

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Horse Health on Your Smartphone

Keep track of your horse's health with a smartphone app.

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How to Treat Your Horse's Swollen Legs

Equine veterinarian, Gina Tranquillo, VDM, explains why horses' legs often swell when stalled overnight.

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Drought Outlook for Horse Hay

Continuing drought in the western United State may limit horse hay production in the coming year.

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Effect of Equine Flu Shot

How effective is the equine flu shot?

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High-Tech Equine Lameness Detection

State-of-the-art imaging techniques offer new insights into many equine lameness problems.

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Sore Backs and Saddles

A recent study discovered a link between poor saddle fit and rider back pain, lameness, saddle slip, asymmetry and rider crookedness.

EHV-1 Under the Microscope

A better understanding of how the EHV-1 operates may lead to treatments that protect horses from its most serious consequences.

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No Sweat: Anhidrosis in Horses

Anhidrosis, the inability to sweat correctly, can spell trouble for your horse’s performance and health.

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How to Help the Medicine Go Down

Learn tips to get your horse to consume his medication.

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Joint Supplements for Young Horses

Researchers are studying the effects of glucosamine and similar supplements on yearlings to combat degenerative joint disease.