Horses with abdominal pain, usually referred to as colic, often display signs of distress. Like humans, though, some horses have a higher threshold for pain than others, and signs vary from horse to horse. Noticing subtle behavioral changes associated with colic will give caretakers the upper hand in overcoming colic.
Are you planning on helping your horse age gracefully? Then you need to know about some important changes that a horse’s musculoskeletal system undergoes during its golden years.
While you may think that there is only one “type” of small strongyles, or cyathostomins, a recent study* indicated that there are actually 50 different species capable of infecting horses. Three major classes of dewormers for horses currently exist, and cyathostomins affecting horses have already developed resistance to two of the three.
Supplementing allergic horses with omega-3 fatty acids that contain DHA and EPA, can provide relief from various allergens.
New evidence shows that travel can have an impact on the equine microbiome, the microbial population of the hindgut critical for proper digestion, immune function, and nutrient and energy production.
Abnormalities within the oral cavity, such as dental malocclusions characterized by misaligned teeth, may cause abnormal forces to be placed on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), triggering inflammation and degeneration.
Equine nutritionists and researchers know fructans should be fermented exclusively in the hindgut—the cecum and colon. New research, however, shows that the breakdown, but not necessarily the digestion, of fructans can actually start in the stomach depending on the type of forage a horse is offered.
Can some forages cause horses to overproduce saliva?
Obesity is a major health concern for horses. Not only are there many horses carrying excess weight, but it turns out that most horse owners are unable to consistently identify equine obesity.
Loose manure and diarrhea in horses typically stem from one of three causes: antibiotic therapy, diet, or disease.
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