Is your pony or horse an easy keeper, often overconditioned and prone to repeated bouts of laminitis? Sounds like insulin resistance or even equine metabolic syndrome might be the culprit, but how can you find out for certain?
Equine metabolic syndrome refers to a set of factors, including obesity, insulin resistance, and a tendency toward laminitis. Horse owners that recognize these signs early may stave off the effects of the disease.
Horses recovering from disease or trauma need to eat voluntarily, or have nourishment provided in some other way. In many sick horses, treatment of the primary problem (such as pain or sepsis) is essential for restoration of normal appetite.
My vet advised me to feed my aged Arabian gelding a blood builder. Will this help him regain some of the pep he had as a younger horse?
Heavy horses, such as draft breeds and Warmbloods, can be affected by a number of breed-related disorders, including several that target the musculoskeletal and neurological systems.
Young horses that develop uncoordinated gaits may be suffering from wobbler syndrome. This neurologic disease results from compression of the spinal cord caused by malformation in one or more vertebrae in the horse’s neck.
Not every horse that walks in muddy pond or streambank areas will develop pythiosis, a skin disease characterized by firm, lumpy nodules that drain bloody serum. However, Pythium insidiosum is found worldwide in warm regions with vegetated wetlands.
Not all ticks are capable of transmitting Lyme disease to you or your horses. But why wait and see if those tick-ing time bombs are the “right” kind? Consider these four methods of protecting your horse against tick-borne diseases.
Your horse stumbles several times while you’re riding him. Does he need his hooves trimmed, or is he just being lazy, or is he showing a sign of a potentially serious neurologic condition?
Widely defined as any abdominal pain in horses, colic may be caused by problems in the foregut, hindgut, bile ducts, or urinary tract. In practice, however, colic is usually associated with and caused by gastrointestinal distress.
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