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Behavior Health Center

Behavior

Dealing with the Barn Sour Horse

Heather Smith Thomas

Dealing with the Barn Sour Horse

by Heather Smith Thomas

January 7, 2020 16:16

The barn sour horse gets anxious and difficult to control when away from its barn or herd mates. Understanding the causes and retraining makes a safer and …

Behavior

Dealing with Head-shy or Ear-shy Horses

Heather Smith Thomas

Dealing with Head-shy or Ear-shy Horses

by Heather Smith Thomas

January 9, 2019 18:01

Horses are not born head-shy or ear shy. Regardless of the cause, a head shy horse can be retrained to accept everyday contact for bridling and grooming …

Imprinting and Training Young Foals – Do it Right

by Heather Smith Thomas

October 15, 2018 14:19

The first contacts a newborn foal has with humans is critical in setting the stage for future training …

Dental Care Health Center

Dental Care

Dental Care for Young Horses

Heather Smith Thomas

Dental Care for Young Horses

by Heather Smith Thomas

January 8, 2020 17:21

In addition to issues created by feeding of hay and grain instead of grazing for feed, young horses often suffer dental problems during the transition from baby …

Dental Care

Dental Care for Older Horses

Heather Smith Thomas

Dental Care for Older Horses

by Heather Smith Thomas

February 1, 2019 09:18

Most dental problems in older horses involve teeth wearing out, uneven wear, or just the fact that the teeth are missing. This article provides the horse owner …

Dental Care

Feeding the Toothless Horse

EquiMed Staff

Feeding the Toothless Horse

by EquiMed Staff

April 11, 2018 08:36

"When feeding a horse with no teeth or with very severe tooth damage, feed a slurry of complete pelleted feed and/or mashed alfalfa pellets, and add in some …

First Aid Health Center

First Aid

First Aid for Sprains and Strains in Horses

Heather Smith Thomas

First Aid for Sprains and Strains in Horses

by Heather Smith Thomas

January 6, 2020 16:27

When a horse has a strain or a sprain, managing pain can help the horse heal without undue pain and stress …

First Aid for the Uncomfortable Horse: Is it Colic or Tying Up …

by Heather Smith Thomas

January 2, 2020 18:09

A horse showing sudden signs of discomfort may need veterinary attention: First, however, you need to determine whether the horse is suffering from colic or …

What's the poop about dogs eating horse poop …

by Mark Sellers

August 12, 2019 16:02

Size does matter when a dogs eats horse poop containing ivermectin, depending on the toxicity level and the size and genetic susceptibility of the dog …

Fitness and Conditioning Health Center

Fitness And Conditioning

Conditioning the Young Green Horse

Heather Smith Thomas

Conditioning the Young Green Horse

by Heather Smith Thomas

February 16, 2020 19:33

Every green horse needs a gradually-increasing fitness program to bring heart, lungs, muscles, tendons and joints to optimum strength before long rides or …

Fitness And Conditioning

Conditioning a Horse for Work after a Layoff

Heather Smith Thomas

Conditioning a Horse for Work after a Layoff

by Heather Smith Thomas

April 5, 2019 09:50

Gradual conditioning enables the horse's body to adapt and develop the ability to handle more work without pushing him too far at once …

Fitness And Conditioning

Somber Statistics about Equine-Related Head Injuries

EquiMed Staff

Somber Statistics about Equine-Related Head Injuries

by EquiMed Staff

September 12, 2018 09:14

Few equestrians have had a career riding without suffering from injuries, some serious. Learn more about equine-related injuries and why helmets are protective …

General Care Health Center

General Care

"Bute" for Horses has Benefits and Drawbacks

Heather Smith Thomas

"Bute" for Horses has Benefits and Drawbacks

by Heather Smith Thomas

January 3, 2020 15:49

Veterinarians prescribe bute for a number of conditions. Horse owners should be aware of possible side effects from this commonly used anti-inflammatory …

General Care

Horse Parasite Control Guidelines

EquiMed Staff

Horse Parasite Control Guidelines

by EquiMed Staff

November 8, 2018 11:24

Read about the many types of parasites that can affect your horse and learn how using the three "arms" of strategic deworming can be an answer to your parasite …

General Care

Fever in Horses

Heather Smith Thomas

Fever in Horses

by Heather Smith Thomas

November 8, 2018 11:18

Every horse owner should get an idea what their horse’s normal temperature is by taking it daily for a few days …

Healthy Barn Health Center

Healthy Barn

Importance of Good Ventilation in Horse Barns

Heather Smith Thomas

Importance of Good Ventilation in Horse Barns

by Heather Smith Thomas

July 14, 2019 15:06

Many horses have allergic airway disease or heaves due to improper barn ventilation because of dust and poor-quality air held within the confines of the barn …

Healthy Barn

Keeping Cool with Barn Misters

EquiMed Staff

Keeping Cool with Barn Misters

by EquiMed Staff

April 23, 2018 19:40

Learn strategies for helping your horses stay cool on hot summer days, and when all else fails, how different kinds of barn misters can help fight off the heat …

Maintaining a Healthy Environment for Your Horse During the Transition …

by EquiMed Staff

April 28, 2017 14:54

Important preparations to make around your horse barn and stable before Jack Frost shows up include repairing fence lines, managing pastures, checking barns and …

Hoof Care Health Center

Between Farrier Visits – Your Role in the Hoof-Care Team

by Heather Smith Thomas

April 27, 2020 18:38

Regular grooming is good for your horse's hair coat, and regular hoof care is good for his feet …

Hoof Care: Importance of Proper Trimming and Shoeing Intervals

by Heather Smith Thomas

August 17, 2019 15:10

Keeping track of hoof health and growth helps prevent problems and also alerts you when the farrier needs to see the horse before the next scheduled visit …

Hoof Care

When Does A Horse Need Shoes …

Pete Butler

When Does A Horse Need Shoes …

by Pete Butler

September 26, 2018 09:06

Most horses can get by without wearing shoes. This article discusses five scenarios when a horse will be more comfortable and better performing when wearing …

Lameness Health Center

Lameness

Sidewinder Syndrome in Horses

Heather Smith Thomas

Sidewinder Syndrome in Horses

by Heather Smith Thomas

June 8, 2020 20:09

Sidewinder is a term describing a neurologic older horse with a sudden alteration in gait causing the hindquarters of the horse to list to one side when the …

Tips for Pinpointing Lameness - Which Leg is Lame and Why …

by Heather Smith Thomas

August 24, 2019 15:34

By checking horses' feet and legs daily - during grooming, before and after a ride, and the day after a hard workout - lameness will be apparent at an early …

Lameness

Horse Conformation - Head, Neck and Shoulders

Heather Smith Thomas

Horse Conformation - Head, Neck and Shoulders

by Heather Smith Thomas

October 1, 2018 09:14

Conformation of the head and shoulders of your horse is discussed in this article, second in the series by noted author Heather Smith Thomas …

Nutrition Health Center

Nutrition

Teff Hay for Horses

Heather Smith Thomas

Teff Hay for Horses

by Heather Smith Thomas

June 26, 2020 16:02

The growing popularity of teff is due to its ability to produce high-quality hay in a relatively short growing season and the fact that when growth is managed …

Nutrition for Mares and Foals: Monitor Their Special Needs

by Heather Smith Thomas

October 7, 2019 17:01

When raising foals, the goal is to optimize health and growth, and this means proper and adequate nutrition, while avoiding extremes that could lead to problems …

Nutrition

Prevent Sand Colic in Horses

Heather Smith Thomas

Prevent Sand Colic in Horses

by Heather Smith Thomas

June 8, 2019 09:01

When grazing sandy pastures or eating hay off the ground, horses often pick up bits of sand that can lead to a colic hazard …

Reproductive Care Health Center

Reproductive Care

Breeding Soundness Exams for Broodmares

Heather Smith Thomas

Breeding Soundness Exams for Broodmares

by Heather Smith Thomas

November 8, 2019 17:57

A breeding soundness exam helps prepare for the upcoming breeding season to ensure that a mare that is fertile and able to produce a healthy foal …

Equine Reproductive Maturity in Mares and Stallions

by EquiMed Staff

September 12, 2018 09:17

Dramatic physical and mental changes occur in horses as they transition from playful colt or filly stage to the adolescent stage and on to becoming a stallion …

Reproductive Care

Foaling - When To Call the Vet

EquiMed Staff

Foaling - When To Call the Vet

by EquiMed Staff

May 8, 2017 11:18

Hundreds of mares deliver healthy foals without incident yearly, but when complications during the foaling process develop, the time can turn into a nightmare …

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