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Botulism in Horses

Diagnosing Botulism in Your Horse Botulism is a neurologic disease caused by bacteria (Clostridium botulinum) that is fatal in horses. Horses are the most susceptible species to this particular bacterium and researchers are still trying to figure out why this is. This bacterium is classified as a “Category A” because it can be used as […]

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Sweeney Shoulder in Horses

What is Sweeney Shoulder? Sweeney Shoulder in horses is recognized by atrophy or “wasting away” of the muscles that are located in the shoulder area. This is caused by damage to the suprascapular nerve that controls the Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus and Triceps muscles. This condition may also be caused by a sudden movement or weight change […]

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Grooming Your Horse

Healthy Grooming Tips for Your Horse When it comes to grooming there is no substitute for good, old-fashioned elbow grease. The amount of shine that your horse’s coat has will depend on how much time and effort you’re willing to put into it. As decedents of wild horses, domesticated horses still have some wild behaviors […]

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Trailering Your Horse in the Summer

Tips for Trailering With “show season” fast approaching and beginning, there are several precautions that need to be taken into consideration while you’re trailering your horse from show to show. In particular, how hot your horse can get while traveling and what you can do to prevent sickness, heat stroke or even death. Trailers, in […]

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Anhidrosis in Horses

Anhidrosis (the inability to sweat) in Horses Horses rely on sweating as a means of cooling their body down just like humans do. Anhidrosis or the inability to sweat can lead to hyperthermia and heat stress. This condition can affect horses of all breeds and ages. It can also progress over time or come on […]

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Markings of the Horse

Understanding Your Horse’s Markings The markings on a horse’s face may be hereditary, but that has yet to be proven. It is said that horses with parents that are “loudly” marked may also be born “loudly” marked and those with parents that are “quietly” marked could also be born “quietly” marked. Geneticists are still working […]

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The Henneke Body Condition Scoring Chart

Body Condition Scoring in Horses Determining the condition of your horse’s body can be very beneficial and eye-opening to a horse owner. The Henneke Body Condition Scoring Chart is useful to most authoritative figures who might be handling an animal abuse case or an animal that might be in questionable health. Veterinarians use this scale […]

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Acorn Poisoning in Livestock Animals

The Dangers of the Oak Tree Acorn poisoning most commonly occurs in sheep but can also affect horses, cattle, and goats. It is caused by eating an excessive amount of acorns, oak leaves or branches from an oak tree. Although this is toxic to these particular livestock animals, it isn’t necessarily toxic to other animals […]

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