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Navicular Bursitis in Horses: Improving Outcomes

A nail, a wire, anything sharp. The sort of thing that doesn’t belong anywhere near a horse’s foot. Unfortunately, things like this do sometimes end up puncturing right through the frog or heel and up into the navicular area. When that happens, infection could set in, and the results can ...

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Winter Horse Hoof Care Tips

Despite the fact that horse owners across the country might be willing it away, winter is here. And during winter, it’s important to remember the structures that will stand between your horse and the snowy and icy ground: his hooves. Scott Fleming, DVM, CF, of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital ...

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5 Practical Research-Based Horse Feeding Considerations

It’s one of the most common questions an owner asks: What should I feed my horse? Equine nutritionists look both to research and their own experience to answer this question. Besides considering life stage and activity level, they must weigh variables such as environment, climate, genetics, and health conditions, which ...

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Trail-Sharing Tips Horseback Riders Can Use

You’re enjoying a beautiful sunny day on the trail with your horse. The trail is designated multiuse, so as you ride you’re likely to meet hikers, mountain bikers, and maybe even motorcycle or ATV users. Your enjoyment and safety depend on how well everyone shares the trail. You can’t control ...

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UC Davis Heumphreus Lecture Taking Place Feb. 16

The 33rd Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture will take place Feb. 16 at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM). This year’s event features farrier Tim Shannon, CJF, APF, AWCF, and veterinarian G. Marvin Beeman, DVM. Farriers and equine veterinarians are invited to attend the event, ...

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Equine Body Language: 7 Signs to Recognize

7 behavioral signs that can help you tell if your horse is happy, sick, or painful, as well as keep you safe Horse, let’s talk. How are you feeling? Oh, you like it when I scratch right there? Oh, but not here, right? Okay. Whoa, wait a minute. You’re not ...

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Headshaking in Horses: A Sensitive Matter

There’s a nerve-tingling explanation behind many  headshaking cases A toss of the head. A flip of the nose. It seems so benign, right? A horse that shakes his head continually, almost viciously, however, is no trivial matter. This type of headshaking can be frustrating for owners, detrimental to horse welfare, ...

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Why Does My Horse Play With His Tongue?

My 4-year-old gelding plays with his tongue every night in his stall at feeding time when he’s waiting on his hay (see video below or at bit.ly/2tMXPrc). Why would a horse do this? Is it because new teeth are growing in, or is he just bored? —Jennifer, via email A.Great video ...

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Managing and Preventing R. equi Pneumonia in Foals

By Maria Paz Zuñiga Barrera, DVM, Msc(c), Dipl. Equine Production, WEVA board member. Rhodococcus equi, a Gram-positive facultative intracellular pathogen, is one of the most common causes of pneumonia in foals 1-6 month of age. While it can cause significant economic losses, researchers are still working to understand how and ...

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