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Horse Health: Why Do Horses Crib?

Why do horses crib?
Cribbing is a behavioral problem in which horses use their front teeth (specifically their upper incisors, normally used for cutting) to take hold of hard, immobile objects. These objects usually include fence rails, poles, and stall doors. It’s a troubling situation that has horse owners searching for ways to prevent cribbing and wondering why horses […] Read more »

Horse Abscess Identification & Treatment

treating a painful horse abscess
Last summer, I came home after work to find my horse, Jimmy, limping in the field. To make matters worse, I had an early flight out of town the next morning. Why is it that animals always seem to have health problems right before you go on vacation? There were no scrapes or cuts on […] Read more »

Essential Fatty Acids for Horses

Essential Fatty Acids for Horses
When it comes to the equine diet, there is a lot of conflicting information about what should and shouldn’t be fed, including fat. Here, I’ll cover some thoughts on fat in the equine diet, including a discussion of omegas, unsaturated/saturated fats, and essential fatty acids (EFAs). I’ll break down why essential fatty acids for horses […] Read more »

Barn Owners – Take that Vacation!

How to prepare for a vacation as a horse owner
Barn Owners – Take that Vacation! Have you ever wanted to take a vacation as a horse owner, but in your gut you just feel that it would be best to stay home? Who is going to watch your animals and make sure everyone gets fed the correct food, the correct amount AND include supplements??! […] Read more »

Keep Your Horse Cool in the Summer

Horse drinking clean water
Five things to remember to keep your horse cool this summer…. Summer has finally arrived, and it’s time to get your horse back into a packed schedule of horse shows, trail rides, and summer camp lessons. Although many riders despise long days of horse shows in long sleeved shirts and jackets, our horses are having […] Read more »

Essential Fatty Acids for the Equine Diet

Is your horse getting enough essential fatty acid?
When it comes to the equine diet there is a lot of information, especially conflicting information, about what should and shouldn’t be fed — the same is true of essential fatty acids for horses . And once a feeding regimen has been decided on, it’s time to consider the myriad supplements the horse needs. And how […] Read more »

Preparing for the Fourth of July as a Pet Owner

Help your pets prepare for the 4th of July
With the Fourth of July right around the corner, instead of getting excited for my plans for the night, I worry about how my pets are going to react to the fireworks nearby. Below is a list of tips for both horse and dog owners to prepare for the Fourth: Know where the fireworks will […] Read more »

Preventing Founder (Laminitis) in Horses…

Hoof is inspected for preventing founder (laminitis)
In a healthy horse, the bones of the hoof are suspended by specialized tissues, called laminae, which provide stability and shock absorption. If there is inflammation or deterioration of the laminae (laminitis) and it is left untreated, there is the potential that the third phalynx bone, or coffin bone, can rotate downward toward the sole […] Read more »

6 Super Gross Facts About Ticks

6 Reasons Why Ticks Are Gross
Ticks. EWWW! The very word gives the creepy crawlies to most of us, with very good reason! Ticks, which are second only to mosquitoes worldwide in carrying and transmitting disease, have vampire-like super powers. Ticks have super strength, super stealth, and super specialized sucking abilities to steal blood from their hosts, whether their prey are […] Read more »

Why is My Horse Coughing? On Horses & Heaves

Horse coughing can be a symptom of heaves
Horse coughing is a common symptom of  heaves, an inflammatory response in the respiratory tract, often triggered by an inhaled allergen. Heaves can be compared to human asthma; however, horses with heaves will most likely not yield a diagnosis on an allergy test. Respiration becomes difficult when allergen triggers, such as pollen, dust, or mold, […] Read more »