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Tips on Preventing Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Your Horse

With summer in full swing you may think that the summer is winding down, but did you know that August is also peak season for mosquitoes?

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Keeping Your Horse's Gut Healthy

Did you know? Gastric ulcers are a problem to many performance horses, and affect up to 60% of show horses and 80-90% of racehorses. As the weather changes and we transition from winter into spring, staying on top of your horse's gut health is crucial. 

Gastric equine ulcers typically cause mild to moderate nonspecific symptoms such as:

  • Poor performance
  • Poor body condition
  • Poor quality haircoat
  • Teeth grinding
  • Biting at the sides
  • Mild intermittent colic and reluctance to finish a meal.
While these symptoms may appear mild, gastric ulcers are a significant source of pain and discomfort for affected horses. Certainly, people with stomach ulcers can relate!
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Spring Horse Training Tips: Key to Using Horse Liniments

Spring is near which means we will be riding and traveling more to horse shows, clinics and other fun events in the near future! Unfortunatly this can also mean an increased amount of stress on our horse's muscles and joints. Every horse can benefit from proper muscle care.

Muscle soreness, stiffness and swelling are common conditions that can be avoided or reduced when you implement a muscle care regimen into your daily riding routine. When used properly, horse liniment can help horses recover from work and continue training.

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Ask the Farrier: Horse Founder

Corrective hoof care is a must for the foundered horse.

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Hidden Dangers: Keeping Horse Founder at Bay

As horse owners, we can all appreciate the sight of horses grazing on a lush green pasture! But there are dangers that can lurk in those lush pastures. A common cause of laminitis in horses is the beautiful green grasses of spring and summer.

What is Laminitis?

Laminitis in horses is a painful inflammation of the tissue within the foot that connects the hoof wall to the coffin bone. In severe cases, the coffin bone inside the hoof tears away from the hoof wall and rotates downward. This rotation is called horse founder.

Click here to learn how to prevent founder in your horse.

When considering diets for horses that are laminitic (horses prone to founder or already foundered), there are two distinct types of horses: those who founder due to a change in diet and those who founder due to other causes (colic, hormonal imbalance, etc.).

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Swing into Spring! Tips to Prevent Founder in Horses

Spring is approaching...a time when the grass turns green, the flowers bloom, and the sun shines. While it may be picturesque to see our horses out grazing on lush spring pasture, an abrupt switch from hay and brown pasture over the winterto the green grass of spring can cause a major disruption in the horse's GI flora potentially causing colic and/or founder in horses.

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