6 Ways to Safeguard Your Horse from Laminitis

Laminitis in horses can be a very serious disease that affects the hooves of a horse and can cause lameness in all breeds of horses. Laminitis occurs when there is a cut off of blood flow to the laminae in hooves. Inflammation contributes to the weakening of these laminae and can separate the laminae where it attaches to the coffin bone over time. This disease affects the integrity of the horse’s hooves and results in pain and damage. Laminitis in …

How to Notice Whether Your Horse Needs Hock Injections

How to Notice Whether Your Horse Needs Hock Injections

It goes without saying that every horse owner wants their horse to be as healthy as possible. So when you notice that your horse hasn’t been performing well, the first thing that comes to your mind is whether there are any health issues behind it. One of the biggest health issues that can cause a decline in performance is an injury or inflammation of the hock joints. If the inflammation is severe enough, hock injections are often a necessity, and …

How to Prepare Your Mare for Breeding

How to Prepare Your Mare for Breeding

If you’ve always dreamed of breeding horses, it’s only natural that you’d want to jump right into it when you have the opportunity. Raising a foal and starting it can be intensely rewarding, and it can be a way to continue an especially close relationship with a mare past her natural lifespan. But there’s a lot of commitment and effort involved in breeding and you will have to make a lot of preparations before you can begin.

Horse Joint Health

4 Things You Need to Know about Horse Joint Health

There are different kinds of horse owners, all with varying opinions. You may disagree about what kind of riding equipment to use, how to care for your horses, or even what to feed your horses. But the one thing that every horse owner would agree on is that horse joint health is vital when caring for a horse. We are all painfully aware that musculoskeletal injuries such as joint problems could render our horses lame, limiting their athletic longevity.

Warmer Weather Reminders for Horse Owners

What area of the US are you in? Whether you are in the Northern half or the lower half of the Unites States, I think we can all agree that warmer weather is a GOOD thing! Memorial Day weekend is almost here and that means pools will open and summer will quickly be here. But what else does it mean for many people around the world? It means that pleasant and warm horseback riding is upon us! It also means …

Help for Nervous, High-Strung, or Muscle-Tight Horses

A horse that’s nervous, jumpy and easily distracted is hard to train, difficult to work with and dangerous to be around. While some horses are born nervous, others may suffer from deficiencies of thiamine or magnesium. Symptoms of magnesium and thiamine deficiency Among the symptoms of low magnesium are nervousness, muscle tremors, a lusterless hair coat and intolerance to work or exercise; thiamine deficiency may be expressed in nervousness, irritability, excitability, elevated blood lactate and pyruvate, and muscle cramping. Both …

Get in the Groove and Move!

I had the vet out recently to take care of a serious wound on my 3 year old and to clean a swollen sheath on an old gelding. She has been on many colic calls recently and she attributed much of the colic to lack of movement. We got to chatting about how horses are not meant to stand still. She reiterated that all of a horse’s body systems need regular movement to remain healthy, especially the digestive and lymphatic. …