To de-worm or not de-worm…..

There is a lot of information out there about which dewormer to use, which to stay away from or whether to deworm at all. Would a ‘natural’ dewormer such as diatomaceous earth do as well? Is natural better? I recall from wildlife medicine that the main disease problem of wildlife is parasitism. Do we want that for our fourlegged friends by going ‘natural’. Predation is also natural and I doubt anyone would accept that fate for their horse. Worms can and do cause serious, even fatal disease in horses.

Learn to Recognize your Horse’s Dental Problems

Horses with dental problems may show obvious signs, such as pain or irritation, or they may show no noticeable signs at all. This is because some horses simply adapt to their discomfort. For this reason, periodic dental examinations are essential to your horse’s health.

Spring Horse Care Tips!

It’s springtime again and with the good weather brings good pastures and the desire to get riding again after resting all winter. Here are a couple of basic spring care tips to help keep your trusty mount healthy as we move into spring and prime riding and show season.

Your Horse’s Respiration & Pulse

Another indicator of how your horse is feeling is his respiration, or rate of his breathing. This can best be judged by looking at the back part of his rib cage and flank. The normal range varies from 21 to 21 respirations per minute. It is interesting to note that when a horse is feeling good, his respiration will pause briefly from time to time, much as if he is holding his breath. If he isn’t feeling well, he will breathe at a faster rate and his respiration will jump from to 30, 40 even 50 beats per minute

Your Horse’s Skin – Keeping It Healthy

Although a horse’s skin or hide is very tough, it is also a rather complicated, sensitive, and many layered structure. Various skin problems are often encountered, some serious, some mild. Most important to the cure of any of these disorders is early recognition and treatment to arrest the problem before it comes severe. Cinch or [...]

Taking Your Horse’s Temperature

Once the determination has been made that something is wrong with your horse, his temperature should be taken. This is something that any horse owner can easily do. It is not done orally, as with the adult human, but rectally as with infants. Although there are veterinary thermometers, almost any ordinary human thermometer can be used for this job.

Horses and Injuries – Hazards You Can Avoid

The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly applies to horse wounds. Let’s look at it from the standpoint of man-made hazards that produce so many terrible wounds. If the hazards were removed, much of the first aid we have to administer to our horses on a regular basis would not be necessary. How nice would that be? A lot less in vet bills, heart ach and stress.

Winter Horse Care Tips

I love the cold days; no mud! No rain! It makes practice so much nicer. Not as nice as a dry summer day but sure beats the rain. It does however come with some challenges as I’m sure you are aware of. Below are some things to bear in mind in the winter months.

Grooming – Getting Ready for a Show

There is nothing one can do to make an unsound or unhealthy animal look good. If your horse is temporarily under the weather, keep him home. Make sure your horse is well fed, well watered and well loved. With this as a foundation, there is a tremendous amount you can do to make him look like a million dollars.

Horses Trapped or Cast

Because the individual circumstances may vary so much with horses that are trapped or cast, it is difficult to outline a set of rules with would apply in all cases. In general, in all cases, you should remain calm and use common sense.

One of the most common and often less serious situations is when the horse becomes cast in his stall. In instances where this happens and his legs are free, the horse can usually be rolled over by looping a rope over a front or hind leg, or both when possible.