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.

Equine Influenza

It is that time of year, when kids are back at school and they quickly bring you home the flu bug. Well, its seems no different this year with our equine friends. There have been a few cases of the flu out there, horses with temps, snots & coughs but like most flu’s, it is usually viral and has to run its course.

Equine Splints

If you own horses, at one time or another you have probably had to deal with splints. Splints are the bony looking growth causing a bump or blemish on your horse’s leg. Splints can form on any leg but most commonly occur on the front legs as they bare the bulk of the horse’s weight. At first they can be warm, tender and painful, but usually after a period of rest they cool down, harden up, and the horse can go back to work.

Thrush, Seedy Toe & Hoof Cracks

Thrush, seedy toe & hoof cracks are three ailments of the hoof that are very common among horses.

Thrush:

Thrush is a degenerative condition of the frog which results in the accumulation of black, foul smelling, moist material in the frog clefts. In the early stages, the horse is sound. If the condition is allowed to progress and extends into sensitive tissues the horse may become lame.

Ulcers in Horses- Causes and Prevention

Is your horse generally healthy? Do you need to worry about your horse getting ulcers?

Ulcers are most commonly found in high performance horses, race horses and show horses. They can also be common in foals, especially those who have been sick and have had to be hospitalized. Not all stress to horses are caused by humans though.

Healing Horses with Herbs

I have always been a fan of alternative medicine for myself as well as for my animals. I find all too often we treat the disease and not the symptom and that leads to further complications down the road. A good friend of mine, a Registered Equine Therapist who also practices Ayurvedic medicine has given me a list of her top 5 favorite herbs that heal.