Emerging Diseases in the Equine Industry

Horse health is one of the most important issues in the equine industry. Just like humans, horses have their own health concerns, including emerging infectious diseases. Horses by nature are social creatures, and many travel extensively, locally, nationally or internationally through competing and global sales. This means the risk of infection has never been more prevalent. Scientists have developed vaccines and treatments for various infections, but the pathogens involved have adapted, becoming more drug-resistant and infectious. Continue reading

Drugs and Your Horse: The Dangers of Medicating

In the management of horse health, injuries and disease, conscientious horse owners would never put their horse at risk; however, improper use of some commonly administered equine drugs can impact the health and safety of our horses more than we think. Seldom does a month go by when media attention doesn’t focus on a positive drug test in the horseracing world. The news leaves many in the horse industry to shake their heads and wonder how trainers or owners could do such a thing to their animals. But did you know that the majority of these positives involve some of the more commonly used drugs that we administer to our horses on a routine basis and which can produce some pretty unsettling results?

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Ulcers No More!

Dr. Juliet Getty never stops urging horse owners to “feed your horse like a horse,” for the simple reason that a horse, fed according to his physiology and instincts, will be healthier. Dr. Getty often speaks about free choice forage feeding as the first line of defense against ulcers, but there is more an owner can do to protect his horse from the pain and stress of this condition. Continue reading

Make the Pledge

What is on your list of New Year’s Resolution? S300x600-PDZ-Salvationtay active? Lose weight? Lose the STENCH? This year, we are challenging YOU to take the pledge to stop odor in it’s tracks!

Treat your horse’s stall with Sweet PDZ (or use it your chicken coop, or your dog run, or… or… or… the possibilities are endless!). What better time than the turn of a new year to renew your commitment to safeguarding your four-legged (and two legged) companions from noxious ammonia and odors in their homes.  Continue reading

What’s Fat Got to do With It?

Horses fed a high fat diet are less reactive to startling stimuli, and have lower levels of excitability and anxiety than horses fed a more traditional grain-based diet. Fat is high in calories, so limit the amount you feed based on the horse’s weight and his caloric need. Provide no more than 10% of the total calories (8 fluid ounces or 240 ml of oil) for normally active horses. This can be doubled for the highly athletic horse. Start by adding a small amount (say, one tablespoon or 15 ml) and build up every few days. It takes 4 to 6 weeks for the horse’s cells to become accustomed to metabolizing more fat. Continue reading

Flax… It’s Back!

The benefits of ground flaxseeds are numerous. They are a good source of protein, boosting the overall amino acid pool available for tissue synthesis and repair. They contain vitamins and trace minerals. Their high lignan content (not to be confused with lignin, an indigestible fiber) gives your horse antioxidant protection against disease. And most of all, their plentiful omega 3 fatty acid content promotes health by reducing inflammation, lowering insulin, balancing immune response, and feeding hooves, skin, and hair.  Flaxseeds come in two basic varieties – golden or brown. Continue reading

An Odor Salvation!

What is on your list of New Year’s Resolution? S300x600-PDZ-Salvationtay active? Lose weight? Lose the STENCH? This year, we are challenging YOU to take the pledge to stop odor in it’s tracks!

Treat your horse’s stall with Sweet PDZ (or use it your chicken coop, or your dog run, or… or… or… the possibilities are endless!). What better time than the turn of a new year to renew your commitment to safeguarding your four-legged (and two legged) companions from noxious ammonia and odors in their homes.  Continue reading

Arena Footing Basics 101

Equestrians will agree, when it comes to arena riding, a well-appointed ring is a joy to work (and play!) in. The footing you choose for your enclosure will depend on a variety of factors and will be the most important component of a well-designed and properly constructed riding area. In this two-part article, Glynnie Walford of Martin Collins© Equine Surfaces provides the information you need to create a first-rate surface for all of your equine endeavors. Continue reading