Calm Down!

Travel and competition season is upon us, and “show nerves” are common, even in horses. Agitated, nervous horses that are normally well behaved may benefit from a calming supplement. These products can contain vitamins, or minerals, or herbs, or amino acids. So, which to choose and how best to use them?  Before making a decision, consider these important points from Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.: Continue reading

Step Easy

The Western Dressage Association® of America (WDAA) is proud to announce its recent Breed Alliance Partnership with the National Walking Horse Association (NWHA).  The National Walking Horse Association shares the WDAA’s deep respect and care for the soundness and longevity of the horse as well as values the importance of education for the horse and rider team.  Continue reading

Vaccinate for Safety’s Sake!

dog-owner-vaccination-200wThe anti-vaccination movement not only threatens human health—as shown in the recent U.S. measles outbreak—but, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), it could also have devastating effects for our pets if that ideology gains a foothold in veterinary medicine. Continue reading

The Skinny on Rehab-ing

When we can offer a safe, caring home to a severely neglected horse, everyone in the horse world cheers. If you have recently adopted a rescue horse, let me first commend you for your actions. Saving a horse that is in desperate need of care and nursing him back to health can be one of the most gratifying experiences a horse owner can have. But you must be committed to giving him a lot of time and attention. The transition period is critical. He’ll need to be moved in and out of pasture throughout the day, fed hay nearly every couple of hours, and given frequent supplemental meals until he gets to where he can hold his own.  Continue reading

Celebrate your veterinarian by nominating them as America’s favorite!

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is currently seeking nominations for America’s Favorite Veterinarian, a nationwide contest to honor and recognize outstanding veterinarians for their essential role in preserving and protecting the health and well-being of our animals. Those eligible include veterinarians practicing in all areas of veterinary medicine, such as private practice, health research, public health, agriculture and academia. Continue reading

Stop Pumping Iron

Are you adding a supplement to your horse’s diet that contains iron? You may want to consider changing it if your horse is overweight, diagnosed with insulin resistance, or suffers from equine Cushing’s disease. Studies have shown a direct correlation between iron intake and insulin levels in the blood, making it an important factor in managing the diet for these horses. Continue reading