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Horses With Distorted Vision

December 15, 2014

Although it’s not easy to give a horse an eye exam, we do know some interesting things about distorted vision in horses.

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Has anyone ever tested to see if horses may have distorted vision like humans (myopia, presbyopia, etc.)? My dressage horse performs great in a ring where he knows where everything is, but he seems to have a little trouble focusing when in a new environment. This may just be behavioral, but it seems to be a bit vision-related. He’s out on pasture 24/7 but seems to hang very close to another horse when something is changed. He always seems to be twisting his head to get a better look.

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Mare Health After Foaling

December 8, 2014

Experts address how soon a mare can be ridden after she foals.

ask expertThe American Association of Equine Practitioners offers great advice for this mare owner. AAEP is an AQHA educational marketing alliance partner.

Question:

After a mare foals, how long will it be before she can be ridden again? And how long should I wait to breed her again? I have a 5-year-old Quarter Horse mare that foaled recently with no problems.

Answer:

As for breeding the mare, it depends on your goals for her and her offspring. In many disciplines, you want the foals born early in the year because of age and racing/showing guidelines. In many instances, people will attempt to breed back a mare on her foal heat. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Do Horses Yawn?

December 1, 2014

When horses yawn, it is not necessarily for the same reason we humans do. It could be a sign of discomfort.

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What makes a horse do his mouth like he is yawning? Is he really yawning or is it something else?

The American Association of Equine Practitioners helped us with the answer. Read the rest of this entry »

Looking the Horse in the Mouth

November 17, 2014

Sometimes judges ask exhibitors to expose the horse’s teeth. Here’s what to do if your horse is resistant to it.

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My horse won’t let me show his teeth to the judge. What do I do?

We asked AQHA Professional Horseman Jack Brizendine for advice. Read the rest of this entry »

Can a Horse Have a Heart Attack?

November 10, 2014

If horse’s don’t have heart attacks, then what is the heart condition that causes a horse’s sudden death?

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Veterinarians tell me there is no such thing as a horse having a heart attack. So what are people talking about when they say a horse died of a heart attack?

For the answer, we consulted the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Read the rest of this entry »

Feeding Underweight Horses

November 3, 2014

It can be hard for some horses to maintain a healthy weight. Get tips for keeping weight on your horse.

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My horse has a difficult time keeping weight on. I have dewormed her, fed her beet pulp as well as oats and barley, have had her teeth examined and she still is not gaining any weight. She is also blind in her left eye. What can I do to help her gain weight? She is a rescue horse.

We sought advice from the American Association of Equine Practitioners: Read the rest of this entry »

Lung Worms in Horses

October 27, 2014

Horses don’t often get lung worms, but when they do they are usually contracted from donkeys.

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My horse contracted lungworm. Is this contagious to other animals?

For the answer, we sought the advice of the American Association of Equine Practitioners: Read the rest of this entry »

Complementary Therapies for Horses

October 20, 2014

Some horses can benefit from alternative therapies such as equine massage therapy.

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What benefits are there to adding professional equine massage therapy as an adjunctive therapy for horses in rehab?

We asked the experts at the American Association of Equine Practitioners to shed some light on the subject. Read the rest of this entry »

Swelling During Pregnancy

October 13, 2014

The American Association of Equine Practitioners helps a mare owner keep his horse comfortable.

Question:

Five days ago, I went to exercise my pregnant mare and noticed some swelling in her back legs. I had not been able to exercise her for several days due to snow and icy conditions. The stable owner where she is boarded said she was just stocked up from standing in her pen and needing exercise. I have been out to exercise her every day since, and the swelling has not subsided. There is no heat in the legs and the mare does not show any lameness.

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Foal CPR

October 6, 2014

Know how to perform emergency CPR on a foal in distress.

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How do you perform CPR on a foal in distress?

Answer:

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the restoration of spontaneous circulation and breathing and is used in cases of cardiopulmonary arrest, defined as sudden cessation of spontaneous and effective respiration and heartbeat.

This most often occurs in foals suffering from asphyxia or lack of oxygen before and Read the rest of this entry »

Cold Weather Horse Care

September 29, 2014

Learn how to help ease your horse into the colder weather.

ask_expertQuestion:

What are the best ways to keep my horse healthy and warm this winter?

For the answer, we consulted Dr. Tom Lenz, past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and regular contributor to The American Quarter Horse Journal.

Answer:

Horses are inherently well equipped to handle winter, as long as they have a way to get out of the wind. In fact, horses in good body condition can withstand temperatures down to -40 degrees F without difficulty.

Here are some things to help keep your horse comfortable in the cold winter months:

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Tendon Injuries

September 22, 2014

The American Association of Equine Practitioners offers advice for a horse owner whose mare cut her tendon. AAEP is an AQHA educational marketing alliance partner.

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My 5-year-old mare cut the tendon in the front of her hind leg. Will the tendon ever heal, and will she ever be able to be ridden again?

Answer:

Extensor tendon lacerations in horses tend to have a good prognosis. It will depend, of course, on the severity of the laceration and the type of activity your horse performs.

There are a couple of reasons why extensor tendon lacerations are usually less serious than lacerations of the flexor tendon on the back of the limb. First of all, extensor tendon lacerations usually do not involve a tendon sheath. Tendon sheath involvement can result in serious infection and/or adhesion development. Read the rest of this entry »