Horse Health

Sweating the Small Stuff

February 4, 2016

This vet keeps equine athletes sound and healthy by addressing minor horse-health problems before they become major.

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From AQHA Corporate Partner Adequan

As the United States Equestrian Federation Reining Team veterinarian since the 2002 World Equestrian Games, it is the responsibility of Dr. John Newcomb to keep these equine athletes at the top of their game. Read the rest of this entry »

Horse Health: Parasite Patrol

January 28, 2016

Farnam outlines your options to protect your horse from parasites.

Regular deworming is important to horse health.

Regular deworming is important to your horse’s health.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

For effective parasite control, you must have your horse on a regular deworming program. Several options are available. Pick the one that works best for you. Read the rest of this entry »

Selecting Hoof-Care Products

January 14, 2016

Your horse’s environment — wet or dry — influences his hoof health and what he needs on his hooves.

Spending time in hot, sandy soil can leave a horse with hard, dry feet. Journal photo

Living in hot, sandy soil can leave a horse with hard, dry feet. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

Without four good feet to stand on, your horse is in trouble. No matter how well bred, athletic or personable he may be, he’ll never reach his full potential if his feet can’t hold up.

While genetics do arguably play a role in equine soundness and foot quality, conscientious owners will also do everything they can to give their horses the best hoof care. Read the rest of this entry »

Train Your Eye to Spot Good Horse-Health Characteristics

January 11, 2016

When judging horse conformation, look for the good characteristics first.

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Click image for larger version.

When most people set out to evaluate a horse, they hunt for faults. Instead, AQHA Judge Jim Heird, Ph.D. says to get into the habit of first looking for what’s good about the horse.

Before you can know what you don’t like, you have to firmly establish in your mind what you do like. Start by studying the breed ideal.

“Train yourself to find the horse that most closely resembles the breed ideal, with the most positive combination of balance, structural correctness, movement and appropriate breed characteristics,” he says. Read the rest of this entry »

NSAIDs – Are You Following the Rules?

December 17, 2015

Make sure you know the horse-showing rules regarding nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Know the rules regarding NSAIDs before you adminster any at or before a show. Journal photo

Know the rules regarding NSAIDs before you adminster any at or before a show. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial

As equestrians, we expect a lot from our performance horses. Sometimes pain and inflammation of their joints can happen right before a show or competition. Before administering a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, it’s important to know the rules specific to your particular association or show. Read the rest of this entry »

Winter Care of the Broodmare

December 10, 2015

Follow these tips and help support cold weather horse health.

Retaining even a small piece of placenta can cause serious problems for your broodmare

It’s important to keep your broodmares healthy during the winter months so they can have healthy foals. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Keeping mares healthy throughout pregnancy is important for the delivery of healthy, happy foals. For owners of American Quarter Horse mares waiting for the spring foaling season, it’s crucial to remember to take extra care of them during the cold winter months. Read the rest of this entry »

Dealing with Injuries

December 3, 2015

Be armed with the knowledge and supplies to properly tend to a laceration.

Learn what to do to take care of a leg wound. Journal photo

Learn what to do to take care of a leg wound. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Depending on severity, a laceration or wound to your horse’s leg can be unsightly or potentially career-ending. Your first step should be to call your veterinarian. However, knowing what to do while you wait can improve recovery time.

Because of a horse’s natural fight-or-flight response, an injured horse’s temperament can be unpredictable which can cause him to suffer additional injury. Read the rest of this entry »

An Oral Gel Sedative Makes Routine Horse Care Easier

November 21, 2015

Prescribed by your veterinarian, given by you to safely complete horse health and management procedures.

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Dormosedan gel can help ease horse health procedures. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Good horse health care is important to ensure a productive and rewarding experience with your American Quarter Horse. However, a stressed horse can make the most routine care procedures difficult – even with horses that are typically calm. Read the rest of this entry »

Zoetis Introduces First-Ever Licensed Equine Leptospirosis Vaccine

November 19, 2015

LEPTO EQ INNOVATOR® developed specifically for horses to help prevent leptospirosis caused by Leptospira interrogans serovar Pomona.

Leptospirosis affects all regions of the country. Photo courtesy of Zoetis

Leptospirosis affects all regions of the country. Photo courtesy of Zoetis

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

This fall, Zoetis introduced LEPTO EQ INNOVATOR®, the first and only vaccine licensed in horses, 6 months of age or older, to aid in the prevention of leptospirosis caused by Leptospira pomona (L. pomona), a disease that poses devastating health risks to horses and can require costly treatments by horse owners. Read the rest of this entry »

Strangles: Corral a Common Threat to Horse Health

November 5, 2015

Using an intranasal vaccine can help prevent this complicated disease.

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Horses with a persistent strangles infection are one of the primary causes of strangles outbreaks, even in well-managed horse herds. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Here’s a situation no horse owner wants: diagnosing a disease that shows no symptoms. In the case of strangles, that’s exactly what you might be facing.

The disease caused by Streptococcus equi, more commonly known as strangles, is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection most common to young horses. Read the rest of this entry »

Unapproved Ulcer Products Are Just Bad Medicine

October 30, 2015

Equine gastric ulcers are often found in horses treated with non-FDA-approved ulcer products. Find out how to effectively protect your horse from ulcers.

Not all ulcer products are equal. Journal photo

Not all ulcer products are equal. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial

Recognizing signs of equine stomach ulcers is familiar to Dr. Carolyn Littel, an equine veterinarian from Fawn Grove, Pa. Whether it’s due to poor performance,1 decreased appetite,1 recurrent colic1 or poor body condition,1 Dr. Littel frequently treats horses with ulcers in her area, which is home to many Olympic-caliber performance horses as well as champion race horses. Read the rest of this entry »

Leptospirosis: A Hidden Threat

October 23, 2015

Equine leptospirosis can be a costly and underdiagnosed disease that can affect the entire equine industry.

Leptospirosis affects all regions of the country. Read on to learn about this bacterial infection and how it could affect your horse. Photo courtesy of Zoetis

Leptospirosis affects all regions of the country. Read on to learn about this bacterial infection and how it could affect your horse. Photo courtesy of Zoetis

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection caused by spirochetes belonging to Leptospira species. A recent nationwide study showed 75 percent of healthy horses were exposed to at least one leptospiral serovar.1 The study involved 53 veterinary clinics across 18 states. Additionally, a 45 percent seroprevalence for Leptospira bacteria was revealed in an analysis of diagnostic laboratory samples from 29 states and one Canadian province.2 Read the rest of this entry »