Horse Health

Core and Risk-Based Vaccinations Needed for Optimal Horse Health

February 19, 2015

Help evaluate and understand your horse’s risk for disease.

Combination vaccinations can help protect your horse from mosquito-borne illnesses, such as West Nile virus. Photo courtesy of Zoetis.

Understanding diseases and different vaccine combinations can help you make educated decisions about the health of your horses. Photo courtesy of Zoetis.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Horse owners know how important it is to help protect our American Quarter Horses against disease with annual vaccinations. However, it’s also important to understand what specific diseases you need to protect your horses against and when.

To learn more about those diseases, the American Association of Equine Practitioners has published guidelines that serve as discussion points with your veterinarian. They break these Read the rest of this entry »

Help Maintain Horse Health This Spring

February 5, 2015

Team up with your veterinarian for proper vaccination, deworming and dental care.

Prepare your horse for spring riding by taking care of vaccinations, deworming and dental care. Photo by zoetis

Prepare your horse for spring riding by taking care of vaccinations, deworming and dental care. Photo by Zoetis

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

This time of year, many of us are indoors more than we like. We long for warmer days to prepare for the spring riding season.

But now is a great time to do something important to help your horse: Schedule basic veterinary-care services now so that when spring arrives, you can hit the ground running.

Heading into spring is an important time for vaccination, deworming and routine Read the rest of this entry »

Winter Horse Health

January 29, 2015

Keep your horse happy and healthy this winter so he’s ready to go when better horseback-riding weather hits.

A 1200 pound horse requires 12 to 15 gallons of water per day in cold weather Journal photo

Hay quality may be diminished in the winter, so feeding a concentrate is often necessary. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Nutrena

Winter conditions, particularly in locations farther north, can definitely take a toll on horses. Bitter cold temperatures and biting winds, combined with the dampness of snow, sleet and rain, can all cause a horse to require more energy than normal to maintain his body condition.

Unfortunately, it’s also a time when horse owners miss the early signs that the cold is causing problems. A horse’s body condition can be disguised by a fluffy winter coat, and perhaps a warm blanket, not Read the rest of this entry »

Sweating the Small Stuff

January 22, 2015

This vet keeps horse athletes –  such as the U.S. reining team — sound and healthy by addressing minor horse-health problems before they become major.

The Games are September 25 through October 10 in Lexington, Kentucky.

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. And for all the horses under his care, Dr. Newcomb, of Equine Veterinary Services in San Diego, California, works to catch issues Read the rest of this entry »

Stay Current With Your Defense Against Equine Influenza

January 15, 2015

Don’t let new strains make you doubt your horse’s disease protection.

Photo courtesy of Zoetis

Photo courtesy of Zoetis

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Equine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease that causes fever, coughing and nasal discharge.1 Treating it can cost you money. Recovery can cost you time away from training and competition.

The best method for helping to protect your horse against equine influenza virus is to vaccinate before exposure. But over time, new EIV strains can appear in circulation. So how can you trust that your horse is protected against the current EIV strains?

To support current protection, the World Organisation for Animal Health encourages vaccine manufacturers to work with laboratories that can test for reactivity against the current circulating strains.2 Read the rest of this entry »

The Horse-Health Highway

December 4, 2014

Tour the equine digestive tract and learn how your horse’s feed goes from Point A to Point B.

Where does your horses food go after it leaves his bucket

Where does your horse’s food go after it leaves his bucket? Illustration courtesy of Nutrena

From AQHA Corporate Partner Nutrena

Ever wonder how your horse’s digestive system works? What goes on in there? Why is it so sensitive? And why should I divide the feed ration into two or three feedings per day? Let’s take a closer look to better understand the equine digestive tract:

Mouth & Teeth

Teeth are the beginning of the entire process. Designed to grind foodstuffs into smaller pieces, the act of chewing also stimulates three glands in the mouth to produce saliva. These glands can produce up to 10 gallons per day of saliva. The saliva contains bicarbonate (a natural acid buffer) and amylase (assists with carbohydrate digestion). Read the rest of this entry »

Horse-Health Warnings

November 16, 2014

What do recent FDA warnings to equine stomach ulcer product manufacturers mean?

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial

Consumers should be vigilant when it comes to treating their horses with a product - which means they should invest time researching whether or not a drug has received FDA approval. Journal photo

Consumers should be vigilant when it comes to treating their horses with a product – which means they should invest time researching whether or not a drug has received FDA approval. Journal photo

In late October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to multiple marketers of products claiming treatment of equine stomach ulcers, including:

  • Horse Gold, Inc. – GastroMax3
  • HorsePreRace – Omeprazole Oral Paste, Omeprazole/Rantidine Oral Paste
  • TriLStar Equine – Gastrotec
  • Douglas J. Gordon, Teton Equine – UlcerCure OTC
  • Cox Veterinary Laboratory, Inc. – Gastroade Xtra
  • Ceva Animal Health Pty Ltd. – Omoguard Paste
  • Abler, Inc. – AbGard, Abprazole, Abprazole Plus, Abler Omeprazole
  • Multivet USA, Inc. – Gastro37 OTC

The FDA admonished all of them for promoting their products “for use in the mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease in animals.”1-8 Read the rest of this entry »

Strangles: Corral a Common Threat to Horse Health

November 6, 2014

Using an intranasal vaccine can help prevent this complicated disease.

horse herd

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. Symptoms can include fever, difficulty swallowing, abnormal breathing, nasal discharge, swelling and/or abscesses of the lymph nodes.1 The disease can spread quickly and is easily transmitted through direct animal-to-animal contact or by objects – buckets, bridles or human hands – that may have come in contact with infected horses.

“Commonly, a horse with strangles will have profuse nasal discharge and swollen submandibular lymph nodes,” says Dr. Kevin Hankins, senior Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t let Stressful Situations Compromise Horse Health

October 30, 2014

An immune booster can help decrease upper respiratory disease in horses.

gray halter horse

After investing all that time and money preparing for that big event, don’t let your stressed horse become a sick horse. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

The combination of travel, unfamiliar environments, exposure to other horses, breeding and competing can stress your horses. And often, a stressed horse can become a sick horse – particularly from upper respiratory disease, caused by equine herpesvirus Types 1 (EHV-1) and 4 (EHV-4) – and add stress for you.

Whether you’re planning your trip to the AQHA World Championship Show in November or training sessions and weekend trail rides with friends this fall, your horse’s health could be at risk. These equine activities can involve mingling among many horses with unknown health status, which can cause the spread of equine respiratory disease. That could cost you time and money. Read the rest of this entry »

Horse Training for Longevity

October 23, 2014

A German trainer builds a reputation for safeguarding horse health. Preventing ulcers is a big part of that.

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Sebastian Petroll keeps his horses at the top of their game for a long time by keeping them in peak health. Waltenberry photo.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial

Once Sebastian Petroll arrived in the United States from Germany in 2001, it didn’t take long for him to become a household name in reining circles.

In fact, since then, not only has he captured multiple titles and become a sought-after trainer, but he has also earned his National Reining Horse Association judge’s card.

What led to his arena success and the recognition by his peers? Sebastian trains his horses for longevity and has developed a reputation for having horses that last. Read the rest of this entry »

Sand Colic

October 16, 2014

Prevention is best when it comes to this horse health threat.

horses grazing

When a horse eats from the ground, he can ingest sand or dirt, which could cause sand colic. Journal photo

By Cynthia McFarland for AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

If you don’t live in Florida or the desert Southwest, you probably think your horse isn’t at risk for sand colic. Think again.

When a horse grazes on short, sparse pasture or is fed hay on the ground, he can ingest sand or dirt. Some horses – especially foals – actually develop a fondness for eating soil, a behavior known as “geophagia.”

Depending on how much is consumed, the sand can accumulate in the horse’s ventral colon and cecum. In regions of the country where sandy soil is common, it’s not unusual for horses to have small amounts of sand in the intestinal tract. Read the rest of this entry »

Winter Care of the Broodmare

October 9, 2014

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.

In winter, pregnant mares need to maintain healthy nutrients in their diets and sustain their body condition. They won’t have the benefit of lush grass to supplement their diets, so ensuring that they have a supply of quality hay can help them maintain optimal body condition. Read the rest of this entry »