Horse Health

Safety Tips for Trailering a Horse

July 17, 2014

It’s not just horse health you have to keep tabs on while hauling; also check the health of your trailer and tow vehicle.

Transport your horses safely  Before you pull out of the driveway  double check that your lights and trailer brakes are working correctly Journal photo

Transport your horses safely. Before you pull out of the driveway, double-check that your lights and trailer brakes are working correctly. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

Summer brings increased opportunity for travel with your equine partner, so make sure you’re doing everything possible to be safe when you hit the road together.

Many horse owners think of the trailer first, but safety starts with the tow vehicle itself, which should be regularly serviced and well maintained. Read the rest of this entry »

Make Routine Horse Health Care Easier

July 10, 2014

Prescribed by your veterinarian, given by you, this oral gel sedative is both safe and effective.

This oral gel sedative will make shoeing and grooming uncooperative horses easy. Journal photo

This oral gel sedative will make shoeing and grooming uncooperative horses easy. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Good horse husbandry is important to keep your horse healthy and productive. However, a stressed horse can make the most routine care procedures dangerous, difficult and inconvenient – even with horses that typically are calm.

If your horse is prone to nervousness or unruliness, consider administering DORMOSEDAN GEL® (detomidine hydrochloride) to help you accomplish procedures such as hoof trimming/shoeing, sheath cleaning, first-time turnout, body clipping, mane pulling and bridle-path trimming. Read the rest of this entry »

Sharing Ideas

June 26, 2014

Merial hosts the second annual Champions Summit so AQHA Professional Horsemen can learn more about horse health, best business practices and more.

During the second annual Champions Summit AQHA Professional Horsemen teamed up with AQHA Corporate Partners for a couple of days of networking and education. Photo courtesy of Merial.

During the second annual Champions Summit AQHA Professional Horsemen teamed up with AQHA Corporate Partners for a couple of days of networking and education. Photo courtesy of Merial.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial

A group of AQHA Professional Horsemen and their guests recently gathered in Nashville, Tennessee, to network with AQHA partners and one another. During the multi-day Champions Summit, sponsored by Merial, representatives from Bank of America/Merrill Edge, Markel Insurance Company, Farris Law Firm, AQHA, SmartPak and Merial provided insights on topics such as farm and horse mortality insurance, equine law, investing and retirement planning, profitability and expense management, the future of the Professional Horsemen’s group and equine health care. Read the rest of this entry »

Fly Control as Disease Preventive

June 19, 2014

Fight off pests that can carry threats to horse health.

Protect your horse with fly repellents and insecticides during fly season. Journal photo.

Protect your horse with fly repellents and insecticides during fly season. Journal photo.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

Horse owners tend to think of flies and mosquitoes as annoying nuisances. That’s certainly true, but they can also be downright dangerous, as both can spread serious and even life-threatening diseases.

Mosquitoes transmit West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalomyelitis and western equine encephalomyelitis. Flies are responsible for spreading pigeon fever, equine infectious anemia and play a role in summer sores.

Let’s take a brief look at these diseases and what you can do to protect your horse. Read the rest of this entry »

The Science Behind Adequan

June 12, 2014

How and why these intramuscular injections help safeguard horse health.

Adequan photo

A healthy equine joint is in a constant state of “wear and repair.” Adequan photo.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Adequan

We have all heard how effective Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) is, however, most of us don’t really know why and how this therapy works. It is not as complicated as it might appear, and this article will shed some light on the subject.

Adequan® i.m. is a therapy to be used for equine noninfectious degenerative joint disease (DJD), often called osteoarthritis. Equine noninfectious DJD commonly affects the knees, hocks, ankles, stifles and coffin joints. Early recognition and treatment can limit the damage and restore the normal “wear and repair balance” in the joints before permanent cartilage or bone damage occurs. Read the rest of this entry »

Before Traveling, Take Horse-Health Precautions

June 5, 2014

Biosecurity measures and immunomodulators can help limit the risk of upper respiratory disease.

photo courtesy of Zoetis

Before you and your horse go into high-risk settings, consider using an immunomodulator to help boost your horse’s innate immune system. Photo courtesy of Zoetis.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Events are prime places for horses to spread infectious diseases. It’s common to hear reports of disease outbreaks at horse shows. If you go on the road, taking simple measures to help protect your horse could mean the difference between coming home with a blue ribbon or coming home with a sick horse.

Contagious diseases endanger the well-being of horses, posing financial risk and creating anxiety for the horse owner. Horses that travel are sometimes exposed to less-than-ideal conditions, such as enclosed spaces, poor ventilation, fluctuating temperature and co-mingling with other horses. That’s on top of the stress of travel, which can weaken a horse’s immune system and can increase the risk of equine herpesvirus infection. Read the rest of this entry »

Horse Grooming Basics

May 29, 2014

A regular routine is part of good horse health care.

Horse grooming is an important factor in keeping your horse in prime condition

Horse grooming is an important aspect of keeping your horse in prime condition. Journal photo.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

There’s a lot more to grooming than just getting your horse clean.

Even if you aren’t riding that day, a thorough grooming session provides quality time for both you and your horse. It’s an excellent way to strengthen your bond with horses you can’t ride, such as those that are too young, recuperating from an injury, retired or infirm.

While grooming makes your horse look and feel better, it’s also an ideal opportunity to evaluate his health and attitude.

“You want your horse healthy from the inside out, and I value grooming as a time to look at overall condition,” says AQHA Professional Horsewoman Lynn Palm. Based in Ocala, Florida, Lynn is a popular clinician with an accomplished show ring record, having won nearly three dozen world and reserve world championships and four AQHA Superhorse titles. Read the rest of this entry »

Horse Health Videos From Merial

May 22, 2014

These new educational videos provide information on equine stomach ulcers.

Turnout and diet are two factors that can contribute to stomach ulcers in horses. Journal photo.

Turnout and diet are two factors that can contribute to stomach ulcers in horses. Journal photo.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial

With two out of three competitive horses suffering from equine stomach ulcers,1 horse owners need access to important information about:

  •  How ulcers occur
  • The clinical signs of ulcers
  •  How to prevent and treat ulcers
  •  Which products are effective

Now, this information is available in a new series of three easy-to-understand videos: Read the rest of this entry »

Is There Liniment in Your Grooming Box?

May 15, 2014

Liniments can play a helpful role in horse health, keeping muscles relaxed.

Liniments can soothe your horses muscles after strenuous exercise Journal photo

Liniments can soothe your horse’s muscles after strenuous exercise. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

A comfy recliner and a good rubdown are just the ticket when your back is aching. Your horse can’t take advantage of the recliner, but he can definitely appreciate the soothing benefits of liniment when his muscles are tired or sore.

Many an “old school” horseman has used liniment to offer relief and relaxation after a workout. The new generation of horse owners may not be as familiar with this versatile, economical product, but it definitely deserves a place in your tack room to provide temporary relief for weary muscles and minor aches and pains. Read the rest of this entry »

Zoetis Introduces New Version of EQStable™ App

May 8, 2014

User feedback prompts parasite risk questionnaire, tutorial video and personalized calendar at your fingertips.

EQStable app

Zoetis’ new app enables horse owners to create an individualized deworming program for their horses. Photo courtesy of Zoetis.

Version 3.0 of the EQStable™ app from Zoetis offers new features based on user feedback.

“EQStable app users spoke, and the Zoetis Equine Team listened,” says Kate Russo, marketing manager, U.S. Cattle and Equine Marketing, Zoetis. “The EQStable app updates are a direct result of the feedback received through the app, to offer the organization and health care information users want, in order to provide the best possible care for their horse or herd.”

The updated EQStable app is available for free at the Apple® App Store®. Among the new features is a deworming questionnaire to help horse owners determine their horse’s parasite risk profile and create an Individualized Deworming (ID) plan. Read the rest of this entry »

Develop an Insect Control Strategy

May 1, 2014

Use a variety of methods to control pests and safeguard horse health and happiness.

Fight Flies

Pest management for horses involves several steps, including the use of a fly mask. Photo courtesy of Farnam.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

If you ask horse owners to name the No. 1 insect pest, many would say “flies.” While flies can certainly be troublesome, they aren’t the only winged nuisance causing problems around the stable.

“The first step of integrated pest management is to identify the pests you’re trying to control because you can’t control all insects with the same technique. The most common mistake people make is treating all insects as if they’re the same,” says Phillip E. Kaufman, Ph.D., associate professor of veterinary entomology at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

“Some of the top pests are stable flies, house flies, biting midges and mosquitoes. Different geographic regions will have different pests or may have the same, but occurring at different times of the year,” he says. “For example, in Florida, we have stable flies from October or November until April; unless it’s wet, we don’t have them in summer. In the north, it’s exactly the opposite.” Read the rest of this entry »

“Fishing” for Better Horse Health

April 25, 2014

A South Dakota roper was surprised to learn that treating ulcers had a big impact on his horse.

Roper Kirk Ford...

Equine stomach ulcers negatively affected the way roper Kirk Ford’s horse performed at competitions. Photo courtesy of JJJ.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial

AQHA member Kirk Ford of Huron, South Dakota, nearly sold Wimpys Driftbar, the American Quarter Horse both he and his son had used for many years of amateur roping.

Although a seasoned working horse, with experience carrying both headers and heelers, “Fish” had a habit of being quite the gentleman at home – and quite the opposite at competitions. It got to be difficult for Kirk to focus on roping while trying to manage his fractious horse in the box. Consequently, very little money was being won. And Kirk was missing out on the pleasure that comes from making a really good run when horse and rider are working as one. Read the rest of this entry »