Horse Health

Avoid a Hay Belly

May 19, 2016

Improve horse health in your barn by identifying, treating and preventing hay bellies.

Understanding the cause of a hay belly in horses will help you make educated feed choices. Journal photo

Understanding the cause of a hay belly in horses will help you make educated feed choices. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Nutrena

Despite regular exercising and balanced feeding, does your horse still look like he or she is in need of a “tummy tuck?” If you’ve ruled out post-colic surgery effects, parasites and broodmare belly as the cause of the large gut, then it’s likely your horse has a nutritional imbalance. We’ve outlined answers to common questions so you can identify, treat and prevent a hay belly in your horse.

Q: How can I tell if my horse has a hay belly?

A: A hay belly is typically easy to recognize in young and mature horses alike. A hay-bellied colt or filly displays a big belly while the rest of their body looks small. A mature horse will often have a midsection that hangs low, yet their ribs are visible, and they will lack defined muscling across their hindquarters.

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Pre-Purchase Exams

May 12, 2016

Follow these horse-health tips when looking to buy a horse.

Find out what is involved with a pre-purchase exam.

By Hailey Harroun, former AQHA intern

  • Pre-purchase exams are necessary to ensure the health and soundness of a horse you are considering buying.
  • Pre-purchase exams should be performed by a licensed veterinarian before the actual sale is completed.
  • To ensure an objective third-party opinion with your best interests in mind, choose a veterinarian you know and trust to perform the exam.
  • The pre-purchase exam should include a lameness test on all four legs; dental exam to verify age and evaluate tooth health; eye exam; heart, lung and digestive system evaluation; and full body exam to check for old injuries, scars, etc. that might cause problems in the future.
  • If the veterinarian finds potential health problems, you might want to reconsider your decision to buy the horse. Evaluate the risks and costs associated with the problem, determine if the problem will interfere with the intended use of the horse and decide if the total cost is worth the investment. Read the rest of this entry »

Get Tough on Flies

May 5, 2016

These pests can threaten horse health, so it’s important to get them under control.

Dont take chances when it comes to pesky flies

Don’t take chances when it comes to those pesky flies and take the steps needed to protect your horse. AQHA photo.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

It’s a fact of life. If you have horses, you have manure. If you have manure, you’re most likely going to have flies.

Flies not only annoy and stress animals, but they can also carry contagious diseases from one horse to another. Even nonbiting flies can be a source of irritation and annoyance. Fortunately, there’s something you can do about eliminating many of those pesky insects. Read the rest of this entry »

Gastroscopy 101

April 28, 2016

A horse-health primer on what to expect if your veterinarian suggests a gastroscopic examination.

The American Quarter Horse proves itself a jumping horse at the Ford Youth World. (Journal photo). Scroll to the bottom to see more photos.

Staying aware of your horse’s health and comfort is crucial, especially when that horse is competing regularly. Journal photo.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial

Did you know two out of three non-racing competitive horses have stomach ulcers?1 How do you know if your horse has stomach ulcers? Signs such as poor performance, decreased appetite, recurrent colic or poor body condition2 may point to stomach ulcers, but how do you get a definitive diagnosis? Read the rest of this entry »

The Stomach to Win

April 22, 2016

Merial is committed to bringing quality products to performance horse owners that improve horse’s health and well-being.

Take a look at Merial’s new and improved packaging for ULCERGARD and GASTROGARD. Merial photo

Put your horse’s health and well being first by regularly screening them for ulcers and using ULCERGARD and GASTROGARD for your go-to ulcer remedy and prevention. Merial photo.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial, with contributions from Camille Graupman, AQHA Digital Marketing Intern.

Equine stomach ulcers can be a simple diagnosis with major repercussions. Stressors like limited turnout or grazing, travel, competition or even a change in horses’ daily routine can increase their chances of developing stomach ulcers. Read the rest of this entry »

Emergency Horse Health Care: How to Stop Bleeding

April 14, 2016

Remain calm, call the vet and follow these steps to keep your horse safe.

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Know what steps to take when your horse could be in an emergency situation. Journal photo

By Cynthia McFarland for AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

Every horse owner should know what to do if an injury occurs. In an emergency, such knowledge could save your horse’s life.

No matter how the injury occurred, whenever a wound is bleeding, your first concern is to limit blood loss. You may have already called the veterinarian, but until help arrives, you need to take action. Read the rest of this entry »

Horse Health 101: Equine Joints

April 8, 2016

The FAQ’s of Degenerative Joint Disease and Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan)

Journal photo

Know the facts when treating your horse’s degenerative joint disease. Journal photo

Answered By Dr. Marian Little, DVM, Technical Services Veterinarian, Luitpold Pharmaceuticals

Q: Is there a specific equine conformation type that may be more likely to develop non-infectious degenerative joint disease (DJD)? Read the rest of this entry »

Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan): The Winning Formula for Champions

March 31, 2016

For optimum performance, a horse’s joints must be happy and healthy. Adequan® i.m. has been striving to meet this equine industry need for nearly 30 years.

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Don’t take chances on your horse’s joint health. See what Adequan® i.m. can do for your American Quarter Horse. Journal Photo

By Betsy Labelle and Audrey Bolte for AQHA Corporate Partner Adequan®

For the past 27 years and counting, Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, manufacturer of Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), has been dedicated to advancing joint health in the equine industry. Veterinarians and horse owners have depended on Adequan® i.m. to help improve joint function in the face of degenerative joint disease. Read the rest of this entry »

Horse Wound Care Tips

March 24, 2016

Horse health tip: Staying prepared and being aware of your horse’s well-being is a sure way to keep them healthy and happy.

You or your vet should take action when your American Quarter Horse encounters an injury. Gabe Trevizo illustration

You or your vet should take action when your American Quarter Horse encounters an injury. Gabe Trevizo illustration

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

Tip No. 1: Be Prepared

Cuts and wounds are inevitably going to happen to your horse. Are you prepared? Wounds require immediate attention and first-aid treatment, and serious wounds should be treated by a veterinarian.

Every horse should have an annual physical exam, and this is the ideal time to ask your veterinarian about how to handle emergency wound care.

A good veterinarian will want you to ask questions and be happy to answer them. Read the rest of this entry »

Leather Care

March 10, 2016

Clean that saddle properly and make it last

Caring for your expensive leather is easy with these tips from Farnam. Journal photo

Caring for your expensive leather is easy with these tips from Farnam. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

Thousands of years ago, someone figured out that strapping a piece of animal hide to their horse’s back made riding more comfortable. Saddles have certainly come a long way since those first primitive incarnations. They also cost a lot more.

Today’s horse owners often have significant investments in tack and equipment. A quality, well-made saddle should last far longer than the horse you’re currently riding. With proper care, it can easily last your lifetime. Read the rest of this entry »

Equine Ulcer Protection

February 25, 2016

Ulcergard® (omeprazole) and Gastrogard® (omeprazole) have a new look with updated dosing instructions but the same protections for horse health.

Take a look at Merial’s new and improved packaging for Ulcergard and Gastrogard. Photo courtesy of Merial

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial

For more than 10 years, veterinarians, horse owners and trainers have trusted Ulcergard® (omeprazole) for the prevention of equine stomach ulcers1, and Gastrogard® (omeprazole) for the treatment2 of them. That’s because they are the only proven and FDA-­approved products for gastric ulcers in horses3. Read the rest of this entry »

Equine Wound Care

February 11, 2016

Cuts and lacerations can be a serious threat to horse health; make sure you know to how to handle them and when to call the vet.

Photo courtesy AQHA

Photo courtesy of AQHA

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

Whether your horse is at home, in the trailer, on a trail ride or at a competition, there’s never a “good” time for an injury. But because accidents can and do happen, you should know ahead of time what to do when your horse gets hurt. Read the rest of this entry »