Horse Health

Horse Boot Protection With Patrick Smith

June 23, 2016

Leg protection is an important aspect of horse health.

Professionals Choice Sports Medicine Boots support legs during rigorous exercise promoting long term horse health and soundness Professionals Choice photo

Professional’s Choice Sports Medicine Boots support legs during rigorous exercise, promoting long-term horse health and soundness. Professional’s Choice photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Professional’s Choice

Whether you’re a serious competitor or backyard horseman, chances are you would do anything to protect your horse from harm. When it comes to preventing ligament and suspensory injuries, using the right horse leg gear can be the determining factor in your horse’s health and soundness.

Professional’s Choice recently released a video about its Sports Medicine Boots with world champion team roper Patrick Smith. Patrick describes why he chooses VenTECH Elite boots, explains the design and shows how to put them on correctly.

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Horse Health: Leading the Horse to Water

June 16, 2016

In hot weather, increased water consumption is crucial to horse health.

By Dr. Thomas R. Lenz for The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal

Horses require large quantities of water to keep hydrated Journal photo

Horses require large quantities of water to keep hydrated. Photo by Sarah Gropper

When we discuss good horse nutrition, we often fail to recognize the most vital nutrient is water. Without it, horses die within a few days, whereas they may be able to go weeks without food.

A Horse’s Body

An adult horse’s body is composed of roughly 70 percent water, which equates to 770 pounds or 96 gallons of water for the average 1,100-pound horse. A horse’s nutritional water requirements are influenced by the horse’s body condition; the amount, type and quality of feed consumed; environmental conditions; and the level of activity or work the horse is doing. Read the rest of this entry »

Liniments Can Play a Helpful Role in Muscle Care

June 9, 2016

Improve horse health with these tips on using liniments.

Using liniments after horseback riding can ease sore muscles

Using liniments after horseback riding can ease sore muscles. 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 “old school” horsemen have 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.

Help Ease Soreness

“If a horse is body sore or stressed from exercise and competition, using a liniment can help maintain his comfort so he’s ready to perform. Keeping your horse happy and comfortable helps him both mentally and physically, and is an advantage, whatever he’s doing,” says Lana Merrick of Canadian River Quarter Horses, LLC, in Norman, Oklahoma, which she owns with partner Jim Bailey, DVM.

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Learn Proper Wound Care for Best Results

May 26, 2016

These horse-health tips can help you determine whether to call the vet or treat a situation yourself.

know the basics of horse wound care so you can be prepared in an emergency journal photo

Know the basics of horse wound care so you can be prepared in an emergency. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

Every horse owner should learn how to deal with basic emergency wound care before the veterinarian arrives. Being prepared and knowing what to do can end up being a lifesaver.

Prompt and appropriate care of a horse’s wounds is also important because it can help avoid infection and reduce scarring.

Types of Wounds

• A scrape (abrasion) can be minor to serious, depending on how deep it is and how much skin/tissue is involved.
Puncture wounds can be serious, depending on depth and location on the horse’s body. Bacteria may be introduced and tetanus can also be a concern.
• A cut (laceration) can be superficial and involve only the skin and layer of fat beneath, or it may be large and/or deep and involve nerves, tendons, ligaments and/or joints.

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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.


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 »