Horse Health

Feel Comfortable About Using a Mild Sedative

April 17, 2014

DORMOSEDAN GEL® is a simple and easy tool to help with horse-health or horse-care procedures.

Oral sedatives offer horse owners another solution to their horses anxious behavior in common horse care procedures Photo courtesy of Zoetis

Oral sedatives offer horse owners another way to calm a horse during common horse-care procedures. Photo courtesy of Zoetis.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Horses can perform flawless flying lead changes and work whole herds of cattle. But routine activities such as clipping, mane pulling or shoeing some horses can be difficult to accomplish.

Zoetis helps make all of this safer for you and less stressful for your horse with DORMOSEDAN GEL® (detomidine hydrochloride) for mild equine sedation. Think of it as a humane “twitch in a tube.” Horse owners must obtain it with a veterinary prescription but can administer it themselves.

“I needed a sedative to body clip my horse but didn’t want to give him a shot or haul him 11 miles to my veterinarian for something so simple,” says Vangie Crago, a horse owner from Ephrata, Washington. ¬“My veterinarian told me about DORMOSEDAN GEL. I was able to swing by the clinic, pick a tube and administer it myself.” Read the rest of this entry »

Horse Health 411: Not All West Nile Vaccines Are the Same

April 10, 2014

Learn more about different types of vaccines and which kind might best protect your horse.

Do you know about the different types of vaccines that can help protect your horse from mosquito-borne illnesses, such as West Nile virus? Photo courtesy of Zoetis.

Do you know about the different types of vaccinations that can help protect your horse from mosquito-borne illnesses, such as West Nile virus? Photo courtesy of Zoetis.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

As mosquito season sets in, so does the threat of West Nile virus to horses. Last year, the United States reported 373 West Nile virus cases in horses.1 Texas and Oklahoma topped the charts with 60 and 41 cases, respectively.1 What can you do to help protect your horse during mosquito season this year? It seems like a combination vaccine would be the most convenient and effective way to help protect your horse. After all, a single injection helps provide a wide range of protection.

Even if your horse already received a combination vaccine this spring, the option of giving a monovalent West Nile vaccine with a combination of other boosters in the fall may help provide the added protection your horse needs to stay healthy. Read the rest of this entry »

Common Horse Hoof-Care Mistakes

April 3, 2014

Hooves are the foundation of horse health. Avoid these common missteps to help your horse put his best foot forward.

Avoid these three common hoof-care mistakes to keep your horse healthy this spring

Avoid these three common hoof-care mistakes to keep your horse healthy this spring. Journal photo.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

“No hoof, no horse.”

There is great truth in that short sentence. Yet many horse owners make simple mistakes that can compromise the health of their horses’ feet, interfering with their riding and performance goals.

To learn the three most common hoof care mistakes, we turned to Tom Curl, a specialist farrier based in Vero Beach, Florida. Tom focuses on sport horse lameness and travels extensively to work on challenging cases. Recognized worldwide as an expert in patching quarter cracks and using glue-on shoes, Tom has worked on many prominent horses, including repairing the quarter cracks that plagued champion Big Brown, winner of the 2008 Kentucky Derby. Tom has been a farrier since 1972 and was inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame in 2006. Read the rest of this entry »

Horse Training for Longevity

March 27, 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 »

Take the Stress out of Grooming and Basic Horse Health Care

March 20, 2014

Mild sedation is safer and easier than ever with DORMOSEDAN GEL® (detomidine hydrochloride).

Sometimes horses make basic health care procedures difficult for owners to perform, making it unsafe.

In some cases, mild sedatives are necessary when performing basic horse health care procedures. Courtesy of Zoetis.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Some horses simply don’t like some procedures, and if they don’t like it, their sheer size and power can make it difficult and often unsafe for them and anyone around them. Mane pulling, sheath cleaning, body clipping, hoof trimming, and changing a bandage can all be troublesome at times.

DORMOSEDAN GEL® (detomidine hydrochloride) can make one or all of these standard horse care procedures easier and safer for you and your horse. Prescribed by a veterinarian, DORMOSEDAN GEL is a mild sedative in an oral dose-adjustable applicator similar to a deworming tube that is easy and safe enough for horse owners to administer themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

Make the Best Choice

March 6, 2014

Horse-health options include FDA-approved innovator drugs, FDA-approved generic drugs, medical devices or compounded products.

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There are some important facts to consider when choosing a joint health option. Get the facts at nogenericadequan.com.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Adequan

When a horse or companion animal becomes sick or lame, you turn to your veterinarian for a diagnosis and the best, proven treatment to make your animal better.

But, just because a product is available for purchase doesn’t make it a proven product or the right product to treat the problem. So, do you treat with an FDA-approved innovator drug, an FDA-approved generic drug, a medical device or a compounded product?

In considering this question, Dr. Jeffrey Berk, a veterinarian at Equine Medical Associates in Lexington, Kentucky, says horse owners need to consider two things very carefully.

Read the rest of this entry »

Keep Show-Horse Stress at Bay

February 27, 2014

Reiner Pete Kyle uses Ulcergard to manage horse health while training and showing.

Photo by Primo Morales.

AQHA Professional Horseman Pete Kyle noticed symptoms of stomach ulcers in his mare, A Ruf Gal, prior to using Ulcergard. Photo by Primo Morales.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial

When Pete Kyle of Kyle Ranch in Whitesboro, Texas, starts planning his competition year, like any good trainer, he considers multiple variables – his amateur riders’ goals, the horses’ current levels of training, conditioning time and show scheduling. While all of those are important, there’s another consideration – keeping his show string healthy throughout the entire show season.

“You can control a lot of things – choosing which shows to attend, which level of competition the horse is ready for, even how quickly to try to move a horse along,” says Pete, an AQHA Professional Horseman, world champion, five-time U.S. Equestrian Federation gold medal winner and AQHA director. Read the rest of this entry »

Help Maintain Horse Health This Spring

February 20, 2014

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

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Vaccinating your horse can decrease his chances of contracting dangerous diseases. Courtesy of Zoetis.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

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

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

Heading into spring is an important time for vaccination and routine dental care to help keep your horse healthy. An exam before spring can help protect your horse’s health, comfort, productivity and longevity. Read the rest of this entry »

Core and Risk-Based Vaccinations for Optimal Horse Health

February 13, 2014

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

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AAEP separates vaccinations into two categories: risk-based vaccines and core vaccines. Photo courtesy of AQHA Corporate Partner 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 vaccinations into two categories: core and risk-based. Core vaccinations are those that every horse should receive at least annually, while risk-based vaccines are recommended for horses with particular risk profiles, depending on age, geography, housing or function.1 Read the rest of this entry »

Horse Health Issues: Hematomas

February 6, 2014

Learn how to recognize and treat hematomas in your horse.

A hematoma is usually caused by bleeding and will resolve itself but does need to be monitored Photo from AQHAs Fundamentals of Horsemanship

A hematoma is usually caused by bleeding and will resolve itself but does need to be monitored. Photo from AQHA’s “Fundamentals of Horsemanship.”

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

There are basically three types of swellings: non-infectious, infectious and the hematoma, which is caused by broken blood vessels. Although non-infectious and infectious swellings are forms of cellulitis (a cellular process that causes edema in the tissue), the hematoma is not. The hematoma is a localized collection of blood that is either clotted or unclotted in an area of tissue, an organ or some other body space. It is usually caused by trauma, such as a kick or bite.

Treatment of the hematoma largely depends on how long the enlargement has been present and where it is located on the horse. Hematomas located on the side of the horse are not nearly as large or as difficult to heal as those on the inside of the thigh and underneath the ventral part of the body (abdomen and chest). Read the rest of this entry »

A Horse Health Puzzle: Mares Who Act Like Stallions

January 30, 2014

Does your mare need counseling, medical attention or just some understanding?

Mares sometimes exhibit stallion-like behavior, such as teasing or displaying social dominance. Journal photo.

Mares sometimes exhibit stallion-like behavior, such as teasing or displaying social dominance. Journal photo.

By Dr. Patrick McCue in The American Quarter Horse Journal

Mares occasionally exhibit behavioral traits that are more typical of stallions, and these are usually caused by an increase in blood testosterone levels. There are several possible causes.

Pregnancy

Pregnant mares experience an increase in testosterone levels in their blood. Testosterone levels begin to rise by the fourth month of gestation and peak around the seventh month.

The source of testosterone is the fetus. During development, the gonads of male and female equine fetuses produce significant amounts of testosterone, which crosses the placenta into the mare’s blood stream. Read the rest of this entry »

Horse Knee Problems

January 23, 2014

Improper structure of the knee causes excessive stress that can lead to issues with horse health and performance.

There is a difference between bench knees (left) and a splint caused by training or injury to a horse (right). Journal photo.

There is a difference between bench knees (left) and a splint caused by training or injury to a horse (right). Journal photo.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

“You want straightness in that column of bone,” says AQHA and World Conformation Association judge Tim Finkenbinder of Collinsville, Texas. “It’s just as important as straightness in the side view. It determines how weight distribution and concussive force is handled by the leg.”

Deviation in that straightness puts undue pressure on the joints and ligaments, such as in the knee. Read the rest of this entry »