Horse Health

The Stomach to Win

September 25, 2014

Merial launches a “winning” video featuring AQHA members.

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Two out of three nonracing competitive horses have been shown to have equine stomach ulcers.1 Journal photo.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial

Western pleasure. Showmanship. Reining.

AQHA Merial Regional Championships. The All American Quarter Horse Congress. AQHA world championship shows.

Texas. Florida. Virginia.

No matter the division, level of competition or geographic area, AQHA horse people have one thing in common – they want to win.

In a new video launched by Merial, makers of Ulcergard® (omeprazole), the message is all about what happens behind the scenes before competitive horses and riders ever enter a show pen, execute a pattern or slide to a stop. View the video at thestomachtowin.com. Read the rest of this entry »

The Science Behind Adequan

September 18, 2014

How and why these intramuscular injections help safeguard horse health.

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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 »

Mount a Defense Against Equine Influenza

September 11, 2014

Vaccinations can help protect horse health heading into fall shows.

horses in stalls

At a show, your horse will be exposed to hundreds or even thousands of other horses, so he needs to be protected. Journal photo.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Traveling to events can put horse health to the test. Maybe it’s a trip to a training session or a big show like the upcoming All American Quarter Horse Congress. Unfortunately, this can be the time of year when upper respiratory disease, such as equine influenza, is all too common.

Whenever you expose your horse to other horses, you pose a risk to his health. But there are things you can do to help protect your horse from disease — most importantly, vaccination.

Without vaccination against equine influenza virus (EIV), horse owners can face a financial risk of up to $885, based on diagnostics, treatment and days of missed training.* Read the rest of this entry »

Stay Current With Horse Health Defense

September 4, 2014

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

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You can protect your horse from equine influenza and other diseases by vaccinating your horse before he is ever exposed to the virus. 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? Read the rest of this entry »

Hydration for Horse Health

August 21, 2014

Make sure your horses drink enough at home and on the road.

Encourage your horse to rehydrate after exercise by offering salted water as his first drink, followed by plain water a short while after. Journal photo

Encourage your horse to rehydrate after exercise by offering salted water as his first drink, followed by plain water a short while after. Journal photo

By Cynthia McFarland for AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

If you could snap your fingers and remove all the water from your horse’s body, there wouldn’t be a whole lot left. The average adult horse’s body contains approximately 70 percent water. In other words, there are roughly 700 pounds of water in the average 1,000-pound horse.

This makes it obvious just how important it is that your horse has a consistent source of fresh, clean water to drink at all times. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Your Horse Ready for Peak Mosquito Season?

August 14, 2014

Learn how you can help protect your horses’ health from the threat of West Nile virus.

Vaccination is the most effective way to help protect horses against West Nile and other mosquito-borne diseases, such as eastern equine encephalomyelitis and western equine encephalomyelitis. Photo courtesy of Zoetis

Vaccination is the most effective way to help protect horses against West Nile and other mosquito-borne diseases, such as eastern equine encephalomyelitis and western equine encephalomyelitis. Photo courtesy of Zoetis

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

In the United States, July through October coincides with peak mosquito activity, which places your horse at the highest risk of contracting West Nile virus during this time of year.1 However, with the right vaccine and preventive measures, it’s not too late for horse owners to help protect their horses against this life-threatening disease. Zoetis offers the WEST NILE INNOVATOR® vaccine.

West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes – which feed on infected birds – then infect horses, humans and other mammals. Last year, the United States reported 395 West Nile virus cases in horses.2 Texas and Oklahoma topped the charts with 69 and 41 cases, respectively.2 Read the rest of this entry »

Boosting Horse Health

August 7, 2014

A “one and done” spring approach might not be enough. Learn more about fall booster vaccinations.

Consult your veterinarian to learn more about which fall booster vaccinations are right for your horse. Photo courtesy of Zoetis

Consult your veterinarian to learn more about which fall booster vaccinations are right for your horse. Photo courtesy of Zoetis

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

A one-time sliding or backing lesson can help your horse in the short term, but it won’t make much of a difference in the long term. The same can be said for vaccinations. A once-a-year spring vaccination will help offer protection and can activate an immune response, but it might not be enough to combat the viral challenges of fall trips.

If your horse travels on and off the farm or boards with other horses who do, a second vaccination might be necessary to help boost immunity to acceptable levels. Protection against some diseases such as tetanus and rabies can be accomplished by boostering once a year. Others may require more frequent intervals to help provide adequate protection. Read the rest of this entry »

Tick-Borne Diseases Are on the Rise

July 31, 2014

Learn how to combat this horse health threat.

There are no vaccines for use in horses for tick-borne diseases so protecting your horse from ticks is the best way to prevent infection. Journal photo

There are no vaccines for use in horses for tick-borne diseases so protecting your horse from ticks is the best way to prevent infection. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

If a film maker wanted to find a suitable villain for a horror movie, ticks would perfectly fit that description. Well-camouflaged and opportunistic, many ticks like to lurk in dark, wooded areas and climb up tall grass to find their victims. Although tiny in size, these highly adaptable creatures are capable of transmitting bacteria, viruses and blood parasites, some of which can be life-threatening, even deadly.

There are nearly 900 tick species in the world, and unfortunately, tick-borne disease is becoming more common. At least three of those diseases can affect horses. But before you lock your horse in the barn and swear off riding in the woods forever, take heart in the fact that you can take practical steps to protect your horse – and yourself – from ticks. Read the rest of this entry »

Watch to Win

July 24, 2014

Learning about equine stomach ulcers and horse health can have some big dividends.

Because two out of three competitive horses suffer from ulcers it is important to learn all you can about equine ulcers. Journal photo

Because two out of three competitive horses suffer from ulcers it is important to learn all you can about equine ulcers. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial

Horse owners, trainers and veterinarians have a chance to win prizes while educating themselves on equine stomach ulcers. And with prizes that help address everyday challenges like safe travel, monitoring stalls and measuring heart rates, learning has never been more rewarding.

Check out the educational videos about equine stomach ulcers at http://watchtowin.ulcergard.com including: Read the rest of this entry »

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 »