Horse Health

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 »

Sweating the Small Stuff

February 4, 2016

This vet keeps equine athletes sound and healthy by addressing minor horse-health problems before they become major.

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From AQHA Corporate Partner Adequan

As the United States Equestrian Federation Reining Team veterinarian since the 2002 World Equestrian Games, it is the responsibility of Dr. John Newcomb to keep these equine athletes at the top of their game. Read the rest of this entry »

Horse Health: Parasite Patrol

January 28, 2016

Farnam outlines your options to protect your horse from parasites.

Regular deworming is important to horse health.

Regular deworming is important to your horse’s health.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

For effective parasite control, you must have your horse on a regular deworming program. Several options are available. Pick the one that works best for you. Read the rest of this entry »

Selecting Hoof-Care Products

January 14, 2016

Your horse’s environment — wet or dry — influences his hoof health and what he needs on his hooves.

Spending time in hot, sandy soil can leave a horse with hard, dry feet. Journal photo

Living in hot, sandy soil can leave a horse with hard, dry feet. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

Without four good feet to stand on, your horse is in trouble. No matter how well bred, athletic or personable he may be, he’ll never reach his full potential if his feet can’t hold up.

While genetics do arguably play a role in equine soundness and foot quality, conscientious owners will also do everything they can to give their horses the best hoof care. Read the rest of this entry »

Train Your Eye to Spot Good Horse-Health Characteristics

January 11, 2016

When judging horse conformation, look for the good characteristics first.

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Click image for larger version.

When most people set out to evaluate a horse, they hunt for faults. Instead, AQHA Judge Jim Heird, Ph.D. says to get into the habit of first looking for what’s good about the horse.

Before you can know what you don’t like, you have to firmly establish in your mind what you do like. Start by studying the breed ideal.

“Train yourself to find the horse that most closely resembles the breed ideal, with the most positive combination of balance, structural correctness, movement and appropriate breed characteristics,” he says. Read the rest of this entry »

NSAIDs – Are You Following the Rules?

December 17, 2015

Make sure you know the horse-showing rules regarding nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Know the rules regarding NSAIDs before you adminster any at or before a show. Journal photo

Know the rules regarding NSAIDs before you adminster any at or before a show. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial

As equestrians, we expect a lot from our performance horses. Sometimes pain and inflammation of their joints can happen right before a show or competition. Before administering a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, it’s important to know the rules specific to your particular association or show. Read the rest of this entry »

Winter Care of the Broodmare

December 10, 2015

Follow these tips and help support cold weather horse health.

Retaining even a small piece of placenta can cause serious problems for your broodmare

It’s important to keep your broodmares healthy during the winter months so they can have healthy foals. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Keeping mares healthy throughout pregnancy is important for the delivery of healthy, happy foals. For owners of American Quarter Horse mares waiting for the spring foaling season, it’s crucial to remember to take extra care of them during the cold winter months. Read the rest of this entry »

Dealing with Injuries

December 3, 2015

Be armed with the knowledge and supplies to properly tend to a laceration.

Learn what to do to take care of a leg wound. Journal photo

Learn what to do to take care of a leg wound. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Depending on severity, a laceration or wound to your horse’s leg can be unsightly or potentially career-ending. Your first step should be to call your veterinarian. However, knowing what to do while you wait can improve recovery time.

Because of a horse’s natural fight-or-flight response, an injured horse’s temperament can be unpredictable which can cause him to suffer additional injury. Read the rest of this entry »