Horse Health 101: Equine Joints

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

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

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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)? Continue reading “Horse Health 101: Equine Joints”

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

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.

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. Continue reading “Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan): The Winning Formula for Champions”

Horse Wound Care Tips

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

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. Continue reading “Horse Wound Care Tips”

Leather Care

Clean that saddle properly and make it last

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. Continue reading “Leather Care”

Equine Ulcer Protection

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

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. Continue reading “Equine Ulcer Protection”

Equine Wound Care

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

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. Continue reading “Equine Wound Care”

Sweating the Small Stuff

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

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. Continue reading “Sweating the Small Stuff”

Horse Health: Parasite Patrol

Farnam outlines your options to protect your horse from parasites.

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. Continue reading “Horse Health: Parasite Patrol”

Selecting Hoof-Care Products

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

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. Continue reading “Selecting Hoof-Care Products”

Train Your Eye to Spot Good Horse-Health Characteristics

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

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. Continue reading “Train Your Eye to Spot Good Horse-Health Characteristics”

NSAIDs – Are You Following the Rules?

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

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. Continue reading “NSAIDs – Are You Following the Rules?”

Winter Care of the Broodmare

Follow these tips and help support cold weather horse health.

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. Continue reading “Winter Care of the Broodmare”