Horse Health

Before Traveling, Take Horse-Health Precautions

June 5, 2014

Biosecurity measures and immunomodulators can help limit the risk of upper respiratory disease.

photo courtesy of Zoetis

Before you and your horse go into high-risk settings, consider using an immunomodulator to help boost your horse’s innate immune system. Photo courtesy of Zoetis.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Events are prime places for horses to spread infectious diseases. It’s common to hear reports of disease outbreaks at horse shows. If you go on the road, taking simple measures to help protect your horse could mean the difference between coming home with a blue ribbon or coming home with a sick horse.

Contagious diseases endanger the well-being of horses, posing financial risk and creating anxiety for the horse owner. Horses that travel are sometimes exposed to less-than-ideal conditions, such as enclosed spaces, poor ventilation, fluctuating temperature and co-mingling with other horses. That’s on top of the stress of travel, which can weaken a horse’s immune system and can increase the risk of equine herpesvirus infection. Read the rest of this entry »

Horse Grooming Basics

May 29, 2014

A regular routine is part of good horse health care.

Horse grooming is an important factor in keeping your horse in prime condition

Horse grooming is an important aspect of keeping your horse in prime condition. Journal photo.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

There’s a lot more to grooming than just getting your horse clean.

Even if you aren’t riding that day, a thorough grooming session provides quality time for both you and your horse. It’s an excellent way to strengthen your bond with horses you can’t ride, such as those that are too young, recuperating from an injury, retired or infirm.

While grooming makes your horse look and feel better, it’s also an ideal opportunity to evaluate his health and attitude.

“You want your horse healthy from the inside out, and I value grooming as a time to look at overall condition,” says AQHA Professional Horsewoman Lynn Palm. Based in Ocala, Florida, Lynn is a popular clinician with an accomplished show ring record, having won nearly three dozen world and reserve world championships and four AQHA Superhorse titles. Read the rest of this entry »

Horse Health Videos From Merial

May 22, 2014

These new educational videos provide information on equine stomach ulcers.

Turnout and diet are two factors that can contribute to stomach ulcers in horses. Journal photo.

Turnout and diet are two factors that can contribute to stomach ulcers in horses. Journal photo.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial

With two out of three competitive horses suffering from equine stomach ulcers,1 horse owners need access to important information about:

  •  How ulcers occur
  • The clinical signs of ulcers
  •  How to prevent and treat ulcers
  •  Which products are effective

Now, this information is available in a new series of three easy-to-understand videos: Read the rest of this entry »

Is There Liniment in Your Grooming Box?

May 15, 2014

Liniments can play a helpful role in horse health, keeping muscles relaxed.

Liniments can soothe your horses muscles after strenuous exercise Journal photo

Liniments can soothe your horse’s muscles after strenuous exercise. 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 an “old school” horseman has 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Zoetis Introduces New Version of EQStable™ App

May 8, 2014

User feedback prompts parasite risk questionnaire, tutorial video and personalized calendar at your fingertips.

EQStable app

Zoetis’ new app enables horse owners to create an individualized deworming program for their horses. Photo courtesy of Zoetis.

Version 3.0 of the EQStable™ app from Zoetis offers new features based on user feedback.

“EQStable app users spoke, and the Zoetis Equine Team listened,” says Kate Russo, marketing manager, U.S. Cattle and Equine Marketing, Zoetis. “The EQStable app updates are a direct result of the feedback received through the app, to offer the organization and health care information users want, in order to provide the best possible care for their horse or herd.”

The updated EQStable app is available for free at the Apple® App Store®. Among the new features is a deworming questionnaire to help horse owners determine their horse’s parasite risk profile and create an Individualized Deworming (ID) plan. Read the rest of this entry »

Develop an Insect Control Strategy

May 1, 2014

Use a variety of methods to control pests and safeguard horse health and happiness.

Fight Flies

Pest management for horses involves several steps, including the use of a fly mask. Photo courtesy of Farnam.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

If you ask horse owners to name the No. 1 insect pest, many would say “flies.” While flies can certainly be troublesome, they aren’t the only winged nuisance causing problems around the stable.

“The first step of integrated pest management is to identify the pests you’re trying to control because you can’t control all insects with the same technique. The most common mistake people make is treating all insects as if they’re the same,” says Phillip E. Kaufman, Ph.D., associate professor of veterinary entomology at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

“Some of the top pests are stable flies, house flies, biting midges and mosquitoes. Different geographic regions will have different pests or may have the same, but occurring at different times of the year,” he says. “For example, in Florida, we have stable flies from October or November until April; unless it’s wet, we don’t have them in summer. In the north, it’s exactly the opposite.” Read the rest of this entry »

“Fishing” for Better Horse Health

April 25, 2014

A South Dakota roper was surprised to learn that treating ulcers had a big impact on his horse.

Roper Kirk Ford...

Equine stomach ulcers negatively affected the way roper Kirk Ford’s horse performed at competitions. Photo courtesy of JJJ.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial

AQHA member Kirk Ford of Huron, South Dakota, nearly sold Wimpys Driftbar, the American Quarter Horse both he and his son had used for many years of amateur roping.

Although a seasoned working horse, with experience carrying both headers and heelers, “Fish” had a habit of being quite the gentleman at home – and quite the opposite at competitions. It got to be difficult for Kirk to focus on roping while trying to manage his fractious horse in the box. Consequently, very little money was being won. And Kirk was missing out on the pleasure that comes from making a really good run when horse and rider are working as one. Read the rest of this entry »

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.


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 »