Category Archives: Equine Articles

Calming the Anxious Horse and Reducing Anxiety; How and Why It Is Important

The horse is just as prone to anxiety as we are, believe it or not.  Anxiety in the horse impacts their performance and ability to pay attention, but it also can dramatically impair their health.  The anxiety problem in the horse industry is becoming a big problem. Many horse owners are just seeking a calming supplement for their horse and some even resort to sedatives or tranquilizers.  Although some of these remedies can help, most are not getting to the root of the problem. Until you get to the main issue at hand, the anxiety and impacted performance may always be an issue of concern.

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Does My Horse Need a Supplement?

Does my horse need a supplement?  A very common question that is presented to me as a veterinarian and also one that I see on FB and other social media outlets.  It’s a good question, but as with anything when it comes to health or soundness, there is no one answer that fits every horse.  You have to define what a supplement is and its purpose.  Then, you have to look at your specific horse, their needs, your goals, and other factors that are in play.   (more…)

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Is My Horse’s Grain Creating Health Problems?

Grain.  They are a staple in the horse community.  Processed or commercially available grain products are the most popular and there seems to be a grain blend for almost any health or performance issue. Considering the popularity of these commercial grains and the concurrent rise in health problems in horses, you have to ask whether if you are truly doing good…or are you maybe doing harm? (more…)

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Understanding Curcumin and Impact for Your Horse

Turmeric and curcumin are two popular terms when it comes to herbs and health in the horse, which are really almost one in the same.  We may know about the health benefits noted in research, focusing on inflammation reduction, and have heard on the news or in social media outlets, but do we truly understand what all of that means?  Should we use these herbs and if so, in what form or even combinations?  Is there a difference between the different types and how can using them benefit my horse? (more…)

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Considerations in Equine Tendon Injuries

A tendon and ligament injury is common in the equine industry, impacting upwards of 30% of horses. Despite the injuries being common, most often result in loss of use or reduced use, especially in highly competitive industries including racing.  These injuries are often frustrating to both owner and veterinarian because healing can be slow and often incomplete, despite valiant efforts.  Can healing be enhanced and recovery improved?  The answer is always an emphatic ‘yes’, but each case can be different. (more…)

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Equine Health and the Importance of the Off Season

Equine health and soundness is critical for the competition athlete.  It is something that many struggle with during the competitive season, which then often translates into the off season with hopes of full recovery.  In many cases, the time off does allow for repair, just due to the fact of reduced stress, but for others, the problems persist. There may be more that can be done to further enhance the body and accelerate the recovery process, during that much needed time off .  (more…)

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Equine Sports Injury Management For Optimal Outcomes

A sports related injury is common in equine competitions and training.  They are expected to occur and are likely, due to the extreme stress placed upon horse joints and other supporting structures, often exceeding normal limitations.  The injuries can be a short term nuisance, but many prove to be long-term, career ending problem that drags on for years.  Management and therapy of the horse injury from both a preventative and therapeutic perspective can dictate the outcome and often improve our odds of success.  In order to understand the therapy options before you, we have to understand what is taking place within that horse. (more…)

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Getting the most out of your horse’s joint injections

Horse joint injections are all too common in today’s equine world and one of the main reasons why I opted to go to the opposite side and seek alternative options, as a veterinarian.  The most common reason for use of a joint injection is joint disease, arthritis, with the intent or purpose to alleviate pain and prolong or improve performance.  In many, use of a joint injection is warranted in one horse while in another, not so much.  In either case, if we do decide to go that route, with an injection, you need to understand the pros, the cons and what options are before you to help extend the effects of those injections.  After all, a joint injection is not cheap and does not come without harm. (more…)

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Why Is My Horse Fat?

Why is my horse fat?  That’s a good question and one that I was asked routinely during annual preventative wellness checks on my patients.  It is also a question that I get asked in emails all too frequently.  I think it is a good question and for those that ask the question, it is a sign that they recognize that a problem exists, thus opening door for correction.  An overweight horse is not a sign of good health and over time, can lead to significant health problems and increased morbidity, not to mention mortality for some.  Seeing that the problem is present is the first step, but taking the following steps to conquer the issue at hand means that we must understand some basic concepts.   (more…)

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Equine Performance & Stamina; Achieving Optimal Results

The performance of an equine athlete is vitally important whether if we are talking Dressage, Jumping, Western Pleasure, Barrel Racing or on track TB or QH racing. One of the biggest determinants of performance is stamina.  Without stamina, almost always, performance is reduced on various levels.  So, what determines one or the other? What dictates performance in that equine athlete and considering that stamina is involved, what options do we have to improve the outcome? (more…)

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