Category Archives: Health

Let’s Talk X-Rays

If you’ve been around horses for any length of time (usually measured in minutes), you’ve probably heard that a horse needs X-rays (hopefully, it wasn’t yours).   And while you...

Cold Weather Care

Although southern California is a pretty balmy place in which to keep a horse, not everyone is so lucky.  Fortunately, while wintertime means that people are breaking out the down...

The Problem with Overdiagnosis

I ran across a thought-provoking article in the November 2014 edition of the human medical journal, Pediatrics. ASIDE: Yes, I have other things to do. The article is called, “Overdiagnosis:...

7 Rules for Buying a Horse

I have had the opportunity to conduct a lot of presale/prepurchase exams. You know, the exam that you’re almost obliged to schedule prior to making one of the most important...

Managing Heat Stress in Horses

Summer has arrived, and with it comes hot, humid temperatures. Toasty summer days aren’t merely a discomfort for horses, they can be downright dangerous. Heat stress, or the more serious...

Ulcers (Are Giving Me Ulcers)

I think that it was somewhere in the late 1980s that I first heard that horses got stomach ulcers. It was interesting—curious, actually—to find out that horses had ulcer problems...

Does Your Horse Need Electrolytes?

It’s summer, aka the sweatiest time of the year. Hooray! And while sure, there are things to enjoy (like swimming, ice cubes, and air conditioning), outdoor activities such as barn...

A Honey of a Wound Treatment

There’s something really sweet that you might want to consider putting on your horse’s wound. Literally:  sweet. You may have some in your kitchen—honey. Honey is being investigated for its...

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