Category Archives: Health

Why Do Horses Eat Weird Things?

Horses are not picky eaters. I mean, they’re not carnivores, so they will generally turn up their noses at a good steak (although I did run into a horse that...

Fat Horses

I hesitate to say this, but your horse may be fat. Please don’t take this personally. I’m not saying that you are fat. And I’m not trying to insult your horse. I’m...

Getting Smart on Sarcoids

You’re grooming your horse one afternoon when you notice a rough, hairless area has appeared on his jaw. Is it ringworm? A wart? Though these are certainly possibilities, it’s most...

Forage Facts

Forage is the most important ingredient in the horse’s diet, yet the choices in forage species and form are sometimes daunting. Understanding the types and physical forms of forage and...

How To Deal With Horse Obesity

It's tough to spot an obese horse when it's your own. We tend to think, "She's just big boned," or "It's her breed." Many owners aren't even sure what constitutes...

Team Therapy

Like any top level equestrian event, the Palm Beach Masters is a bustling ecosystem of equine professionals and practitioners moving in methodical bursts from one job to the next. The...

Impaction Colic: What You Need to Know

Colic is a catchall term used by horsemen to describe equine gastrointestinal distress, but there are several different causes. Impaction colic is one of the most common types, and fortunately...

Cold Weather Laminitis?

It happens every winter. A horse that may not even have a prior history of laminitis is found to be very lame and reluctant to move. It’s more than the...

Keeping the Sport Horse Sound and Fit

If anyone is uniquely qualified to offer tips for keeping the sport horse fit and sound, it's Ashlee Watts. As the director of the Comparative Orthopedics and Regenerative Medicine Lab...

Cold Weather and Stiff Horses

Research has proven that exposure to cold causes increased stiffness in both muscle and connective tissue, including tendons and ligaments. A recent human study also confirmed that dampness (relative humidity)...

Managing the Skinny Older Horse

Impending winter weather and loss of good pasture make all owners of thin senior horses anxious. Some things to consider when a horse is underweight span all age groups, but...