Category Archives: Health

The Deadly Deficiency

Those of us who are around horses long enough will eventually be forced to deal with the inevitability of sickness and injury. Accidents happen, horses colic, bones break. Sometimes, the...

Feeding Yearlings

Whether you are prepping for sales and halter classes or trying your best to raise a healthy and sound youngster, careful attention to nutritional needs is a key component. Yearlings...

Don’t Be a Piranha

Recently, my gelding injured his leg. He had some puffiness and low-grade lameness, so I treated it with ice wraps and stall rest with hand walking for a few days....

Managing Old Soft Tissue Injuries

Tendon and suspensory ligament injuries plague horses performing in all disciplines. Even pleasure horses and pasture ornaments may fall victim if they take the proverbial “bad step” over rough ground...

The Good Kind of Pressure

You know what’s great? When you can put your hands on your horse and make him feel better: rejuvenated when he’s tired, calm when he’s under stress, and comforted when...

The Pre-Purchase Exam and YOU

I have sold quite a few horses. Some for a lot of money, some for a little. Some which had training for years and are solid citizens at their discipline,...

Supplementing the Sweat

If you are thinking ahead to the imminent summer heat by looking at electrolyte supplements, good for you. Horses lose massive amounts of electrolytes (and water) in sweat, putting them...

The Science of Horse Poop-ology

I’ve noticed there are two kinds of people who can talk about poop without so much as batting an eye: moms and horse owners. And since I belong to both...

The Laminitis ‘Silver Bullet’

It’s perfectly natural to want a silver bullet that will instantly remove the threat of devastating health problems like laminitis, but it’s just not that simple. The latest proposed silver...

Hands On Healing

What if I told you that with patient, conscientious placement of your hands on specific areas of the horse's body, you can bring about profound change in his physical and...

Healthy Weeds for Horses

Healthy weeds. It sounds like an oxymoron, but it doesn’t have to be. You see, we, humans are quick to label any undesirable-looking plant as a weed. But to a horse or...

Do Horses Have Food Allergies?

Your immediate response would probably be, "Sure, why not?" That may well be true, but you might be surprised to find out that a true food allergy has never been formally...

Horse Rehab With Will Coleman

What a difference a year can make. Back in April of 2015, Olympian Will Coleman finished 6th overall at the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* on his then 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse...

Managing body condition with forage

Many horse owners struggle with the body condition of their horses. Some horses seem to gain condition easily others seem to eat and eat while not gaining body condition and...

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