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Eight Summer Health Concerns

Warm weather and sunny days bring some specific changes to your horse's health. Here's what to be on watch for this season. ... MORE
The most important single factor in preventing heat stress is providing plenty of clean, fresh water and trace mineralized salt to all horses. Journal photo.

Heat Stress in Horses

As temperatures rise this summer, monitor your horse's health closely. ... MORE
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10 Tips to Protect Your Horses from Insects

Follow these tips to protect your horses from insects and parasites and make your property less fly-friendly. ... MORE
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When Your Horse Needs Electrolytes

These common minerals work together to maintain physiological equilibrium in a sweaty horse, a critical job that is surprisingly easy for you to help with. ... MORE
A horse’s daily salt requirements can more than double during the hot summer months. Journal photo.

Salt for Horses in High Temps

Id you’re horse showing in the heat, these tips can help your horse stay hydrated. ... MORE
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Protect Your Horse from Sunburn

Sunny days can lead to sunburn in horses. Take these steps to protect his sensitive skin. ... MORE
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How to Stimulate Your Horse’s Thirst

Sometimes it's important to make your horse drink (even if he doesn't want to) to avoid dehydration. ... MORE
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Wounds: Nightmare or Nuisance?

Learn how to tell the difference between a surface wound and a severe laceration—and what steps you should take when your horse is wounded. ... MORE
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Be Prepared for an Equine Emergency

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) offers these tips to help you prepare for any equine emergency. ... MORE
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How to Curb A Cribbing Horse

Here’s the latest research on this strange, incurable behavior, including possible cribbing causes, cribbing dangers and myths, plus seven ways to manage cribbing. ... MORE
Even when provided the option of shelter, your horses may prefer to stand outdoors in winter weather. © EQUUS Magazine

Winter Shelter for Pastured Horses

Although horses are highly adapted for cold weather, those who live outdoors may still need some shelter from harsh winter weather. ... MORE
A horse's brain is hardwired for survival and works much differently from the brain of normal humans.

What’s Your Horse Thinking?

Animal scientist Temple Grandin, PhD, offers insights into your horse’s thoughts and feelings—and how they affect his behavior. ... MORE
Your horse may enjoy it, but that cold air and snow can set the state for skin problems. Horse Journal

Equine Winter Skin Care

Nip problems before they become major issues, looking deeply into that long winter coat. ... MORE
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Beware the Wind!

Here's how to protect your horses from winter's wicked winds. From EQUUS magazine ... MORE
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Preventing Fall and Winter Colic

Colic, which is actually not a disease itself but a sign of stomach pains, can be caused by many different factors so it is well worth every horse owner’s time to learn all they can about prevention of this syndrome. ... MORE
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Quench Your Horse’s Winter Thirst

Dehydration is your horse’s worst enemy. Here’s how to help keep your horse hydrated all winter long. ... MORE
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Make the Most of Winter Turnout for Your Horse

With 8 simple precautions you can safely keep your horse outside—where he’s happiest and healthiest—even when the wind blows and the snow falls. ... MORE
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Your Aging Horse: Conditioning

Just as in people, the benefits of exercise for aging horses are myriad and self-reinforcing. From EQUUS magazine ... MORE
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15 Pointers for a Healthier Horse

Keep your equine friend healthy (and happy) with this horse-management makeover. From Horse&Rider magazine ... MORE
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Equine Winter Skin Care

Nip problems before they become major issues, looking deeply into that long winter coat. ... MORE
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To Blanket Your Horse…or Not?

It’s on again, off again when you choose to play the blanketing game. Lots of factors will determine whether your horse needs to dress for winter. ... MORE
During your horse’s twilight years, don’t just turn him out to fend for himself — especially in a herd situation. Daily care and monitoring are important.

Aging Gracefully

Thanks to advances in management and veterinary care, our horses are living longer than ever before. Learn what your senior citizen needs to enjoy his golden years. ... MORE
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First Frost Reminders

The first frost of autumn marks the arrival of some short-term seasonal health hazards that bear watching. ... MORE
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This Holiday Season: A True Gift for the Senior Horses

For owners of senior horses, who dedicate themselves to assuring that their old friend will always have a forever home, finding ways to make winter more comfortable is the greatest gift of all. ... MORE
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The Companion Horse

Can't keep your senior horse at home, but don't want to give him up? Find him a new home as companion horse. ... MORE
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Video: Understanding Laminitis

The non-profit Animal Health Foundation and Dr. Donald Walsh offer the latest practical and scientific information to help you and your horse avoid or overcome laminitis in its many forms. ... MORE
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Video: Preventing Cribbing

What is cribbing, and how can you prevent it? ... MORE
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Limber Your Senior Horse by Stretching

A series of on-the-ground stretches for legs and neck will do wonders for the older horse. ... MORE
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Selecting an Equine Veterinarian

Select the right veterinarian for you and your horse, with these expert guidelines from the American Association of Equine Practitioners. ... MORE
In 2010, Paige Nevils and her 28-year-old gelding, Docs Some Boss, competed at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. Journal photo.

Older-Horse Health Care

Take time for TLC when traveling with your aged horse. ... MORE
Wounds in locations where the skin in highly mobile may benefit from the extra stability a bandage can provide.

When to Bandage Your Horse’s Wound

Consider these three criteria when determining if a wound on your horse would be better off bandaged. ... MORE
The day after a hard workout, a horse will benefit from turnout in a quiet place to rest.

Follow-up Care for Hardworking Horses

Whether it was a full-day show, or a long trail ride, here's how to care for your horse the day after a taxing ride. ... MORE
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How to Wrap a Hoof Injury

Here's how to apply a hoof bandage that will stay put and keep the wound clean. ... MORE
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Ten Hoof Care Tips to Help Keep Your Horse’s Hooves Healthy and Strong

Certified journeyman farrier Chris Volk give these ten tips for Practical Horseman magazine. ... MORE
Beating the heat involves water — both on the inside of your horse via drinking and on the outside of your horse via hosing down.

Six Cool-Down Strategies for Your Horse

Keep your horse cool and hydrated this summer with these expert tips. ... MORE
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Fear of Horse Fly Spray

Do you have a horse who reacts violently to the noise or sensation of being sprayed with fly spray? Here are four steps for easing his fear. ... MORE
Allergies can make a horse miserable, but they are manageable. Journal photo.

Itchy and Scratchy

Equine allergies are nothing to sneeze at. Learn how to manage this horse health issue. From America's Horse Daily. ... MORE
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Senior Horse Hearing Check

From Hands-On Senior Horse Care by Karen E.N. Hayes, DVM, MS, & Sue M. Copeland ... MORE
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Senior Horse Care Checklist

Older equines need all the same basic care other horses do, including regular vaccinations and deworming, plus routine hoof care. ... MORE
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Senior Horse Eyes: Vision Check

From Hands-On Senior Horse Care by Karen E.N. Hayes, DVM, MS, & Sue M. Copeland ... MORE
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Protect Your Horse From Sunburn

Sunny days can lead to sunburn in horses. Take these steps to protect his sensitive skin. ... MORE
To help cool a hot horse, remove his tack and douse him with water.  Photo by Alana Harrison

Keep Your Horse Cool in the Summer

It's getting into the hottest days of summer. Here's a quick reference that'll help you know when your horse is overheated--and what to do to help him chill. ... MORE
A quick sniff of your horse's nostrils can reveal a lot about his health. ©Kate Light.

Why Your Horse’s Breath Stinks

If your horse's breath makes you cringe, investigate the possible causes of the problem. ... MORE
Your technique in delivering dewormer influences it's efficacy. ©EQUUS Magazine

One Simple Tip for More Effective Deworming

Try this trick to ensure your horse gets the most out of his deworming medication. ... MORE
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Surviving the Summer with Your Horse

Here are important tips for helping you and your horse make it safely through the summer. ... MORE
Fly masks, like this Farnam model, provide much-needed relief from pests.  Photo courtesy of Farnam

Fly Masks

Here are tips from Horse&Rider magazine for using fly masks to protect your horse’s face from flies and gnats. ... MORE
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Making Vacation Arrangements for Your Horse’s Care

To rest easy about your horse's care while you're enjoying your summer vacation, be sure to provide his caretakers with all the information they'll need in an emergency. ... MORE
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When to Use Hot vs. Cold Therapy on Equine Injuries

Deciding whether to use ice or heat on an equine injury depends on many factors. Here's a quick guide to when and why each therapy is most effective. ... MORE
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The Scoop on Horse Sweat

Learn what's normal, what's not and how to keep your horse hydrated and healthy when the weather turns hot. ... MORE
Even in the shade of a run-in shed, flies can be interminable. Photo EQUUS

Fly Control for Your Run-In Shed

Make your run-in shed a "no fly zone" by using these fly control tips to protect your outdoor dwelling equines from the summer's worst offenders. ... MORE
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