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Sand Colic in Horses

Sand Colic in Horses

Colic is still the single major cause of fatality among horses today. Previously, verminous colic, which is a result of attacks by worms and parasites, was the major form of colic. However, sand colic horses have become more prevalent. Sand colic is the outcome of the accumulation of sand in the intestinal tract of a [...]

Short Horse Stories: Smokey Goes Swiming

Short Horse Stories: Smokey Goes Swiming

Written by: Wendy Lafond At 14 hands, Smokey was a pony by rights, but he was my horse, my friend, and my companion. We had many adventures together and formed a special bond that I still treasure today. He was four and I was eight when our friendship began. Our early years together were filled [...]

Stomach Bots in Horses

Stomach Bots in Horses

Horse worms and stomach bots are not the same. Although both can cause health problems in horses, bots in equine stomachs come from botflies. These are common insects in North America, hence it is to be expected that nearly every horse has some amount of stomach bots. Botflies are typically around from spring to autumn [...]

Horse Rescue Story: Fiona

Horse Rescue Story: Fiona

Written by: K.C. Jean Kellam I had spent a lifetime praying and dreaming of the day I would become a horse owner. Years of mucking stalls for free lessons had done nothing to persuade me otherwise and I decided without a doubt to move forward in my lifelong ambition of horse ownership. Looking back, maybe [...]

Salmonellosis in Horses

Salmonellosis in Horses

What it is Salmonellosis? In adult horses, salmonellosis causes infectious diarrhea. Foals are at an even more critical position because an infection could quickly lead to the systemic spread of bacteria that can lead to death. This is why it is very important to protect horses of all ages against this salmonellosis. The condition is [...]

Charlie and Airflow: A Man and His Horse

Charlie and Airflow: A Man and His Horse

Written by: Theresa Mazzatti This is a true and remarkable story about my father, Charles C. Lucas and his horse named Airflow. This is not just another horse story but one of an amazing “comeback” horse, who despite a terrible injury went on to become the Champion Jumper of New York State in the l940′s. [...]