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Snakebite Symptoms in Horses

Snakebite Symptoms in Horses

If you live in the United States, you probably already know that we have four venomous snake species: the copperhead, the cottonmouth, the coral snake, and the rattlesnake. The rattlesnake includes several sub-species, including the timber rattler, the pygmy rattler, and the sidewinder. Chances are that at least one of these species resides in your [...]

Building Muscle in Horses

Building Muscle in Horses

Many horse owners admire the rippling muscles of those often seen on breeds like the foundation-bred Quarter Horses. How can you get your horse to look like that? Well, in all honesty, genetics play an important role. Your horse may never look like Arnold Schwarzenpony, but there are ways to increase your horse’s lean muscle [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Ascarids in Horses

Ascarids in Horses

Parascaris equorum or ascarids are among the parasites that can seriously compromise a horse’s health. This particular species of roundworms can lead to serious complications that may even lead to death. Ascarid Life Cycle Like other parasites, ascarids can infect horses through contaminated food or water. Adult roundworms typically lay eggs that are passed out [...]

Founder in Horses – The Spring Time Scourge

Founder in Horses – The Spring Time Scourge

Whenever spring comes along, horse founder seems to the topic of choice and center of concern among horse owners. To some, founder is a severe condition, while to others, it is a brief annoyance when their horse appears to be sore in the feet for a couple of weeks. Regardless, treating founder is necessary, especially [...]

Alternative Medicine for Horses

Alternative Medicine for Horses

What is Alternative Medicine for Horses Alternative medicine for horses is exactly what the term suggests. It is an option for horse owners who do not wish to use conventional approaches. By conventional medicine we mean the use of surgery and medicines to treat disease and injury. In other words, alternative medicine is that which [...]

Lameness Therapies for Horses

Lameness Therapies for Horses

Causes and Symptoms of Lameness You should understand that you can’t just jump into lameness therapies for horses once you suspect that your horse is lame. Part of finding the right therapeutic approach is knowing more about horse lameness. First of all, it is important to spot the right symptoms. Recognizing the right signs and [...]

Horses and Tetanus

Horses and Tetanus

Horses and Tetanus Many animals, including humans can get infected with the bacteria that cause tetanus. Horses however are said to be more at risk of getting this condition. This is because horses are said to have a lower level of natural immunity. This is compounded by the fact that horses also live in an [...]