New Year's Resolutions
With Fall easing its way into the forefront, and Winter lurking in the wings, it's time think again your new year's resolutions
for your horse, to make sure that their next year is a good one too.
Colic is not a specific disease, but is a set of symptoms indicating abdominal pain in the horse. The pain may come
from a variety of sources but the outward manifestations of these problems are very similar. Colic is always an urgent
situation. An owner should call for veterinary advice at the first signs of trouble.
The Prepurchase Exam
Even though the gist of the prepurchase exam is often lameness, that isn't really the big picture. Read what is involved in a thorough
prepurchase exam. Published in modified form in EQUUS magazine
Feeding and Maintenance of the Geriatric Horse
Horses over 16 years of age are considered senior citizens. Poor dentition, arthritis, and age-related diseases such as liver or kidney
insufficiency or pituitary dysfunction (Cushing’s Disease) may cause weight loss in these older horses
Cyathostomes, more frequently known as small strongyle worms, are the most common and ubiquitous parasite of the equine large intestine and are one
of the biggest challenges in horse husbandry today.
A Moment In Time
A prepurchase exam does not predict the future performance or the resale value of a horse and it cannot predict whether a
given horse will perform well for a new owner. Published in modified form in EQUUS magazine
A Second Chance
Because there was no known history of a sore back or lameness in the right hind leg and because Maggie
had only recently been brought back into use, we advised a trial period and a recheck before purchase. Published in modified form in EQUUS magazine
Welcome to the preparation period for the foaling season. We wanted to take the time to give you some
pointers for preparing your farm and your mare for the arrival of a new baby. In addition, we have included
the latest on foal management.
Waiting For Foals
We’ve all spent many a night losing sleep and gaining anxiety while watching a pregnant
mare stretch her gestation from the average expected 335-340 days to a long 355 days or more. Here's how to get
yourself some sleep.
Advanced Wound Care
From time to time, unfortunately, we all have to deal with cuts or scrapes on our horses, and wounds come in all ages, sizes and shapes, depths and
complications. There are some basic tenets of wound care.
Laminitis (founder) can have many causes, but Equine Cushing's Disease can predispose a horse to recurrent atacks of laminitis.
Medical management and consistent farriery are essential for the comfort and longevity of the patient
A Horse for a Day
Barbed wire, “The Devil’s Rope” since its first manufacturing in 1882, still guards the western range, fencing out eager bovine sampling of spreading lawns
and gardens. The pronged and twisted metal fence still disciplines the naive horse who strikes or kicks out against the fence, or seeks to join the others
of his kind who play just out of range, teasing on the other side.
The Lessons of Dusty
Senecio is prevalent in pastures all along the Highway 84 corridor. Recognition of the plant is critical to protect horses in this area. Published in modified form in EQUUS magazine
Congenital cataracts and early surgery gave vision back to a young horse for only a matter of weeks. But trust in his caretaker and in a companion “seeing-eye” horse gave GoGo a lifetime of happiness
Published in modified form in EQUUS magazine
Introduction to Equine Dentistry
Regular dental care is essential to your horse’s health. Properly maintained, horses can have good functional teeth well into their 20’s.
Many of the severe abnormalities seen in older horses can be prevented when diagnosed and treated early.
Increasing numbers of cases of EOTRH (chronic incisor periodontal disease) have been recognized and the disease is now considered
to be fairly common in aged horses, like the true campaigner, Old Exclusive. Published in modified form in EQUUS magazine
When Little Bella Danced into the Exam Room
Little Bella. A Welsh pony mare bought at sale is saved by Colorado State University. Her issues included periodontal disease and deep infundibular
cavities eroding into her nasal passage as well as a chronic hind limb lameness.
Introduction to Equine Lameness
Our practice frequently gets called to examine a horse for a lameness problem. Horses are exposed to numerous perils in athletic events
and activities that can cause injury resulting in lameness.
Hoof Care Checklist
Most horse owners entrust hoof trimming or shoeing to a skilled farrier, although some
prefer to do their own work. In either case, there are some basic principles that should be
Palmar Foot Pain (Navicular Syndrome)
Navicular Syndrome is a term that has been used to describe a painful condition in the heel region of the horse that causes lameness. It has also been called Navicular Disease, or
more accurately, Palmar Foot Pain.