Let’s Talk Foot Abscesses

With the high amount of rain we’ve had lately, the environment has been perfect for the development of a foot abscess. Check out some basic info as well as treatment tips below! Foot abscesses are caused when bacteria is introduced to the foot, and this bacteria produces gas and a …

Beyond the 3 F’s

Many people consider horses that have metabolic disease by the 3 F’s: fat, furry, and foundered. Luckily as medicine progresses, we are now able to further classify and identify metabolic disease in to 2 conditions – Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction and Equine Metabolic Syndrome “Cushing’s Disease” Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction …

Landscaping Lessons

Spring time brings sunshine, rain showers and longer hours for landscaping! When making your plant selections, there are several that you want to avoid to prevent toxicity. **This is not a comprehensive list of all toxic plants to horses.** Ornamental Plants and Vines Oleander: All parts of this plant are …

Good, Better, Best: Which Oil?

Many horse owners have supplemented oil in their horse’s diet to make them shine like a new penny. Did you know that it is one of the quickest ways to add fat to your horse’s diet? Whether you are adding these calories for your high performance horse or that “hard …

Winter Water Woes

Encouraging some horses to drink water in the frigid winter temps can often be a challenge. Most horse owners know ‘no water is bad’, but sometimes ‘just not enough’ can be equally as detrimental. Add in temperatures that can make it difficult to simply get water to your horse and …

Caring for the Older Horse

The American Association of Equine Practitioners Touch program has been kind enough to share an article with their 10 Tips for Caring for the Older Horse. We hope you enjoy! Observe your horse on a regular basis. Watch for changes in body condition, behavior, and attitude. Address problems, even seemingly …

The Perils of Fall Grass

Most horse owners are aware of the dangers of lush spring grass, but did you know that fall grasses can be just as harmful? Laminitis, or founder, is always harmful to our horses and can be triggered by the stressed fall grass.   Laminitis is inflammation of the laminae in …

Kissing Spine

Overriding dorsal spinous processes or “kissing spine” is an ever increasing diagnosis in performance horses. This blog will discuss what a kissing spine is as well as touch on diagnosis and treatment options. A kissing spine is an issue that is diagnosed with varying degrees of back discomfort. It is …