Horse Health Information and Equine Care
When you begin to care for the health of a horse, there’s so much to learn that it may seem impossible to learn it all. From the daily care of hooves to maintaining your horse’s teeth, joints and internal health, you are responsible for a lot of animal! Keeping your horse healthy involves choosing the right feed, watching out for colic and other digestive problems, paying attention to foot and leg issues, riding with the proper tack, correct grooming, regular vaccinations and deworming, and a hundred other details.
Like humans, horses are affected by weather, need to be housed and fed properly, and may experience sprains, strains and soreness of the back and legs. Illness or pain affect not only the way they move but the way they feel, so that a healthy horse will tend to be happier than one who isn�t feeling up to snuff. Some illnesses or injuries appear first as changes in mood; your normally jolly or equable equine may become moody, surly or unwilling when there’s something physically wrong that hasn’t yet appeared as lameness, sickness or other injury.
Common Equine Health Conditions
- Allergies – Learn the basic symptoms and treatments for common horse allergies.
- Colic Basics – Understand the medical causes behind equine colic.
- Colic Causes – Learn what food and items in your horse’s environment may cause colic.
- Colic and Corrective Surgery Options – Could surgery be an option for your horse?
- Colic Diagnosis – Learn about how colic is diagnosed by a veterinarian.
- Cushing’s disease and Old Age – A pituitary tumor that can grow in a horse’s old age.
- Dehydration Illnesses – Learn about horse diseases than can cause dehydration.
- Dermatitis & Skin Itches – Learning how to help you horse with itchy skin.
- Excess Salvia & Drooling – Caused by fungus introduced into the digestive system.
- Exuberant Granulation (proud flesh) – Helps heal wounds and repair injuries quickly.
- Heaves – Prevention and Treatment – Learn about this respiratory disease causes.
- Headshaking – Associated with nerve problems and allergies in horses.
- Navicular Disease – Intermittent Lameness – Can be hard to diagnosis and treat.
- Stomach Problems & Ulcers – Can be detected early with tell-tale lesions.
- Rainrot – Also called rain scald or dew poisoning, caused by a bacterium.
- Stifle Problems – Affect the “knee” joints of the horse.
- Stringhalt & Shivers – Illnesses that affect a horse’s movement.
- White Line Disease – Growing problem that affects the hooves.
- West Nile Virus – Prevent by controlling mosquitos in your horse’s area.
General Health Care Information
- Antibiotics Overuse – Learn about the dangers of giving these drugs unnecessarily.
- Castrating Horses – Understanding the operations and the after effects.
- Cold Weather Health Issues – Horses need a little extra care in the colder months.
- Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) Treatments – Can reduce swelling and inflammation.
- Essential Minerals Horses Need – Certain minerals are essential to overall health.
- Euthanasia – Having a plan when you horse is suffering.
- Evaluating A Horse’s General Condition – A health checklist for owners.
- Heat stress – Heat strokes and sunburns are harmful to horses.
- Helping a Horse Gain Weight – Getting your horse to a healthy weight.
- Keeping Your Horse Cool – When does your horse need a cool down.
- Post-surgical care – Helping your horse heal quickly.
- Swimming and Horse Rehabilitation – Swimming programs for rebuilding.
- Tetanus in Horses – Caused by bacteria growth in deep wounds.
- Teeth & Dental care – Dental exams are good preventative medicine.
- Using Laser in Horse Surgery – Technology helps horses too!
Parasites, Worms and Insects
- Controlling Horse Flies – Preventing painful bites from flies.
- Daily Deworming – What option is right for your horse?
- Deworming Schedules – A careful balence of keeping a horse healthy.
- Parasites – Has (or how) your horse been infested.
- Single-celled killers Possums can bring harmful bacteria to horses.
- Snake Bites – Signs and what to do.
- Tapeworms – Much easier to control these days.
- Types of worms – Common worms and horse parasites.