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Are you flying off for a warm Cuban getaway? Know someone who is? It’s the perfect opportunity to help Cuban equines in need. Cuba, a country of nearly 12 million citizens, is also home to an estimated 900,000 equines. These horses, donkeys and mules areRead More...
Historically, veterinarians and farriers have spent far more time evaluating and adjusting front hoof balance than rear hoof balance. This is because front imbalances typically manifest as obvious foot pain. Rear limbRead More...
Horses are designed to forage and move continually in social groups. Domestic housing and feeding practices have interfered with this behavior.Read More...
“Owners and veterinarians should consider the potential impacts of these (microbiota) changes when administering NSAIDs to their horses and limit duration of NSAID use to prevent or limit the impact of these changes,” said Whitfield-Cargile. The researcherRead More...
March 3, 2017
Emergency Equine First Aid "Fundamentals" 1/2 day clinic April 21/18 from 12pm to 4pmRead More...
December 14, 2016
study results suggest some horses compensate for lameness by changing the angle of leaning in one direction of a circle.Read More...
June 23, 2016
“You don’t have to have an Olympic horse to benefit from it. It will help anyone exercise their horse better, or give the proper recovery protocol after an exercise, or give the proper training schedule.” By Annalise Klingbeil , PostmediaRead More...
May 5, 2016
Tight nosebands can mask unwanted behaviour in horses, which might be indicative of either pain or deficiencies in training,Read More...
May 4, 2016
Finding your next horse often requires great investment of both time and money. When you have finally found “the one,” you have one more critical step to takeRead More...
April 27, 2016
Results from a Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) study have led to a nation-wide change in Equine Canada-sanctioned competition rules regulating the use of the drug firocoxib in performance horses.Read More...
April 12, 2016
So how do you choose a hoof supplement if they all look similar?My horse has poor hoof quality. Would he benefit from a daily hoof supplement? If so, what ingredients should I look for that will really help my horse?Read More...
April 6, 2016
This video shows a dairy barn but the same hazards apply in horse barns. Excellent video to watchRead More...
March 22, 2016
Want to buy horse hay and feed in bulk? Find out how long each can be stored and is spoilage a concern?Read More...
March 21, 2016
The mare and herd are the most qualified individuals to teach the newborn foal to become a developmentally healthy horse. Interference byRead More...
March 10, 2016
The inherent potential for harm and risk in "training" a soft horse into fitness, before the horse's "structures" are ready to handle the stresses is that most training involves asking for degrees of athletic exertion that exceed "even" just walking.Read More...
March 2, 2016
One thing NOT to do is fall back on that anthropomorphic "He is being bad." cop out. Horses are not people. I repeat: Horses are not people. One more time---Horses are not people.Read More...
February 24, 2016
Disease Control With the recent outbreaks of equine disease within the U.S., the AAEP would like to provide you with additional resources to help provide you with information regarding outbreak locationRead More...
February 19, 2016
Horses can read human facial expressions, according to researchers at the University of Sussex. For the first time horses have been shown to be able to distinguish between angry and happy human facial expressions.Read More...
February 19, 2016
Horse owners and veterinarians have been treating equine wounds for centuries. After all, horses are unabashedly practiced at the art of sustaining wounds.Read More...
February 17, 2016
One way to increase energy consumption without offering more and more feed is through thoughtful supplementation of a high-calorie feedstuff. StRead More...
February 10, 2016
“According to the most up-to-date consensus statement on gastric ulcers*, the development of ulcers appears to be most frequently reported in performance horses that are actively training or competing,” Crandell explained.Read More...
January 28, 2016
The regulation requires that a person who has reasonable grounds to suspect that a reportable or notifiable disease has occurred must, within 24 hours, make a report to the office of the Chief Veterinarian.Read More...
January 27, 2016
BC’s recently passed Animal Health Act requires veterinarians, and anyone responsible for an animal, to notify the Office of the Chief Veterinarian for BCRead More...
January 13, 2016
Most horses relocate from one place to another with few problems. When in doubt about how best to proceed, always choose the cautious approach.Read More...
December 10, 2015
That is what is so fantastic about understanding learning theory: It frees you to a large extent from being spoon-fed about training and removes the glass ceiling of ignorance and secrecy.Read More...
December 9, 2015
Let’s not mince words: horses and ponies are healthiest and happiest when they’re allowed the freedom to consume forage whenever they choose. The gastrointestinal tract is laid outRead More...
November 18, 2015
as a horse’s workload increases, his requirement for vitamin E goes up, too. Signs of oxidative damage in working horses include muscle soreness and stiffness and slower-than-expected recovery from intense exercise.Read More...
November 12, 2015
Even if 24-hour turnout isn't an option, there are steps owners can take to help improve stalled horses' welfare.Read More...
October 21, 2015
Though these behaviors may be deeply rooted, hangry horses often have one thing in common: limited forage.Horses express “hanger” clearly and often noisilyRead More...
October 9, 2015
Camie Heleski, PhD, animal behavior and welfare instructor at MSU, presented the results on his behalf at the 11th annual International Society of Equitation Science conference, held Aug. 6-9 in Vancouver, British Columbia.Read More...
October 9, 2015
"We have forgotten that our connection to working animals is symbiotic, not selfish or exploitative."Read More...
September 30, 2015
How do you measure something as intangible as happiness, and how do you define it?Read More...
August 17, 2015
Feeding a balanced diet then taking care of nutrient replacement after exercise is imperative to keep horses performing well at an upper level of performance.Read More...
July 29, 2015
"Horses are designed to be continuous grazers," explains Kapper. An 1100 pound horse will eat up to 18 hours a day consuming 2.0% to 2.5 % of their body weightRead More...
June 23, 2015
Canadians are reminded to check Canada's import requirements before arriving at the border with their horses. Import requirements are in place to protect human and animal health and may change at any time in response to an animal disease outbreak in anotheRead More...
June 18, 2015
It is a common perception that thrush is caused by poor hygiene and unclean living conditions. However, O’Grady explains this may not be totally accurateRead More...
June 15, 2015
This article was originally posted March 05th, 2012 By Myrna MacDonald, but still good information to protect our horsesRead More...
June 3, 2015
Depending on his lifestyle and location, your horse might be at risk for suffering subtle but serious vitamin and mineral imbalancesRead More...
May 21, 2015
Dr Gustafson is the equine behaviour educator at the University of Guelph.Read More...
April 17, 2015
Don’t rely on hearsay when it comes to caring for your horses’ hoovesRead More...
February 5, 2015
Researchers determined that exercise causes horses' back dimensions to change, which could negatively impact saddle fit.Read More...
December 17, 2014
Back pain in horses may be more common than their owners or caregivers think, according to a survey and evaluation conducted by researchers from French and Canadian universities.Read More...Replies: 1
December 12, 2014
Appreciating Horses--Introduction to Equine Behaviour Learn to see as the horse sees.Read More...
November 18, 2014
It is important to bring a little science into the horse training world,Read More...
November 13, 2014
, improper use of some commonly administered equine drugs can impact the health and safety of our horses more than we think.Read More...
September 3, 2014
Can equestrian professionals recognize signs of stress in the ridden horse - Can you?Read More...
June 4, 2014
animals showed less aggressive behavior (such as kicking the door, laying their ears back, and biting threats) when the windows were open than when they were closed,Read More...
May 29, 2014
two equine nutritionists to answer your burning questions about equine hydration.Read More...