Equine Care

Obsessing over Abscesses

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For horses, an abscess is a buildup of puss usually occurring under the surface, much like a boil. Most commonly found in horses’ feet, an abscess is a sore spot that causes discomfort, often resulting in sudden lameness. While pain levels and frequency vary from horse to horse, abscesses are commonly found in three places in the hoof: the frog, heel or toe. Since this is common among most horses, we are going to take look at how to diagnose, treat and prevent abscesses. Continue reading

Colic 101: Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention

colic-3Colic is a very common and well known ailment that most horses will experience at least once in their life. Colic is comparable to a typical stomach ache, however in severe cases it can lead to the twisting of intestines or a blockage in the intestines. Horses are not the only ones susceptible to colic, humans and dogs may even experience it as well. However, it is more common among mammals that do not have the ability to vomit, such as rabbits and horses. Because a horse’s anatomy prevents them from vomiting, their stomachs find other ways to alert the body that something is not agreeing. While there are many causes of colic, summer is widely known as colic season for a reason. As we enter into the warmer temperatures, it’s important to know the basics of colic, how to detect it, treat it and prevent it. Continue reading

A Step in the Right Direction

FullSizeRender(1)When it comes to horse arena footing, there is no shortage of options available. However, using the wrong footing can lead to health issues for both the rider and horse, so it is important to make an educated decision. Quality of the footing is one of the most important factors, and here the saying “you get what you pay for” could not be more true. To gain a better understanding of the various footing options available, riders must learn what options are available and what their benefits are. The following is a list of the most popular options along with some of their benefits and factors to consider when choosing the right footing for you. Continue reading

Safety First – Practical tips for safe training and riding

d9b8fbd0ffef7db37f120b1795ce8f32Even when you are prepared, accidents can happen. Fortunately, most of the time these accidents tend to lead to a bit of bruising at most, but on rare occasions, a small accident can lead to serious injury. Unfortunately, accidents both big or small can happen at any time to anyone. Even professionals are at risk, like the recent incident involving Olivia Inglis and her horse, Coriolanus. While an accident cannot be predicted or prevented, there are a number of steps you can take to try to stop a small accident from becoming a serious injury. The following are some of my top safety tips that I encourage everyone to follow anytime they ride. Continue reading

3 Questions on Winter Horse Care

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Last week most of New England was hit by a nasty blizzard. Snow, wind and ice pilled high on roads and houses. So while I was enjoying my snow day at home curled up on the couch with a coffee, I thought about writing this month’s blog on winter horse care. During the summer it’s easy to get out of bed to feed and water. You don’t have to put on layer after layer of fleece and snow pants just to keep warm! On the coldest and snowiest of mornings I long for summertime, when it doesn’t take me ten minutes to trudge through two feet of snow! There’s no way around it, taking care of your horses during the winter is a challenge. Winter weather requires more care consideration, such as blanketing, preventing drinking water from freezing and what to do if the paddocks are too icy to put the horses out. Continue reading