The thought of 2021 has been on the collective minds of us all for many months now and we are finally here. I cannot think of a more anticipated “do-over” since I was a kid playing wiffle ball, but now we are adults – with horses.
As the weather heats up and the land dries out from whatever spring rain you did or did not get, be careful to stop and listen when you go visit the broodmare pasture.
A month ago, I could not have imagined the topic of this article. My inclination is to write about equine diseases that affect people in the horse industry, not the other way around. But, here we find ourselves dealing with a human health crisis that has had a profound effect within the horse industry. It […]
All the hype and emphasis put on weight management in both people and horses is for good reason. Not liking it or trying to hide from it does us and our horses no favors. Over the last few years, some very practical information has been published and medications developed for the management of hormone-dependent obesity in […]
Just as you would expect, there are some dramatic differences between the horse industry in Texas and what I see on my veterinary mission trips to Central America. Using your own powers of observation, barring any judgement, you can appreciate the discrepancy in education, opportunity and equipment without me pointing anything out. As a whole, I […]
I have always thought the strength of the breeding business is a solid indicator of the health of the horse industry in general. So, when more and more people start asking me what it takes to do an embryo transfer, the better feeling I have about the current horse market. There will always be a […]
As a follow-up to last month’s column about the condition of cryptorchidism in young stallions, this month we will look at your options for treatment. The saying goes that sometimes the cure can be worse than the disease, but I would say the opposite is the case for cryptorchidism. You may not have had the […]
I have a theory that states the size of a stallion’s testicles is inversely proportional to their “undesirable” behavior. Stated another way, the smaller the testicles, the more the attitude; the larger the testicles, the calmer-minded the stallion. Over 20 years of equine veterinary medicine, I have found this to be true of horses and […]
EQUIOXX® (firocoxib) tablets received FDA approval in July, and now this new 57mg chewable tablet formulation of the only equine coxib non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) is available for purchase with a prescription.
The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center has developed a novel test to determine the likelihood of a long-term equine arteritis virus carrier state in stallions.