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Anger Management

By Anna Mitchell

I had a great question from a reader about my earlier article, “The Monster Within.”  How can I control my anger? Not many of us are born with the skills to handle intense emotions and unfortunately sometimes our environments do not facilitate the kind of healthy learning that we would like.

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Prepare Young Horses for a Lifetime of Performance

ascaridsAdult horses develop immunity to ascarids, or Parascaris equorum, but growing horses are immunologically naive to ascarids and are susceptible to infection.Effective parasite control can make or break healthy development in young horses. Foals, yearlings and weanlings are more prone to infection by Parascaris equorum (P. equorum), the most common type of roundworms (ascarids). At the 6666 Ranch in Guthrie, Texas, they understand the importance of protecting the health and well-being of their young horses well ahead of sale day.

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Mind-Set for Success

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I talk a lot about getting in “the zone” to achieve your peak performance. About finding that sweet spot for your mind-set that gives you the freedom to just perform without all the cognitive noise of thinking your way through a performance. Otherwise referred to as "flow," this experience of automaticity is crucial for peak performance because thinking interrupts the natural timing of the sequence of events that creates a great performance.

Stress and Our Health

By Anna Mitchell

The average age of equine sport participants is generally higher than other sports that require more extensive physical exertion and athleticism. When combined with the notion that many of these competitors are also involved in a demanding and competitive work environment, then health issues become a very real concern.

Scratches

By Justin High, DVM

Horses are wonderful creatures with an innate sense of beauty that is unlike any other in the animal world. So, when a group of single-celled organisms, like bacteria or a fungus, gets the upper hand on them, it doesn’t seem quite right. Pastern dermatitis is an excellent example of this, and one we all face eventually.

Team Work

By Anna Mitchell

Few athletes can say they reached the top on their own. Even "individual" sports usually require a team to get the job done. After all, it takes an army to win a war. Problems with your team can add a lot of stress and distractions, making it difficult to focus on your performance.

A Move for Prevention

[caption id="attachment_38175" align="alignleft" width="200"]Patrick Young, DVM[/caption]Dr. Patrick YoungA performance horse, much like a sports car, is a fine-tuned machine that runs, stops and quickly turns on a dime. When that sleek machine turns sluggish and infirm, the owner calls in a mechanic like Patrick Young, DVM.

Young’s practice, in Washington, Okla., focuses on treating lameness and illness in performance horses. A 1998 graduate of the Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine, Young is an avid horseman and understands the importance of a healthy horse.

During the summer of 2011, the veterinarian saw a rapid increase in the number of cases of pigeon fever reflected in a growing concern across the nation. For the health of his equine clients, Young began to research, test and develop a vaccine for pigeon fever.

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The Broodmare’s Last Trimester

By Justin High, DVM

The New Year brings new expectations for what will be produced from last year's breeding season. After coasting through the last few months of your mare's pregnancy with no problems, we are all struck with the fact of how quickly foaling season is upon us.

Slave to the Habit

By Anna Mitchell

Change is an inevitable phenomenon that you cannot control. But you can often control the direction of the change by the decisions that you make. Life is about choices, but "habits" often rob us of these choices by becoming an involuntary response rather than a conscious decision.

Motivation

By Anna Mitchell

Motivation is the drive that gets us where we want to go. It helps push us through the rough patches when we would rather give up on our quest to achieve our goals, but it can be rather elusive and may escape us when we need it most.