Anhidrosis

Anhidrosis is the scientific name for a dysfunction in the ability to sweat. Equine anhidrosis has been recognized for many years, but it’s exact cause is still not known. There does not seem to be any predilection for a particular horse breed, age or coat color, and both male and female horses are affected. Some horses may not be able to sweat at all, and others only sweat in some locations.

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Horse Breeding Season Is Here Again!

broodmaresQHNBelieve it or not, breeding season is here again!  I know it still seems like the dead of winter on the polar ice caps this year, but it’s mid-February and best to just act like life is semi-normal. Hopefully, if you wanted to get a head start on the breeding season, your mares have been under lights since the end of November and are cycling along well. 

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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.

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.

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.

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Splints

By Justin High, DVM

In the grand scheme of things, splint bones perform a useful function in horses. Whether on the front or hind limb, splint bones help form the base of support for the lowest joint in the carpus (knee) or the hock. 

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Equine Guelph Makes Fecal Collection Easy With How-To Video

fecalvideoEquine Guelph's fecal collection videoEquine Guelph has launched a new 2 ½-minute video to help horse owners with parasite management. When a growing resistance to dewormers is cited as a major issue concerning horse owners today, a fecal exam to see if your parasite control program is working makes sense. Collecting a manure sample is easy, but it must be done properly to ensure accurate test results.