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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.

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

badtoothWell, for starters, it just looks bad. Secondly, there is a normal tooth misplaced, a terribly diseased tooth hanging on for dear life and another gone altogether. If pictures could smell, this one would. The black tooth smelled as bad as it looked.

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Joint Junctions and Functions

guelphjointVisit Equine Guelph's Journey Through Joints for interactive tours through a horse's joints.Get connected at the joint junction with Equine Guelph's interactive online "Journey through the Joints" tool. Put the "fun" in function when it comes to learning what is normal and what is not - in equine joints! Sponsored by Zoetis, the visually striking healthcare tool helps horse owners achieve well-rounded knowledge regarding causes of joint disease and stages of arthritis.

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New Educational Videos Available at RethinkDeworming.com

merialscreenshotEducational videos are available at rethinkdeworming.comWhen it comes to deworming horses, the message has been confusing. After all, for more than four decades, horse owners heard the same one: rotate. But now, rotating is old news. What’s the new message? Be strategic about your deworming.

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What I’ve Learned From Horses

Horses are great animals for many reasons, but if you think about it, they are excellent teaching tools for people. Now I have as much appreciation for horses as anyone, but I am convinced they are not the smartest animals on the planet. They do, however, have great memories. This is one of the main reasons they are such teachable/trainable animals. 

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Tunnel Vision

[caption id="attachment_37626" align="alignnone" width="219"]Lane LivingstonLane Livingston[/caption]Lane LivingstonAs a veterinarian, I really have to work so I don't develop tunnel vision when it comes to the horses I get to work with. My examinations are not that different from any other vet.  They revolve around whatever problem the horse is presented for – lameness, colic, a wound, eye injury, you name it. The owner or hauler brings them in, or I take a look at them wherever they may be. Haltered and on the end of a lead rope, we go through the formalities of an exam.

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How to Properly Hydrate Your Horse

Summer takes a toll on us all. With temperatures circling the century mark almost anywhere in the U.S., we should all be mindful of how this affects our horses. Most trainers in the Southwest will start working horses about 3 a.m. these days just to avoid the worst of the heat.

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Multiple Limb Lameness

Have you ever seen a horse so lame you just don't know where to start trying to figure it out? Well, it seems like here lately I have had more than my share of them. Hopefully, this has not happened to one of your horses, personally, but I bet you have a friend that has. Since it is the curse of any animal owned by a veterinarian, I will exclude myself from the conversation, and stay with client horses.

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Horse Breeding Season Is Here!

In Texas, May marks the high point for breeding season, and I hope yours has gone well so far. Equine reproduction is one of the aspects of veterinary medicine where technology has played a major role in helping Mother Nature along, but even so, there can still be some ups and downs when getting mares in foal. If you are in the predicament of being more than halfway through the season with nothing more to show than an empty uterus and a stack of bills, this may be of some use.