Archive | Equine

CARING FOR BALL PYTHONS

Ball pythons are among the most popular pet snakes. They are a good pet for first-time snake owners because they are docile and easy to care for. Housing for a ball python can vary from simple to elaborate. What’s most important is that you follow the guidelines for care and check your snake often to […]

THE EQUINE OPHTHALMIC EXAM

What Is an Ophthalmic Exam? | Why Should Horses Receive an Ophthalmic Exam? | How Is an Ophthalmic Exam Performed? | What Are the Benefits of an Ophthalmic Exam? An ophthalmic exam is a thorough examination of the horse’s eyes and the surrounding tissues. The exam may be performed by your veterinarian or by a […]

THE COGGINS TEST

What Is It? | How Is It Performed? | Why Is It Used? The Coggins test is used to detect equine infectious anemia (EIA)—a highly contagious and potentially fatal viral disease of horses. EIA is a reportable disease and is therefore regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), but state laws vary. A […]

STREPTOCOCCUS EQUI EQUI INFECTION (STRANGLES) AND VACCINATION IN HORSES

Streptococcus equi equi infection (strangles) is contagious and occasionally fatal in horses. Horses that routinely have contact with unfamiliar horses (such as at shows or other events) or that are boarded with horses that travel are more likely to develop this contagious infection. Timely diagnosis is necessary to minimize the spread of strangles. Many horses […]

SHOEING

Should I Shoe My Horse? | Corrective Shoes | Hoof and Shoe Care Horseshoes prevent wear on the hooves and provide traction on some surfaces. Whether your horse needs shoes depends on the quality of your horse’s feet and the type of surfaces on which your horse will be kept. Many hoof problems can be […]

PROUD FLESH

What Is It? | Treatment | Prevention Proud flesh (granulation tissue) is an overabundance of new tissue produced during the rebuilding phase of wound healing. Wounds should be treated as soon as possible because untreated wounds are more likely to become infected or develop excessive proud flesh, preventing wound healing. Proper bandaging is very important […]

LAMENESS DUE TO JOINT PROBLEMS

Any athlete can suffer from joint pain or injury and the horse is no exception. When horses perform sudden stops and sharp turns, there is significant force placed on the joints of the rear limbs. Horses that gallop greatly extend their lower limbs and place significant force on their fetlocks. While joints may be affected […]

HOW TO EXAMINE A HORSE AT AN AUCTION

When a purchase examination cannot be performed by a qualified equine veterinarian, follow these guidelines for examining a horse at an auction: Stand back and observe the horse first. What is the horse’s appearance and attitude? Next, look at the general body condition, hair coat, foot quality, and muscle development. These observations should give you […]

HORSE TRAILERING

Stress and Health | Trailering Problems | Load Training | Trailer Safety Training | Leg Wraps | Ventilation | Preparing for Emergencies | Accommodations and Rest | After Trailering Because horses are traveling more than ever before, it’s easy to forget that trailering can be a source of anxiety for horses. Horse owners should take […]