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How Hot is Too Hot to Ride?


Out here in the Midwest, our summers get seriously hot and humid. I personally don’t mind the heat, but I worry that it’s too much for my horse. He sweats a lot when it gets above 80* and even though

Posted in Ask the Vet

Horses: Hawaii Style!


My husband and I finally made it back to Hawaii in January 2015 for a belated anniversary gift to ourselves. We had officially tied the knot in The Aloha State (we got “maui’d” on Maui) and loved it so much

Posted in Stories & Adventures, Travel

Vaccinations for “Stay-At-Home” Horses

All of my horses are now retired from competing and I keep them at home where there aren’t other horses coming in and out of the barn. Do I need to continue to vaccinate them on the same schedule they

Posted in Ask the Vet

Considering DIY vaccination

I own two off-track Thoroughbreds that live at home. I have been considering self-vaccination for my mare and gelding. Can you share with me pros and cons of not having my veterinarian do this task? – via Believe me,

Posted in Ask the Vet, Barn Skills

Ride in Balance, Move in Balance, Live in Balance: A Body Concept Workshop for Equestrians


“Great workshop! Nice to see a workshop focused on the rider and a more holistic approach to riding and training.” “This is exactly what I needed! What a WONDERFUL weekend in every way!” “Fascinating topics, application to equestrian endeavors appropriately

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Will my horse colic again?


My horse recently had a bout of colic. He recovered fully, but I’ve been told that once a horse colics, he’s more likely to colic again. Is that true? And if so, why? -via Unfortunately, many studies over the

Posted in Ask the Vet

Eye injuries in horses


There are a lot of horror stories out there about horse eye injuries. So my question is, what should I do if my horse has an eye injury but the vet can’t come out immediately? How do I protect the

Posted in Ask the Vet

Lameness and when to call your vet


What’s the correct course of action if my horse suddenly comes up lame with no apparent injury? Do I always need to call the vet, or are there cases where it’s okay to wait and see? And what should I

Posted in Ask the Vet

Ulcers and colic


My horse has recently been diagnosed with ulcers, and I am treating him with probiotics, however, is there a connection between ulcers and colic? Do horses with ulcers have higher instances of colic episodes? – via I chose this

Posted in Ask the Vet

To Breathe or Not to Breathe, That Is the Question


You’d think a colic surgery, PSSM and shivers, headshaking, and even a pulled suspensory years ago would be enough problems in one horse. But you’d be wrong. What’s wrong with the silly horse now? I don’t know whether my horse

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Newman’s Notes on Driving


Eating… Grass. Eating… Grass. I’ve watched my mom drive up to the barn, set out a bunch of stuff, and get chased into the other pasture by the thingy with wheels. Now she’s putting brightly colored buckets all over THIS

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Blankets and Shelter for Horses

I have two new horses this winter on 24/7 turnout. One is an athletic build and has the start of a nice fluffy coat. The other is more classic stock horse and if anything is a little on the heavy

Posted in Ask the Vet

Checking Your Horse’s Winter Weight

I have an 18-year-old off-track Thoroughbred who lives on pasture. His weight is normally pretty steady, but as he ages, I worry about him dropping weight. The problem is, he grows a super thick winter coat, and I have trouble

Posted in Ask the Vet

Protecting my pony from her pushy pasture mates

I keep my 30-year-old pony at a boarding stable where she’s turned out in a fairly large field with four other horses. Most of the time they seem to peacefully coexist, but when push comes to shove, my pony is

Posted in Ask the Vet, Misc. Topics

Forage For Senior Horses

I know senior feeds contain a forage replacer for horses with difficulty chewing and digesting hay, but it doesn’t seem enough. What other forage options are there for the hard to keep senior horse? – Via You are definitely

Posted in Ask the Vet, Nutrition

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