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How Immune Supplements Work

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“I’m confused about how immune supplements work. My old horse used to be on one because my vet said his immune system needed more support as he got older, which made sense. But now my friend’s trainer is telling her

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Dressage for Senior Horse Health

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I’ve been doing dressage with my horse for the past four years and we’ve been progressing slowly but steadily up the levels. She is now 19 and while she is generally sound and healthy, I’m starting to notice some symptoms

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A Dressage Clinic with “The Master”

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French, geometry, music, German, math, martial arts, Latin, history, equitation. Prep school courses? Or subjects covered during a visit from “The Master” Karl Mikolka? Former Chief Rider of the Spanish Riding School and USDF Hall of Famer Karl Mikolka recently

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How Hot is Too Hot to Ride?

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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

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Horses: Hawaii Style!

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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

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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 horsechannel.com Believe me,

Posted in Ask the Vet, Barn Skills

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

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“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?

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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 HorseChannel.com Unfortunately, many studies over the

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Eye injuries in horses

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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

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Lameness and when to call your vet

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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

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Ulcers and colic

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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 horsechannel.com I chose this

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To Breathe or Not to Breathe, That Is the Question

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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

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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

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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

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