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Health care information to keep your horse sound and in good condition.

Like so many old-timers, horsemen of yesteryear take pleasure in telling tales. With their tales come nuggets of feeding advice - sometimes sage, sometimes bunk. Here are five common misconceptions laid to rest.

Feeding Horses: Just the Basics

Everybody knows horses need forage and grain...but how much? How often? What kind? What else?

Feeding the “Fatty”
Some horses just seem to get fat on bitumen! Basic feeding rules demand that each horse be fed as an individual and the problems of the overweight horse highlight just how difficult some individuals can be to feed.

Colic Warning

Colic refers to any condition causing signs of abdominal pain in horses. Following are some steps you can take to reduce the risk of colic attacks.

Milk Fever in Mares
Lactation tetany or hypocalcemia, which is similar to milk fever in dairy cows, is not common in horses, but does occur occasionally.

Gastric Ulcers in Horses

Every horse owner appreciates the delicate nature of the equine gut, with colic being a major fear. What may be surprising to many is how often the stomach is affected and the the incidence of gastric ulcers is extremely high.

Putting Weight on Skinny Horses

Sometimes, trying to get weight on a poor doer can feel like banging your head against the wall. Sometimes the answer can be as simple as feeding more calories, and sometimes the problem, or static or dropping weight, requires a deeper probe.

Queensland Itch in Horses
Horses are often hassled by an itchy, annoying skin condition known as 'Queensland Itch' or 'Sweet Itch'.

Tracking down the reason for this annoying (and occasionally dangerous) behaviour can be a lengthy and difficult chore. Asking questions about the horse’s habits is the first step in solving the puzzle.

If a horse sweats a little, access to a generous amount of high-quality hay and a salt block will provide sufficient electrolytes.
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