Living the Country Life

Horses Content

Teach them about personal space
It’s a bad habit when horses nip at visitors. In the horse world, nipping and biting is how they play, groom, and investigate. But it's not good communication with humans. Cherry Hill is...
Equine veterinarians say a healthy topline can help reduce injury and contribute to overall well-being.
Horse owners who want their horses to be as healthy as possible should focus on developing their topline. That conclusion is based on a survey of American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP),...
Prevent problems with routine exams every year
The horse that's grazing in the pasture is filling his tummy, but he's also using that grass to keep his constantly-growing teeth at the right level and in good shape.  You want to be...
Give them the once-over to be sure they're healthy
When a mare gives birth, everything usually goes okay. But immediately after the foal is born, there are some things you should pay attention to. You can't always have a vet there at the...
Zoetis introduces the first licensed vaccine to help protect horses from leptospirosis caused by L. pomona.
In November 2015, Zoetis announced the introduction of LEPTO EQ INNOVATOR®, the first and only vaccine licensed for use in horses, six months of age or older, to aid in the prevention...
Trail rides can shake things up for horses that are bored in the arena.
The demands of training can leave horses worn down, sour, and bored. It’s time to get out of the arena and onto the trails! Horses are naturally roamers, says trainer Wendie Holt O’...
Vesicular Stomatitis and Seneca Valley Virus look like, but are not, Foot and Mouth Disease.
"Doctor, there's a veterinarian on the line who wants to talk to you about some blisters he's seeing in a group of pigs."   That doesn't sound like a big deal, right? But...
When horses eat their hay slowly, they're healthier and happier
Horses out on pasture will often spend over 14-hours grazing every day. Horses housed in stalls are fed two large meals each day with limited opportunity to forage. Krishona Martinson is an...
Cribbing is a repetitive behavior by horses characterized by grabbing an upright object with the teeth and pulling against it with an arched neck and sucking air.
Without knowing the exact cause for cribbing behavior in horses, prevention can be difficult, explains Dr. Sara L. Mastellar, SDSU Equine Instructor.   "Horses that crib may spend...
American Horse Publications Survey shows 
horse ownership and involvement has stabilized and is likely to rise
The equine industry has found stability and shows positive signs of growth, especially among young adult horse owners and event participants, according to results of a survey by American Horse...