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Use your phone to keep track of how fat or thin your horses are
It can be hard to tell whether a horse is getting too fat or too thin unless you give it a body condition score, which is a method of estimating the amount of fat on the animal’s body in...
Be ready a week or two before the due date
Witnessing the birth of a foal is a beautiful thing. Usually the mare can handle it herself, but it's always wise to make preparations a week or two in advance to make sure she delivers safely...
Stop this habit before it affects the horse's health
Horses can develop bad habits, and one of them is cribbing. Carey Williams is the equine extension specialist with Rutgers Equine Science Center in New Jersey. She says cribbing is the act of a...
Learn what the signs are, how it's transmitted, and prevention
Equine herpesvirus is highly-contagious disease among horses, donkeys, and mules. It’s spread by close contact, and causes respiratory infection, abortion, and neurological disease. Becky...
Watch out for vermin that bug your horse's ears
A horse uses its ears to express itself. Their position can tell you a lot about the horse’s mood. But if he shakes his head, won’t let you put the bridle on, and doesn’t like his...
A lot could go wrong if a horse is behaving suspiciously, which could mean they are experiencing early symptoms of a serious condition or disease. We've collected some basic information to help...
Caring for your newborn foals begins with proper prenatal care for your mares. Follow this expert advice on mare and foal care, and give them the best start possible.
Good feeding practices are the key to prevention
Botulism is caused by toxins produced by a bacterium in low-or-no-oxygen environments, and can be deadly to horses. They usually ingest the toxins in their feedstuffs. Eating trampled hay, or hay...
Keep an eye on their diet and lessen the stressors during a show
Horses like having a daily routine. When they're taken to shows, the ability to manage the disruptions can make a difference in their performance. Dave Freeman is an extension equine...
Some fractures can be fixed. Others cannot.
It used to be that a horse with a broken leg had to be put down. Advancements in equine medicine are now saving many of them. If your horse has a leg fracture, stabilize the leg the best you can and...