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Horse Health

Ask horse owners to name their most-feared horse diseases, and chances are equine herpesvirus, or EHV, will be on the list. With the competition season underway, it’s important for equestrians to be vigilant and take preventive measures, from vaccination to biosecurity.
Original Post Date: 02/28/2018 - 09:01   |   Last Updated: 2018:02:28 09:01:14

If a horse experiences sore heels, it can be hard for the horse to stand comfortably without pain and can lead the horse to develop worse conditions. While there are many consequences that can result from sore heels, horses with this condition are prone to develop what’s called contracted heels. Contracted heels are characterized by a narrowing of the heel between the two bulbs, the soft fleshy area where the hoof wall, heel, and coronary band come together.
Original Post Date: 02/27/2018 - 08:16   |   Last Updated: 2018:02:27 08:27:55

This educational article is brought to you by Standlee Hay Company, the Official Forage of the USEA. 
Original Post Date: 02/12/2018 - 08:10   |   Last Updated: 2018:02:12 08:10:24

Brought to you by Merck Animal Health, the Official Animal Health Care Provider of the USEA. There’s nothing more gratifying for a breeder than a promising new foal hitting the ground healthy. A successful outcome starts months prior with the initial breeding, and identifying the time of ovulation is crucial for a successful outcome.Most breedings will result in conception when they occur from 36 hours before ovulation up to the day of ovulation. There are several tools you can use to approximate ovulation and help facilitate scheduled breeding, including:
Original Post Date: 12/18/2017 - 08:11   |   Last Updated: 2018:02:08 11:30:34

Proper hoof care is essential to a horse’s well-being. Without regular hoof maintenance, horses can develop conditions in their feet that cause discomfort and can require costly treatment. One condition that is occurring more frequently in horses is corns – severe, visible bruising in a horse’s feet that is problematic if untreated. It’s important for horse owners to provide the proper support and protection to treat corns and get hooves healthy again.Causes & Symptoms
Original Post Date: 11/29/2017 - 09:09   |   Last Updated: 2017:11:29 09:24:34

Imagine living in a field of grilled cheese sandwiches and milkshakes. That's literally what the summer months are like for your horse. It's easy to forget how much pasture grass can play a role in your horse's diet until the snow starts to fall. As winter sets in and the pasture grass starts to disappear, there's 3 key factors that will play a role in our horse's health: water, fiber, and essential nutrients.Water
Original Post Date: 11/20/2017 - 08:16   |   Last Updated: 2017:11:20 08:16:27

Your horse’s immune system does extraordinary and complex work, but even this intricate defense mechanism can’t go it alone. Vaccination has proven to be an extremely effective and safe way to provide a targeted boost to the immune system to help safeguard horses against deadly infectious diseases.
Original Post Date: 11/13/2017 - 08:53   |   Last Updated: 2018:02:08 11:31:04

Maintaining and trimming horse hooves is essential in order to sustain optimal hoof health. Without proper hoof care, a horse’s feet can develop either too much toe or too much heel, among other conditions, and can result in costly treatment in order to get the hooves back to a healthy state. Lack of regular hoof maintenance can also cause horses to become uncomfortable or develop infections. When a horse’s feet become overly unkempt, it’s important for horse owners to provide the proper support and maintenance in order to get hooves healthy again.Causes
Original Post Date: 09/26/2017 - 08:21   |   Last Updated: 2017:09:26 08:21:33

Calling all eventers! We need you to take this important survey. The USEA is excited to announce a new survey study being conducted by a team of equine veterinarians and nutritionists investigating how competition level, training intensity, and management practices impact the gastrointestinal health of event horses. All eventers 18 years of age or older can take the survey for each of their event horses. Surveys are completely anonymous and will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. To thank you for your time, each eventer who completes a survey will be provided a 2
Original Post Date: 09/22/2017 - 09:16   |   Last Updated: 2017:10:31 08:42:07

This educational article is brought to you by Merck Animal Health, the Official Animal Heath Care Provider of the USEA. Stumbling. Weakness and muscle atrophy in the hind end. Behavioral changes. Lameness. Any of these could be a sign your horse has equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). It can have devastating effects on a horse’s ability to perform.
Original Post Date: 09/11/2017 - 15:32   |   Last Updated: 2018:02:08 11:31:31


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