Category: Health

From the book by Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz 1885, Gera, Germany
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The ‘Bute’ debate and herbal alternatives to phenylbutazone

Herbalist Robert McDowell talks about the dangers of bute and what natural products are available.

Inside the horse's mouth
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Inside the horse’s mouth

Evolution has designed the horse’s skull to accommodate greater quantities of high-fiber forage foods.

Experts discuss the science of horse supplements
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Experts discuss the science of horse supplements

Two American equine specialists explore the issues around supplement use in horses.

A horse with Pigeon Fever. © University of Florida
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Pigeon fever in horses on rise across the US, study confirms

Rise seen in last 10 years, with a particular surge in 2011-2012.

Tsensation, a 25-year-old Arabian gelding, is shown with his owner, Rae Marie Smith, at her farm in Ocala. Tsensation is one of 35 horses treated successfully for a challenging form of colic through the use of a technique developed by University of Florida equine surgeons. Photo: Sarah Carey
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New grading system proves worth in treating difficult colic cases

System could save lives of horses and reduce surgical costs.

Wound-healing secrets of raw honey identified
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Wound-healing secrets of raw honey identified

Swedish researchers point to 13 lactic acid bacteria carried by bees.

US clinical trial announced for equine melanoma vaccine
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US clinical trial announced for equine melanoma vaccine

Year-long trial planned for vaccine injected directly into tumors.

New test can identify carriers of gene behind Connemara hoof condition
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New test can identify carriers of gene behind Connemara hoof condition

Test opens way for breeders to better manage distressing ailment.

A horse affected by laminitis.
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Web-based British study targets laminitis risk factors

3000 British horse and pony owners sought for research project.

Paul Tapner (AUS) on Kilronan
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Feel the beat: Heart arrhythmias common in sport horses

Cardiologist discusses exercised-induced cardiac changes in horses.

Surge in laminitis cases reported in annual British horse survey
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Surge in laminitis cases reported in annual British horse survey

A mild winter, lots of rain and warm spring may be responsible.

The striped blister beetle. Photo: Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org
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Surge in striped blister beetles a potential horse threat – specialist

Beetle found in alfalfa hay can prove dangerous to horses.

Professor Andy Durham
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Major threat to human health also a serious risk to horses – expert

Growing risk of metabolic syndrome in humans mirrored in horses.

Ten tips to help horses cope with hot weather
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Ten tips to help horses cope with hot weather

A few simple strategies can reduce the toll of summer heat.

Colic surgery: What are the chances of success?
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Colic surgery: What are the chances of success?

Just over half survived to discharge, a Norwegian study found.

Start early to prevent equine arthritis, researchers say
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Start early to prevent equine arthritis, researchers say

Prevention shows promise in fending off joint issues.

Genetic factors increase risk of foal pneumonia - study
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Genetic factors increase risk of foal pneumonia – study

Texas study zeroes in on location on chromosome 26.

Calvin receives his chemotherapy at the New Bolton Center.
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Cancer no handbrake for resilient Calvin

A course of chemotherapy has him in remission and he’s competing.

Heart murmurs in horses must be assessed, says expert
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Heart murmurs in horses must be assessed, says expert

“It’s highly unusual for significant cardiac disease to be present without a murmur.”

Scientists well behind in their understanding of headshaking - expert
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Scientists well behind in their understanding of headshaking – expert

“Research efforts in this area should be a priority.”

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