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The Truth about Supplements: Equine Probiotics and Prebiotics

Supplements are always a hot topic in the barns. They are generally very available, inexpensive and easy to administer. Many supplements offer quick fixes for complex problems, such as preventing colic, halting the progression of joint disease, immune support, etc….

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Barn Fire Prevention

I am not sure about you, but I have several irrational fears about the safety of my horses. One of my all time scariest nightmares is to have a barn fire…. This week, Dr. Rebecca Gimenez has written a very…

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10 things your equine veterinarian secretly wishes they could tell you

I’ve seen a few of these articles around the internet, so I thought that it would be appropriate to make a list for horse owners. Here goes! We are not late because we decided to take a long lunch: Equine vets…

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Preparing your horse for Winter

The leaves are changing, the air is getting cooler, horse blankets have come out of storage and the time of snow, frozen ground and cold temperatures is going to be upon us in no time. We are struggling with the…

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Understanding Cancer in Horses

With Breast Cancer Awareness Month in full swing, I thought that now would be a good time to discuss cancer in horses. Neoplasms in horses are relatively rare, affecting about 3% of horses. The majority of cancers affect the skin….

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Is your horse in pain? Understanding equine pain behavior.

Interpreting pain in horses is often very challenging. After all, we are humans and we communicate between each other using formal languages using words with well understood connotations. But, we do not speak “horse.” As I have discussed in a previous post, horses…

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In case of emergency: What should be in your barn emergency kit

If you spend enough time around horses, you are bound to experience some form of catastrophe.  It is because of the constant plight of the equine to try and injure themselves in the most unique inopportune way that an emergency…

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4-H Equine to Equine Surgery Resident: Meet Molly Bellefeuille, DVM, MS

Dr. Molly Bellefeuille’s desire to focus on equine started at an early age with 4-H equine programs.  She also enjoyed showing performance quarter horses during her youth which bolstered her interests in horses even more.  Those experiences encouraged her to pursue her goal of…

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Understanding Equine Arthritis

What is arthritis? Arthritis in horses is a progressive, degenerative disease, or a “wear and tear” injury that typically affects older horses.  In other words, what is happening is slow breakdown of the articular cartilage. Articular cartilage is very important…

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Mission Impossible: Keeping a Horse Sound

Horses have a special knack for injuring themselves…and it always seems to happen at the most inopportune time. I think that they do it on purpose right before a show, the night before a pre-purchase exam, or while you are…

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