Archives: April 2017

  1. Mud Woes: How to Deal with Scratches and Thrush

    Mud Woes: How to Deal with Scratches and Thrush
    Mud Woes: How to Deal with Scratches and Thrush It's really hard to come up with anything good to say about mud - except that it's better than ice, which is not saying much.  I want to focus on two challenging skin issues which are made worse by mud.  Scratches/Mud Fever and Thrush. Scratches/mud fever is a skin condition of...
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  2. Effective Action for Spring Laminitis

    Effective Action for Spring Laminitis
    Effective Action for Spring Laminitis A fat pony is the pasture-child for grass-associated laminitis Spring is the peak time for grass-associated laminitis in most parts of the world. It can effectively treated or, better yet, prevented but only if the mechanism is understood. First, what it's not: There is zero evidence to support the idea that naturally occurring spring pasture...
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  3. The Foundation for a Strong Immune System

    The Foundation for a Strong Immune System
    The Foundation for Strong Immunity There are many herbs, plants, and probiotics that can stimulate the immune system, but they won't help if the horse's body does not have the basic nutrients it needs to respond.  That missing link can be provided by the diet. You may not think of them this way, but basic vitamins and minerals play a...
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  4. Spring Grass: Panacea or Liability?

    Spring Grass: Panacea or Liability?
    Spring Grass: Panacea or Liability? Spring grass is mother nature's panacea for winter's nutritional hardships and the huge demands of pregnancy and lactation.  However, rangelands utilized by feral horses usually bear little resemblance to the fields of domesticated horses and even in the spring their diets also include high fiber items like shrubs. Unlimited access to powerhouse grasses can cause...
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