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  1. Protecting the Newborn Foal's Immunity

    Protecting the Newborn Foal's Immunity
    Protecting the Newborn Foal's Immunity In that critical window of the first 12 hours after birth, you can maximize the foal's chance of thriving. Foaling season is upon us and everyone realizes the lifesaving importance of the mare’s colostrum in transferring disease-protecting antibodies to the new foal.  But the colostrum does much more than this. For example...
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  2. What is the cause of headshaking, and how can I help my horse?

    What is the cause of headshaking, and how can I help my horse?
    Question: Have you addressed and or resolved head-shaking with horse hair analysis and the results?  A calm and healthy horse website in New Zealand says that it's too much potassium causing it. They say it is epidemic in New Zealand due to lush grasses and clover. Have you had any experience with this disorder? Dr. Kellon: There are many possible...
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  3. How can I help my horse be more comfortable with allergy itches?

    How can I help my horse be more comfortable with allergy itches?
    Question: Hello - My horse has been diagnosed with allergies to many things such as Rye and Bermuda grasses, wheat and corn, stable flies, fire ants, etc. I have him on allergy injections and I cannot tell if that is helping. He is itchy with no noted skin lesions, works consistently well and has good manners in general. I would...
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  4. How can I help my mare's chronic itch?

    How can I help my mare's chronic itch?
    Question: I live inEast Texas. I have a 15 year old Morgan mare that has had chronic allergic itch beginning in the spring and ending in the late fall. As she has aged, it just gets worse each summer. Her skin is very dry. The vet gives me kenalog shots to try to help control it. I have her on...
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  5. Navigating Allergy Season

    Navigating Allergy Season
    Navigating Allergy Season The groundhog was right about six more weeks of winter, but spring is just around the corner and with it all the plants, molds and insects that can spell allergy. Studies in several species and different equine breeds have uncovered a genetic predisposition to develop allergies and even the genes involved, but destiny does not...
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  6. Should you get a Goat?

    Should you get a Goat?
    The price for an equine of all ages, breeds and sizes continues to climb. Adding one to your family as a companion for your horse also doubles all your equine expenses. An alternative is to pick another species to be your horse's buddy. Goats win hands down. If you're not familiar with goats you are in for a surprise...
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  7. The Benefits of Feeding Flax

    The Benefits of Feeding Flax
    The Benefits of Feeding Flax Even fans of feeding flax may not realize all its benefits.  It's a very healthful supplemental feed item for horses of all ages, classes and uses. People usually feed flax for its high omega-3 fatty acid content. There are two classes of fatty acids (the building blocks of fats) that must be in...
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  8. The Profound Importance of Immune Protection

    The Profound Importance of Immune Protection
    The Profound Importance of Immune Protection You are what you eat is never truer than with the immune system.  The immune system is truly an army, with Infantry, Special Forces and even an Intelligence division. Communications employs tens of thousands of different codes carried on the cytokines which also connect it to each and every organ function of...
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  9. Nutrition for your Mare's Advancing Pregnancy

    Nutrition for your Mare's Advancing Pregnancy
    Nutrition for your Mare's Advancing Pregnancy What your pregnant mare lacks in her diet will be taken from her body to nourish the foal. This is a nice fail-safe for the developing foal but not at all good for the mare long term. In the last half of pregnancy, the foal grows from the size of a small dog...
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  10. Compensating for Winter Hay Deficiencies

    Compensating for Winter Hay Deficiencies
    Compensating for Winter Hay Deficiencies  Poor nutrition over winter is a common occurrence for the feral horse, but there is no reason for the well managed domestic horse to have these challenges. Understanding the deficiencies in older hay can help you maintain optimal nutrition. It's the time of year when even last year's hay isn't so new...
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