Horse Article Archive

Equestrian Injury Statistics

Some equestrian sports have the reputation of being low key, low risk sports. As a result, potential risk and safety considerations may be overlooked. This article provides an overview of some key statistics on horse-related injuries to humans.

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Horse Nutrition Basics on a Budget

During the June 7th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, basic equine nutrition on a budget was the topic. Dr. Bob Coleman, Equine Extension Specialist with University of Kentucky, discussed the various considerations horse owners should evaluate when making feed decisions since feed costs are the major portion of the annual cost of a horse.

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Stall Flooring for the Equine Barn

An equine facility that is energy efficient, safe, labor efficient, and economically possible is desirable. To achieve each of these qualities one must consider the facility in terms of each of its smaller segments, such as flooring, stall design, arena footing, fencing and building materials. After researching the possibilities, the builder has the ability to select the best possible combination for the facility. 

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The Blanketing Dilemma: When to use blankets

Many people often picture winter as a fun time, when they are able to enjoy the glistening snowflakes and winter sports. However, when most horse owners think of winter, they think of added work: scooping snow, chopping ice, and other winter chores. Cold temperatures require many horse owners in the Midwest to trade in their horses’ flysheets for winter blankets. However, some horse owners believe it is better not to blanket horses, letting their natural hair coat provide protection from the cold.

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Congenital Limb Deformities in Horses

This article discusses congenital deformities in horses. “Congenital” refers to a condition that is present from birth. “Deformity” refers to the state of being malformed or misshapen. This discussion will focus on conformation, health, and well-being aspects affected by congenital deformities in horses. There are many congenital deformities, but we will focus on contracted flexor tendons and angular limb deformities.

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Equine Viral Arteritis

Equine viral arteritis (EVA) is a viral infection of horses caused by the equine arteritis virus. EVA leads to respiratory illness, inflammation, bleeding, and abortion in pregnant mares, creating significant economic losses to the equine industry. The disease is caused by an enveloped RNA virus, which infects equine species. The virus is environmentally sensitive, meaning that it is generally not able to persist outside of the horse, though it can persist longer in a cold environment.

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