Horse Article Archive

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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New Concepts in Parasite Control in Adult Horses

Recommendations for intestinal parasite control in adult horses are changing. These changes are based on new evidence for the types of parasites commonly affecting horses as well as the development of parasite populations that are becoming resistant to treatment with an anthelmintic (de-wormer). Evidence now exists to suggest that adult horses tend to vary greatly in both their susceptibility to parasites as well as in their tendency to shed, or release parasite eggs into the environment.

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As South Dakota's farmers, ranchers and communities deal with the challenges brought on by drought conditions impacting more than half the state, SDSU Extension is connecting individuals with resources and research-based information.

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