Gastric ulcers are sores that occur inside the stomach when its lining has become damaged. Horses are subject to ulcers due to their compound stomach. These ulcers can become life-threatening if not managed or treated. While short-term interventions for gastric ulcers such as medication are available, managing the horse’s diet, along with other management strategies, is key to reducing the long-term risk of ulcers.
South Dakota State University is home of a competitive National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA, an affiliate of NCAA) Equestrian team. The school is responsible for providing quality care for about 30 horses, year-round. One major aspect of caring for equine athletes is hoof care.
Use of helmets in horseback riding is becoming more popular. The following article contains answers to some common questions regarding equestrian helmets and their use.
Head injuries account for 10-30% of equestrian injuries and the majority of horse-related fatalities. Wearing a properly fitted helmet is an easy and effective way to reduce the chances of incurring a head injury in case of a fall from or with a horse.
Transporting horses is a common activity for owners, so it is vital to know how to trailer safely in all types of weather. Checking the fluids, tires, brakes, lights, and hitch of your rig is extremely important every time you travel to ensure you and your horse are safe.
Equestrian head injuries are often more severe and require more treatment than other types of horse-related injuries. It is important to take measures to protect against these injuries. Being aware that concussions and other head injuries can occur is a first step towards getting help for riders that have had an accident or fall.
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.
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.
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.
Like many other livestock species, horses are seasonal breeders. Their greatest reproductive activity occurs in the late spring and summer. However, some producers aim to breed for foals early in January or February. The advantage to this is being able to compete horses at an older age within their age group, a practice commonly used within the racing industry.