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Two things you don't want to see in your horse this spring.

Posted by Karen on Thu 1st of March 2007

Springtime is a chance to see how well, or not so well, your horse fared through the winter. Listen in, and find out what to do if he's showing either of the two most common springtime warning signs.

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March 2007 Horse Care IQ Quiz

Posted by Karen on Thu 1st of March 2007

Hooves that chip. Tenderfooted horses. Thrown shoes. White line disease. Peeled-up toes. Underrun heels. They all can be traced to the same horsekeeping issue. Easy to understand, once it's been explained to you. And honestly, it's a horsekeeping issue that's not all that difficult to correct.

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Got Straight Legs? A simple way to protect your newborn foal against flexural deformities.

Posted by Karen on Thu 1st of February 2007

One thing we veterinarians used to say, because there wasn't any better information out there at the time, was that contracted tendons are the result of the "bones growing too fast for the soft tissues to keep up." The fact that contracted tendons were becoming more and more common got blamed on diet. There may be an element of truth to these beliefs, but they're not solidly backed by science. And, with a simple and practical change in the way you care for your newborn foals, you can help keep those beautiful legs developing straight and true.

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February 2007 Horse Care IQ Quiz

Posted by Karen on Thu 1st of February 2007

Most everybody knows what their choices are for dealing with tapeworms and bots -- there's really no confusion there. But what about the other major parasites, such as large and small strongyles, ascarids, and pinworms? What about parasites that develop resistance to the dewormers? Are you supposed to rotate dewormers, or not? You've probably heard conflicting information, and there's a reason for that. Let's clear this up right now.

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The "wintertime colic" - five steps to preventing impaction.

Posted by Karen on Mon 1st of January 2007

Impaction is an extreme (and often life threatening) form of constipation, but by most estimates it rarely occurs in horses in the wild. In fact, horses that are exceptionally well cared for may be more at risk, because of well-meaning but unnatural horsekeeping practices. Impaction colic often requires surgery. That's a tough decision, both economically and morally, particularly if your horse is getting on in years. So tune in, and learn five ways that horsekeepers commonly love their horses "to death," and five ways to improve your horsekeeping, to help keep your horse from falling victim to impaction colic.

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January 2007 Horse Care IQ Quiz

Posted by Karen on Mon 1st of January 2007

The Overweight Horse. Everybody tells you he needs to lose weight. But how do you accomplish that? When you cut down on his feed, he starts chewing on wood and leaning over the fences. And, it doesn't seem to work anyway...

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December 2006 Horse Care IQ Quiz

Posted by Karen on Fri 1st of December 2006

Why is a wound on a horse's lower leg prone to getting that ugly, bulbous, pink growth called proud flesh? If you understand how this happens, you'll understand why most of the common ways of handling wounds actually increase the chance that proud flesh will form. And, you'll understand why the Integral Horse way makes sense. Learn all about how to be prepared just in case, and what to do the next time your horse gets a leg wound.

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Prepare For Foaling Like A Pro

Posted by Karen on Fri 1st of December 2006

It's always preferable to foal outside, on clean turf, but that's not always possible. Having attended more than 2,000 foalings, in a variety of facilities over the past 30 years, Dr. Karen Hayes has strong feelings about how a foaling stall can either add comfort and security, or create serious problems. So, even if you've read umpteen articles about how a foaling stall should be set up, listen in and learn more, from this equine reproduction specialist and award-winning author.

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November 2006 Horse Care IQ Quiz

Posted by Karen on Wed 1st of November 2006

What's the best way to keep your horse physically fit? Is there one particular kind of exercise program that's better than another? Find out how to design a workout program for your horse that gets him in good shape and keeps him there, without excessive wear and tear or increased risk of injury.

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Horses and Pain II

Posted by Karen on Wed 1st of November 2006

What if you know your horse IS in pain. Then what? If he needs a painkilling drug, which would be the best choice for him? It's not just a veterinary decision. The more you know, the more you can participate in making the choice that's in your horse's best interests. In this segment of Dr. Hayes' lecture, you'll learn about the NSAIDs.

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