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Hoof Health and Soundness in the Horse: Personal Observations

“No Foot, No Horse”.  This is a common saying throughout the years that has stood the test of time and has remained truthful in many regards.  The fact is that the horse is highly dependent upon their feet and thus, the external hoof capsule, for overall soundness and quality of life.  The concept of hoof…

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How Important is Gut Health in My Horse?

Wow!  That is a very important question!  How important is your horse’s gut health?  What do you believe as a horse owner?  For some owners and horses, the connection is real, such as in the case of ulcers, recurrent colic, or irritable bowel type of conditions, but for others, it may not be so obvious. …

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The Equine Gastrointestinal Microbiome; Promoting Balance

The equine digestive or gastrointestinal microbiome is a vast organ system within an organ system, that can greatly impact horse health and soundness.  It is a complex system of hundreds of different microorganisms that not only impact digestion, but overall health and inflammation within the horse. When this system is out of balance, a dysbiosis…

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Equine Digestion, Gut Health, and Impact on Disease

Digestion.  It is a simple, yet, very complex process in the horse that is often overlooked by owners and veterinarians.  We often see it as just being a matter of putting food into the mouth, then the stomach, and all will be well in the end.  Although that concept is rather simple, the process is…

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Vaccines and Horse Health; When to Vaccinate

Vaccines are a very valuable tool to aid in the prevention and control of disease, but in some cases, they can prove to be harmful to some equine patients.  In looking at the big picture, your job as a horse owner is to provide the best level of healthcare possible but caution should be taken…

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What Do I Feed My Dog?

Your dog is dependent on you to feed them correctly, but there are many choices out there and no dog is the same inside or out.  A dog can be viewed as a beloved family companion, can be a working animal, or could be an outdoor pet.  Despite the different levels, each dog has their…

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The Equine Gut Microbiome; A Tale of 4 Horses

The equine gastrointestinal microbiome is a fascinating entity that is present within the digestive tract. The balance of the hundreds of bacterial microorganisms within the horse’s digestive tract can either dictate health or disease, contributing on many levels outside of pure digestion.  In past research, we have demonstrated how an overgrowth of lactic acid bacteria…

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Taking the Thoroughbred Race Horse to the Next Level

The Thoroughbred race horse and the racing industry as a whole has been an area of keen interest to me, dating back to my days in veterinary college.  As students, we would see these unique patients on a daily basis and assist in therapy.  I would also spend much of my off-time, at the local race tracks in Ohio, in the backstretch, to get a different view point and learn as much as I could.  Given my current location, we do not have TB racing in our state, but yet, I still work with them on an almost daily basis through rehabilitation and consultations, with a quick trip here and there to tracks outside of my state. Through our research and consultations, along with reading as much as I can my hands on, I begin to make connections to what we are doing now, as compared to 20-30+ years ago.  Could these differences or changes be creating the rise in lameness, poor performance and EIPH (bleeders)?  If so, could management of these factors help us to reduce those problems and maybe enhance performance on a whole new level?

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