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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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Pedal Osteitis in the Horse

Pedal osteitis is a common condition in the horse, resulting in ongoing foot pain and lameness, which can be extremely limiting to athletic performance.  The end result for many horse owners is rest, specific shoeing strategies, medications, and in some cases surgery is warranted.  Despite these treatment options, many horses do improve in their soundness,…

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Managing Insulin and Leptin Resistance in the Horse

Insulin and leptin resistance are very common in the horse suffering from equine metabolic syndrome.  Although the increase in levels of these two hormones is due to inflammatory changes on a cellular level, the rise in levels can contribute to various health problems in the horse.  Many horse owners that own horses with insulin or…

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Insulin and Leptin Resistance in the Horse

Insulin and in more recent years, leptin, have gained much attention among horse owners for a variety of reasons.  In most cases, the two hormones are often associated with metabolic syndrome in the horse and the increased risk of laminitis.  Despite the increased attention to both insulin and leptin, many horse owners are often at…

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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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Laminitis in the Horse; Causes and Considerations

Laminitis is a common lameness and health condition impacting a large percentage of horses from many disciplines.  It is a condition which most horse owners and veterinarians fear and even despise, mainly due to the ongoing level of care that is required and additionally, the poor prognosis.  Laminitis in the horse is a complex condition…

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Tendon and Ligament Injuries in the Horse and Recovery

Tendon injuries are all too common in the horse and are not just confined to the equine athlete.  Any horse can succumb to a strained tendon, even on pasture, with a wrong step or muddy footing.  Despite the injuries being common, the recovery process can be quite extensive for many, resulting on a significant time…

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A Thoroughbred, The Microbiome, and Sore Feet

Thoroughbreds have always been one of my favorite breeds, as an owner and veterinarian.  They are unique to themselves, just as any other breed is unique, with each having positive and negative aspects. In the Thoroughbred, especially the off-track horse, one major problem that is noted is sore feet, which can originate from many causes. …

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