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The Relationship Between Insulin and Weight

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The Relationship Between Insulin and Weight

Many horses that develop laminitis are overweight or obese. We know that the vast majority of laminitis cases are caused by high insulin levels. The correlation has always been obvious and it didn’t take long for an assumption to arise that obesity is a laminitis risk factor and causes elevated insulin.  There’s just one thing: It’s not true.

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Six Tips For Ammonia Control in Horse Stalls

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Six Tips For Ammonia Control in Horse Stalls

Have you ever felt like your barn smelled worse than it reasonably should? We are not talking about normal animal smells — I mean, who doesn’t love the smell of sawdust and fresh hay?

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Pros and Cons of Blanketing

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Pros and Cons of Blanketing

But cold, wet rain on a 32 to 40 degree day is the hardest weather for horses to stay warm because they get wet to the skin. Horses will often seek out a shed or shelter to get out of driving rain, to shiver and warm up. When it’s really cold, 20 degrees or below, horses are generally outside, eating hay and not bothered because their fur is doing its job.

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How to Catch a Loose Horse

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How to Catch a Loose Horse

Check gates and perimeters: Close or block any gates that might secure a perimeter around the loose horse. Be aware that frightened loose horses might jump things they might not ordinarily jump.

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AQHA: Embryo Transfer Enrollment

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AQHA: Embryo Transfer Enrollment

Advances in science and technology are continually changing the horse world. Not too long ago, removing an embryo from a horse and having a surrogate carry that foal to term was the stuff of sci-fi novels. Now, it is common practice. To keep up with the times and still uphold the integrity of the American Quarter Horse breed, AQHA has instated a set of rules for mares and foals involved in embryo transfer.

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Early Training of Young Horses- Imprinting Versus Other Methods

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Early Training of Young Horses- Imprinting Versus Other Methods

The idea of imprint training is to, in a single session, introduce as many new objects and sensations as possible within the first 24 hours after birth. This might include brushes, halters, clippers, other equipment, and touching of the face, body, legs, and hooves.

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Winter Water Woes and Colic Prevention 

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Winter Water Woes and Colic Prevention 

Nothing can drain the color from a horse owner’s face quicker than hearing the word COLIC!  Winter is an important season to focus on colic prevention and ward off water woes that can lead to impaction in the equine gut.

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Tempting Picky Eaters

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Tempting Picky Eaters

We humans have a huge diversity of individual dietary preferences. Some have a raging sweet tooth, others prefer salty or spicy, love or hate specific vegetables, etc. It’s not as complicated for horses.  Their instinctive taste preferences are geared toward survival.  Try as you might, you won’t be able to create an acquired taste for sushi in a horse.

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EquiManagement Launches the Business of Practice Podcast

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EquiManagement Launches the Business of Practice Podcast

A recent survey of equine veterinarians showed that business topics ranked just behind imaging/ultrasound (and was tied with lameness) as the most desired educational subjects. To help meet this need, EquiManagement is proud to launch The Business of Practice podcast that will focus on the fiscal, financial and human sides of equine veterinary practice topics.

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Tips For Successful Goal Setting For the New Year

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Tips For Successful Goal Setting For the New Year

The difference between a dream and a goal is having a plan that will take you there. In order for goals to be successful, they need to be specific and measurable.

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