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Equine Non-Profits Granted Nearly $70,000 by USA Equestrian Trust

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Equine Non-Profits Granted Nearly $70,000 by USA Equestrian Trust

USA Equestrian Trust® announced it has awarded nearly $70,000 in grants to help fund equine-focused projects by a dozen non-profits. The organizations receiving funding all submitted applications as part of the Trust’s 2020 application period. Since the inception of its grants program, the Trust has awarded more than $2.2 million in grants. The Trust is also […]

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How to Read a Horse Feed Tag

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How to Read a Horse Feed Tag

If you think about all the different ingredients in a bag of horse feed, including forage and grain products, the reason why these guarantees are important becomes more obvious. Ingredient prices and fluctuations due to the weather, the season and other variables can easily change the composition of a bag of feed.

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New Study Investigates Whether Obesity a Risk Factor for Asthma in Horses

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New Study Investigates Whether Obesity a Risk Factor for Asthma in Horses

Obesity has been identified as an important risk factor for asthma in humans. While some evidence suggests there also is an association between the two in horses, it has not been fully explored. The main therapy to treat asthma is corticosteroids, but for obese horses those come with a concern for complications, such as laminitis.

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Preventing Equine Asthma Spectrum Conditions

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Preventing Equine Asthma Spectrum Conditions

There is in the sense that so much enters the horse through the nose, which is the gateway to the respiratory system. (Remember, horses are “obligate nasal breathers.” They don’t breathe through their mouth.) If the immune system is already responding to an airway irritant, then gets hit with an allergen, it can get very wound up.

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Help Your Horse Shed its Winter Coat

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Help Your Horse Shed its Winter Coat

In order to help your horse shed its thick winter hair, it is first important to understand what makes its hair grow. Although hair growth generally coincides with colder temperatures, it is primarily the amount of daylight hours that affects a horse’s hair growth, or lack thereof.

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Trainer Talk- Advice at the Exit Gate

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Trainer Talk- Advice at the Exit Gate

You exit the show pen and see your trainer standing off to the side. Likely your performance (or your trainer’s impression of said performance) will dictate the tone of the conversation that’s about to take place. We’ve all been there. In fact, most of us can guess what our trainer is about to say based upon the raise of an eyebrow, a big grin, or the shake of a head. 

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Welcome to Asthma and Allergy Season, Again

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Welcome to Asthma and Allergy Season, Again

The equestrian world does not have an exact corollary effort, but veterinarians, horse owners and other stakeholders acknowledge the increasing impact of asthma and allergies on the equine population. One example is adoption of the term “Equine Asthma Spectrum” a few years ago. The intent by the veterinary community is to improve awareness and understanding by aligning descriptions of the progression of asthma in horses with those in people.

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Poor Horse Behavior? It Could Be Pain-Related

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Poor Horse Behavior? It Could Be Pain-Related

“In my experience, horses almost never say ‘no.’ Horses can talk, and it is our job to learn how to speak their language and above all, to listen and be their advocate,” said Steve Allday, DVM, an equine lameness specialist with more than 35 years’ experience caring for an impressive list of equine athletes, including legendary racehorses A.P. Indy and Cigar.

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AQHA: Download Free Conformation Chart

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AQHA: Download Free Conformation Chart

Do you know a crest from a croup? Elbows from hocks? This free downloadable chart is perfect for any horseman or -woman learning horse conformation or anyone wanting to brush up on their knowledge.

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Equine Vaccines Topic of Spring UC Davis Horse Report

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Equine Vaccines Topic of Spring UC Davis Horse Report

Spring is vaccine season! UC Davis equine clinician and infectious disease expert Dr. Nicola Pusterla shares the latest on this important topic in the spring issue of the UC Davis Center for Equine Health’s Horse Report. The issue answers common questions about equine vaccines, including:

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