The Educated Horseman: Health Series

Neely Walker  |  5/26/2016 3:05:56 PM

Electrolytes for the Performance Horse

Electrolyte supplementation is vital for the overall health and athletic ability of a performance horse. Electrolytes help control multiple physiologic processes within the body, including muscle contraction, thirst regulation, nerve function, blood pH and hydration. Sweating is your horse’s primary method of thermoregulation.

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Equine Insulin Resistance

Proper feeding is one of the most important factors in maintaining your horse’s overall health and performance. When your horse digests its food, carbohydrates produce glucose (sugar), which becomes your horse’s main source of energy. Once its body recognizes the increase in available glucose, insulin is produced to regulate the glucose concentration and use throughout the body. Insulin resistance (IR) occurs when the body is no longer sensitive to the actions of insulin. Therefore, a horse that is insulin-resistant will require higher quantities of insulin to properly utilize the available glucose from digested feed.

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Knowing Your Horse’s Vitals Has Many Benefits

If you own, ride or handle horses, at some point your horse probably will experience an injury, illness or disease.

Some cases will be minor and will not require veterinary attention. For the serious events, however, there is language that is important to understand and terms that will help you communicate effectively with your veterinarian.

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Equine Vaccinations

Kid with Vet

Vaccination is considered the most cost-effective method of preventing infectious diseases, but vaccines do have limitations. It is important to recognize that vaccines are not 100 percent effective and cannot prevent all horses from becoming ill.

Generally, vaccines need to be administered to a horse at least two to four weeks prior to shipping your horse to a new location, hauling it to an event or exposing it to new horses. This ensures the horse has time to generate enough antibodies for protection from diseases.

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Gastric Ulcers: A Performance-reducing Issue for Horses

Gastric Ulcer

Classic outward signs of ulcers are a reflection of the pain stemming from the eroded patch (sores) in the stomach.
The most suggestive signs of an ulcer include:

  • Grinding teeth
  • Belching noises
  • Decreased appetite
  • Colic
  • Salivation
  • Poor coat
  • Weight loss
  • Irritability
  • Poor performance

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Avoiding Equine Heat Stress in Louisiana

When midsummer arrives in Louisiana, temperatures in most areas generally are in the mid-90s, and the humidity easily is more than 50 percent. For those of us who are still riding our horses, we probably are remembering the proper personal precautions of sunscreen, water, a hat and a long-sleeved shirt. But did any of us stop to think about our horses?

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Updated Equine Deworming Protocol

Overuse of equine deworming products is playing a big role in the development of parasite resistance. This has led veterinarians to recommend a more efficient deworming program based on your individual horse’s needs.

Research has shown that 20 percent of horses in a herd can carry as much as 80 percent of the parasites. Therefore, some horses may only need to be treated twice a year.

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Septic Arthritis or Joint Ill Can Threaten Foals

Septic arthritis, more commonly known as joint ill, typically is caused by a bacterial infection in foals. This infection can be life threatening if not treated appropriately, and even if treated, it still can leave lasting effects on an animal’s overall soundness and athletic performance.

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Common lameness issues in barrel racing horses

barrel racing

Barrel racing is one of the most popular uses of the American Quarter Horse in North and South America with approximately $14 million dollars awarded annually in prize money. However, this popularity takes a heavy toll on horses, most commonly resulting in forelimb lameness.

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Managing Moody Performance Mares

cranky mare

Behavioral problems, temperament changes, lack of focus and pain are just a few of the symptoms horse owners have reported while their mares are in heat. These changes are so common most people believe reduced performance issues in mares are caused by hormonal changes. Unfortunately, this belief has caused many horse owners to place higher emphasis on gender and discount more important performance factors.

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