Equine Eye Issues

There have been so many eye cases lately I thought we should go over some of the more common causes of equine eye issues. I consider eye problems to be emergencies for the facts that it is often difficult for an owner to identify what is going on, and even a small...

Equine Wound Healing

Equine wound healing is a complex and elegant process of rebuilding damaged, dead, or missing tissue. There are 3 stages of wound healing: inflammatory, proliferation, and remodeling. The names give you an idea of what process is predominant at the time. Simply put,...

Equine Rain Rot

Since we are well into the lower Alabama rainy season it seems a good time to review the equine skin condition known as “rain rot” or “rain scald”. It is properly termed Dermatophilosis, and is a bacterial infection by a specific bacteria that normally resides on the...

Mare Reproductive Infections

Reproductive Bacteria Infections Every year we have some mares come to us for breeding that failed to become pregnant the previous year. After an ultrasound to visually evaluate the reproductive tract and deal with any issues found there, we often suggest a culture of...

Foal Handling – New Foal Steps

Now that you have a new foal, what do you need to do with it? There are several important things you need to tend to when foal handling:   1. For the first three days you need to treat the navel stump 3 times a day with an appropriate antimicrobial solution. This...

EQUINE BIOSECURITY

Biosecurity simply means protecting yourself and your animals from communicable diseases. As an equine practitioner, what I’m going to share with you is specific to your horses, but if you think about it, you can figure how to apply it to other species you have as...

Are you expecting a foal this year?

Horse Gestation – Gestation Period for Horses Are you expecting a foal this year? Do you know what to expect?! The gestation length of a foal is anywhere from 320-365 days. Mares due in winter tend to carry longer than those due in summer. Foals close to either...

The Trouble with Colic

Colic Symptoms Colic is the most common medical issue we see in horses. Colic is a broad term that indicates pain from the gastrointestinal tract. A common cause is an impaction, which is ingested material that is more dry than normal and not easily moved along...

Breeding Season!

Breeding Season Is Upon Us It’s about the time to be thinking about your broodmares for the coming breeding season if you haven’t already. Open mares should be under lights to stimulate them to begin cycling earlier than they normally would. If they failed to conceive...

Hoof Rings in Horses

Hoof Rings in Horses: What Do They Mean? By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · November 6, 2013 Most horse owners have noticed that the surfaces of their horses’ hooves are not completely uniform from the coronary band to the ground. Because new hoof originates at the...
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