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Which Is Best' Flaxseed or Fish Oil For Your Horse

The equine-nutrition buzzword ?omega? can influence your choice in feeds and supplements. What you may not realize, though, is which omega your horse needs and which you're truly getting. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are important in the equine diet because they're the only forms of fat the horse cannot synthesize, or make, in his body. That means they must be present in the horse's diet in order for the horse to benefit from them. A horse who is deficient in his intake of these essential fatty acids will likely have a dry coat, skin and hooves. Internally, he'll be battling

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The Basics of Nerve Blocks

Grant Miller, DVM

Many horse owners become confused when their veterinarian uses nerve blocks in their horses to localize lameness. This post reviews the basics of what the vet is doing when he or she places a nerve block. read more

Urgent Care: Leg Swelling

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

Swelling on your horse’s leg may be as simple as lower leg edema from standing in his stall to a bowed tendon to a serious infection. Look at the conditions surrounding this swelling to decide if it’s a veterinary emergency and to get an idea of the prognosis. An acute swelling that’s warm and tender to the touch suggests a recent injury or a developing infection. With infection, the area may feel hot. Check your horse’s temperature. A fever suggests infection. If so, look carefully for a small puncture wound site or any area with drainage.  An read more

A Lesson in Shortening Your Reins

Margaret Freeman

Thoughts about how we shorten our reins and how the horse might react to our technique. read more

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