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Selenium`s Good Stuff

We’re used to hearing precautions about feeding too much selenium, but most people know nothing more about it than too much of it can be toxic. Some know the horse needs it but not why or how much.Selenium is beneficial and necessary. It’s a potent antioxidant, protecting the horse’s muscle from damage caused by end products of energy generation. This is why selenium is especially important for horses in heavy work and those with a history of tying up.Selenium is also important for broodmares. Inadequate selenium intake in pregnant mares leads to a potentially

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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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