Tag: inflammation

30 Oct 2020
Woman in white with chestnut horse in woods

Handling Heaves in Your Senior Horse

Heaving, coughing, and nasal discharge. Not your toddler, but your horse.  Both can be alarming at times.  In senior horses, even more so. Recurrent airway obstruction, also known as heaves, are likely to be more severe in older horses.  Although this condition can occur at any age, older horses tend to have more scar tissue […]

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26 Aug 2020
red and ripe rosehip fruit in wicker bowl on table

Your Horse Through Rose(hip) Tinted Glasses

I guess we should have been tipped off by the way our horses seek out these pretty red and tangy fruits by the side of the road.  Who knew?  They did.  Obviously. Rosehip has been used as a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant for hundreds of years.  However, it is only in recent times that its […]

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21 Aug 2020
man with white horse in hayfield

3 Factors That Impact Your Horse’s Immune System

My dad used to say: “I don’t have to know when I die, I just have to know where I die. Then I’ll make sure never to go there.” As witty as it was at the time, such a lot of truth is contained in this sentiment.  The things we know impacts the way we […]

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14 Aug 2020
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Is Feeding-stress Keeping Your Horse Overweight?

Horses are unique creatures and have very unique feeding requirements too. Did you know that your horse’s stomach is only about the size of a rugby ball? It comprises just 10% of the horse’s digestive system and can only hold between 9 to 15 litres at a time. Without a consistent feed supply, their physical […]

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07 Aug 2020
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6 Types of Horse Coughs You Should Not Ignore

If your horse coughs occasionally, there is normally nothing to worry about.  This is a perfectly natural way of keeping their airways clean from dust or small debris. Some coughs, however, may be an early sign of an inflammatory condition that deserves prompt action.  Understanding the different types of coughs coupled with good judgment, may […]

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20 Mar 2020
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Post-workout Leg Care: Part 2 – Looking for Trouble

There are a few ways in which you could take care of your horse’s legs after an extensive workout.  Our friends at EQUUS Magazine shares this insight: “In last week’s post we focussed on learning your horse’s legs. Now that you know what normal is for your horse, you’re ready to tackle the most important […]

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20 Feb 2020

Inflamed Joints in Sport Horses

FEI-certified veterinarian, Duncan Peters, DVM, MS, heads the Sport Horse Program at Hagyard Equine Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Here he explains the role joint inflammation plays in your horse’s injury, how it’s treated and how it may affect your horse’s career: “Acute synovitis is inflammation that appears suddenly in a joint, often the ankle, […]

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07 Feb 2020

Deep Digital Flexor Tendon Injuries in Sport Horses

FEI-certified veterinarian, Duncan Peters, DVM, MS, heads the Sport Horse Program at Hagyard Equine Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. In this second part of the series he explains how this common type of sport horse injury happen, how it’s treated and how it may affect your horse’s career: “DDFT DAMAGE The deep digital flexor tendon […]

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24 Jan 2020
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What You Should Know About Anti-inflammatories

If you’ve ever hesitated when considering anti-inflammatories, Douglas O. Thal, DVM, sheds some light on the pro’s and con’s of using this class of drugs: “Bute” (phenylbutazone) and Banamine® (flunixin meglumine) are the most commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) in the horse. They are very useful drugs used for a variety of conditions and […]

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13 Dec 2019
autumn leaves and brown horse in green grass field

Swelling That is More Than Just Swelling

Kennon Keckler, DVM, sheds some light on the types of swelling and when to pay extra attention: “Lymphangitis, vasculitis, big leg disease, staph infection, or cellulitis. Whatever you call it, this recurrent bacterial infection and leg swelling affects many horses – of any breed – and is a frustrating cause of lameness and loss of […]

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