Spring often marks the beginning of new things. New buds on trees, new songbirds singing and as all equestrians know, a new summer coat for horses. This transition means you need to consistently groom your horse to keep them looking their best.
The relationship between horses and people is often one of leader and follower. People set the boundaries, and care for the horse in nearly every aspect of its’ life. Because of this, it’s easy to horse owners to think of communication as a one-way street.
It’s every horse owner’s worst nightmare. The moment you watch your horse trot across the pasture or stumble across a change in terrain and think “are they lame?” Not to mention the fan fair of diagnosis and treatments that usually ensue afterward.
Just as humans experience stress in situations that are mentally or physically difficult, horses also experience stress as a natural response to changes or challenges in their environment. Stress in your horse can result in anxiousness and can cause physical symptoms such as ulcers and colic.
A horse’s nature and their environment can contribute to scrapes, bruises, cuts, punctures, and all sorts of different trauma to the legs. Usually, these are not serious, and the swelling goes away easily. However, horses are also susceptible to a more challenging type of limb swelling called cellulitis.
Equine Infectious Anemia also known as Swamp Fever is a viral disease. This virus attacks the horse’s immune system which can be potentially fatal. EIA can be transmitted by blood-feeding insects, such as...