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Poll Evil: Taking Care of your Horse’s Poll

Every good horse enthusiast knows the importance of a horse’s poll – which is the highest point of a horse’s skull nestled between their ears. Although the poll area is relatively small compared to some of your horse’s muscles, it […]

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West Nile Virus in Horses

West Nile is a disease caused by a virus (WNV) carried by mosquitoes.  Mosquitoes first become exposed to the virus when they feed on infected birds.    Once the mosquito is infected, it may transit the virus to people or to […]

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What is Rain Rot?

Rain Rot or rain scald is a common equine skin disease caused by a bacterial infection.  The source of infection is a bacterium known as Dermatophilus congolensis, which lies dormant in the outer layer of the horse’s skin. When the […]

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PSSM in Horses

Equine polysaccharide storage myopathy or PSSM is a muscle disease in horses. It is most commonly associated with heavy horse breeds like Draft Horses, Warmbloods, and the American Quarter Horse. Two forms have now been identified: Type 1, which is […]

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Colic Prevention and Relief Tips

Equine colic is an extremely common disorder of the digestive system in horses and it can be life threatening. The term colic means abdominal pain and the condition can affect various areas of the digestive tract for numerous reasons.  It […]

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Nightshade poisoning in Horses

There is a whole list of wild plants that have been found to be poisonous to horses. One of the more common and especially toxic types is the deadly nightshade plant, or Atropa Belladonna. Horses will usually avoid eating poisonous […]

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