Grazing Muzzles: Helpful or Stressful?

Despite not being able to bite or groom, the herd dynamics remained the same. Heart rates were low, cortisol (stress hormone) levels remained normal and they did not show any frustrated behaviors. 

When comparing weight loss between the groups, the minis muzzled continuously while on pasture lost weight, while the other group that were only muzzled part-time ended up gaining weight.

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“He’s got the horse AIDS” – Has your horse been tested?

Recent cases may make you rethink your Coggins testing. Most horse people have heard of a “Coggins Test” and many know a negative result is required and only valid for 12 months. But fewer people know the actual disease this test detects or why testing is so important that the government requires it for interstate travel.

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The Anatomy of The Stethoscope

As equine veterinarians, we often demand a lot from our horse owners.  Not only do we need them to provide an accurate history and make decisions regarding medical care, we may also depend on owners to help restrain during exams.  It is common for part of the history to be given to us while we are examining the patient while the owner is holding for us.  As veterinarians, we do our best to multitask but there are limits to how many things we can juggle at once. 

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Equine Strangles

“Strangles” is the laymen’s term for an upper respiratory infection in horses caused by the bacteria Streptococcus equi equi. Strangles is most common in young horses (<5 years old) but can affect horses of all ages. This disease is highly contagious and if a horse is suspected of having or carrying the bacteria, quarantine protocols are recommended to prevent further spread of the disease.

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Don’t Forget the Donkeys

So what is the actual difference between a donkey and a horse?  Both fall under the family Equidae, which includes horses, donkeys, and zebras.  However, the donkey is actually a different species called Equus asinus as opposed to a horse which is Equus caballus. 

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