Horse Health

     Life around the U.S. has it's up sides and down sides. Some of our most beautiful places can also have some of the most dangerous weather and nature related issues. When it comes to being prepared in an emergency, its one thing to have your family covered but what about your horses? There is roughly only 1% of our population in the US that has to worry about what to do with their horse(s) in the event of an emergency. Now more then ever though, people, community groups, and rescue groups have come together to help local horse owners when emergencies hit. Natural disasters seem to be on...
Recent EHV-1 Outbreak       The recent news is alarming, outbreaks of Equine Herpesvirus, aka. EHV-1 have been reported across the Untied States. Florida and Utah are the sitea of multiple horses contracting this scary disease. EHV-1 is transmitted through nasal secretions and can cause abortion in mares, still births and the neurologic form of the disease, equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy or EHM. EHM can be fatal.   So its out there, lurking in the dark like some scary monster at the back of your brain. What if, your horse got sick? What if you don't catch it in time? What do I do, how...
  In 2004, the U.S. Department of Agriculture instituted a program of mass livestock identification using microchips, tattooing and branding in an effort to identify and track sick animals in the event of a disease outbreak. Nationwide, ranchers and farmers objected to the program, called the National Animal Identification Program, seeing it as an attempt of the government to monitor and control the horse and cattle industry. The USDA disbanded the program in February, 2010, but many horse owners continue to microchip their animals as protection against theft and loss. Since horses are...
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The Basics of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Eastern equine encephalitis, also referred to as eastern equine encephalomyelitis or EEE, is an avian virus that can be communicated to humans and horses through mosquito bites. Cases of EEE are primarily seen on the eastern seaboard of the United States between New England and Florida. EEE is most prevalent in southern coastal regions due to the prime mosquito breeding conditions. New cases of EEE are commonly seen during warm summer months. The virus originates in birds and is transmitted through the bird population by mosquito bite. The virus...
The Basics of Horse Teeth Horses, like the vast majority of mammals, have two sets of teeth. The first set of teeth is present when they are born or come in within a few weeks of birth. These are called baby or milk teeth. These teeth fall out when the horse is between two and five years old and the adult teeth come in. A horse's adult teeth are different from human's because, like many grazing mammals, the teeth continue to grow until they are 25 or 30 years old. Horses have canines, incisors, molars and a type of tooth called a wolf tooth. Wolf teeth are typically removed when the horse is...
How Heat Stress Occurs Heat stress occurs when equine athletes' body temperature exceeds 104 degrees Fahrenheit, according to University of Illinois professor Kevin H. Kline PH.D. Normal temperature is around 101 degrees, and temperatures of 107 or 108 degrees are considered a trigger for heat stroke. Equine heat stress is typically caused by a horse being worked hard in hot temperatures. It is most likely to occur during the warmest months of the year and the hottest times of the day. A horse that is suffering from heat stress is creating more heat than its body can naturally dissipate...

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