Unfortunately, a decrease in the temperature can mean an increased risk for colic, specifically impaction colic. Impaction colic is when feed material forms a blockage in the large colon. There are several locations in the large colon where the diameter narrows, and this is where blockages tend to form.
How does cold weather play a role?
In colder temperatures, horses tend to drink less water. This leads to dehydration, which can lead to impaction colic: Dehydration slows gut movement and causes feed content to be very dry. These two factors combined increase the likelihood of impactions forming. However, just because the weather becomes cold does not mean your horse will form an impaction.
With our recent hurricanes, it has been a good reminder of the importance of microchipping your horses. Microchipping is the best form of permanent identification for animals, yet very few people tend to use it. We thought an FAQ might help address some questions our clients might have!
Q: Why is it the best form of identification?
A: Not only does the microchip list the information for the horse, but it lists the owner's information also. Unlike paperwork, this cannot be lost, stolen, faked, or manipulated. Some states are even requiring microchipping for Coggins. If you show in USEF competitions, as of December 1, 2017, your horse will need to be microchipped. If you think about it more prac...
It's the same deal every year. You're getting ready to leave for an event, then you realize your Coggins test is out of date. Or you've lost it. Or maybe you never got it in the first place.
This test is seemingly pointless, as horses NEVER come back positive, right?
So, it begs the question: Why is Coggins testing in horses so important?
With a positive test in North Carolina this week (click here for info), it brings to the forefront the importance of Coggins testing. This test is required annually in the US for any horses that are travelling, showing, or boarding. It may seem like a waste of money, but the federal screening requirements in the US are so effective that you only rarely hear o...
Heaves is a persistent condition that affects the lungs of horses. It is a similar condition to COPD in people. It occurs due to an inflammatory reaction from particles found in the horse's environment. When a horse inhales these particles, the small airways in the horse's lungs narrow and eventually become obstructed.
How can you tell your horse has heaves?
Increased breathing rate
Flaring the nostrils
What should you do?
Do have your horse examined by a veterinarian.
Depending on the severity of the case, your horse may need certain medical treatments to help ease your horse's breathi...
In horses, choke is a condition that occurs when food or some other material becomes stuck in the esophagus. The term choke can be a bit confusing since in people, choking can refer to having something lodged in the trachea (airway).
A few reasons this occurs are because the horse is not chewing properly or the horse is eating too quickly.
What are signs of choke?
Discharge (sometimes containing feed material) coming from both nostrils and/or mouth.
Some horses may make repeated, unsuccessful attempts to swallow.
Not wanting to eat or drink
What should you do if you suspect a horse is choking?
How do I know this? I don’t even know how you’re deworming your horses, but chances are if you are reading this, it’s true. New deworming recommendations were released in 2013 by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), and they contain guidelines that are vastly different from what the equine industry has been doing for the past four decades. During this time, the ideal way to deworm horses was thought to be “Rotational Deworming,” or switching up the drug used each time you deworm, and deworming roughly 6-8 weeks. Odds are, this is most likely what you are doing. We all have for the past 48 years. Unfortunately, this has placed us in a very scary position. The parasites are...
The summer heat can be brutal in the Grand Strand area! Here are some tips to keep your horse cool!
ANY shelter is better than no shelter! Anything from top of the line barns and run-ins to even a tarp strung between trees will help keep your horse out of the sun. If possible, build a structure with good airflow, as many times stagnant air, even in the shade, is really not much better than being outside in the sun! Scroll through the pictures to the left for shelter options in all price ranges!
Water and Electrolytes
Providing your horse with plenty of clean water is a no-brainer, but there is more you can do to keep your horse well hydrated. Scroll through the pictures for some idea...