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Horse Health

Maintaining and trimming horse hooves is essential in order to sustain optimal hoof health. Without proper hoof care, a horse’s feet can develop either too much toe or too much heel, among other conditions, and can result in costly treatment in order to get the hooves back to a healthy state. Lack of regular hoof maintenance can also cause horses to become uncomfortable or develop infections. When a horse’s feet become overly unkempt, it’s important for horse owners to provide the proper support and maintenance in order to get hooves healthy again.Causes
Original Post Date: 09/26/2017 - 08:21   |   Last Updated: 2017:09:26 08:21:33

Calling all eventers! We need you to take this important survey. The USEA is excited to announce a new survey study being conducted by a team of equine veterinarians and nutritionists investigating how competition level, training intensity, and management practices impact the gastrointestinal health of event horses. All eventers 18 years of age or older can take the survey for each of their event horses. Surveys are completely anonymous and will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. To thank you for your time, each eventer who completes a survey will be provided a 2
Original Post Date: 09/22/2017 - 09:16   |   Last Updated: 2017:09:27 12:27:53

This educational article is brought to you by Merck Animal Health, the Official Animal Heath Care Provider of the USEA. Stumbling. Weakness and muscle atrophy in the hind end. Behavioral changes. Lameness. Any of these could be a sign your horse has equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). It can have devastating effects on a horse’s ability to perform.
Original Post Date: 09/11/2017 - 15:32   |   Last Updated: 2017:09:11 15:32:41

This educational article is brought to you by Merck Animal Health, the Official Animal Heath Care Provider of the USEA. Gone are the days when you just grabbed a tube of whichever dewormer was on sale. We know now that the most effective deworming program involves treating the right horse at the right time for the right parasites.
Original Post Date: 08/26/2017 - 08:14   |   Last Updated: 2017:09:05 12:03:12

Dr. Catherine Kohn, chair of the USEA Equine Cardiopulmonary Research Group, shares the progress the group has made as well as ways that riders can reduce the risk of equine fatality during competition. Dr. Stephanie Davis then comes on the program to provide some tips to help your horse beat the summer heat and dispels some myths about the best ways to cool down your horse. 
Original Post Date: 08/04/2017 - 08:18   |   Last Updated: 2017:08:04 08:18:41

The mission of the USEA Cardiopulmonary Research Group is to study risk factors for fatality in event horses during competition, with a view to devising strategies to mitigate risk and prevent injuries and fatalities.
Original Post Date: 08/01/2017 - 15:47   |   Last Updated: 2017:08:01 15:47:55

As barefoot horses become more active in warmer months, it is important to consider the impact of different terrains on a horse’s hooves. With the summer season here, horses are out on the trail more, and it’s crucial to be cautious of their soles and hooves in order to maintain good overall hoof health. To do this, there are a couple of options.The Benefits of Boots for Barefoot Horses
Original Post Date: 07/24/2017 - 08:40   |   Last Updated: 2017:07:24 08:40:00

Proper trimming and awareness of a horse’s sole thickness is vital to maintaining optimal hoof health. Whether a horse is growing back over-trimmed soles, is genetically predisposed, if it’s an older horse or other environmental factors, it’s important that hoof care professionals examine the conditions horses are in because it directly impacts sole health. Similar to a fingernail on a fingertip, soles protect the feet from outside harm, and having thin soles is similar to having thin or even no fingernails, making the feet more vulnerable to injury or blisters on abrasive ground.
Original Post Date: 07/05/2017 - 13:46   |   Last Updated: 2017:07:05 13:46:10

Leading equine researcher and scientist, Dr. David Marlin, has been studying thermoregulation and cooling of horses for over 20 years. Marlin shares his advice to keep you and your horse safe if you are training and competing in warm or hot weatherAcclimatization
Original Post Date: 06/21/2017 - 08:55   |   Last Updated: 2017:06:21 08:55:48

Wet winter weather, hot summer sweating, bugs, and more - horse owners always seem to be fighting the elements against skin problems for their beloved equine. Rachael Levine, DVM of Henderson Veterinary Associates outlines an overview of common equine skin ailments and what causes them. 
Original Post Date: 01/27/2017 - 11:48   |   Last Updated: 2017:01:27 09:52:36

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