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Drink-Up Keeps Travelling Horse Hydrated

Drink-Up Keeps Travelling Horse Hydrated

Like many equestrians, Jean Higgins from Queensland struggled to hydrate a horse that would not drink while on the road—until she decided to try KER’s Drink-Up.

Australasian Focus

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Mare and foal in pasture

Omegas Benefit Broodmares Year-Round

A long checklist of items must be addressed prior to breeding a mare: sire selection, breeding soundness examination, vaccination and deworming review, and assessment of body weight and nutritional status.

Nutrition

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bone health in horses

Supplements, Tiludronate, and Bone Health in Horses

In addition to appropriate training regimens, diet plays an important role in healthy bone formation. Calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and other minerals and vitamins contribute to skeletal strength. In certain horses, nutritional supplements containing these ingredients could make the difference between sound and lame.

KER Research

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What Is the Best Type of Selenium Supplement for Horses?

This study was conducted to evaluate how exercised Thoroughbreds digest and retain selenium from either sodium selenite or selenium-enriched yeast-supplemented diets.

Health

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alternative treatment for equine Cushing's disease

Surgery for Equine Cushing's Disease: A Possibility?

Pergolide remains the only FDA-approved medication for horses with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, or Cushing’s disease. It can, however, be costly for some owners and time-consuming to administer. In lieu of oral pergolide, a pair of veterinary surgeons recently explored whether surgery could help affected horses.

General Interest

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equine tendon injuries

Scoring Tendon Injuries in Horses

Despite being considered the tool of choice, no record of repeatability or reliability of ultrasonographic scoring systems for superficial digital flexor tendon injuries is available. Because of this, a team of researchers recruited 16 horses and five equine veterinarians to test their newly developed ultrasonographic scoring system.