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Start Show Season Right with Equi-Jewel

Start Show Season Right with Equi-Jewel

In order to start show season off on the right “hoof,” horses need proper training and nutrition. Preparing a horse nutritionally for summer competitions will not only help guarantee a good start, but also a good finish.

Australasian Focus

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temporomandibular joint in horses

Chewing Problems in Horses: Consider TMJ Issues

Abnormalities within the oral cavity, such as dental malocclusions characterized by misaligned teeth, may cause abnormal forces to be placed on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), triggering inflammation and degeneration.

Nutrition

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treating asthma in horses

New Approach to Equine Asthma: Nebulization and Fatty Acids

One group of researchers suggested that nebulization of standard injectable formulations of dexamethasone sodium phosphate could serve as an economical, safe, and effective alternative to commercial inhaled corticosteroids for managing equine asthma.

KER Research

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How Does Dietary Rice Bran Affect Glycemic Response in Horses?

The objective of this study was twofold: to measure the starch content of rice bran, whole oats, and corn, and to determine the glycemic response to a meal of rice bran in Thoroughbred horses.

Health

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equine neurological disorders

New Test Distinguishes Equine Neurological Disease from Lameness

Considering that many diagnostic tools used to identify a neurological condition in horses are either invasive or costly, one group of researchers found a better option: phosphorylated neurofilament H.

General Interest

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creeping indigo toxic to horses

Creeping Indigo: Poison Lurks Low in Horse Pastures

If you’re like many, daresay most, horse owners, you probably don’t think too much about the weeds that grow amid the pasture grasses. One low-lying plant that can play havoc with your horse’s health is creeping indigo, a legume that causes liver and neurological disease.