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Herd Health Planning

Managing horses in groups has numerous benefits for their behavioral health; however, it has its own set of management challenges.

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Rodents: The Uninvited Guests

Use these strategies to keep your barn clean and rodent-free.

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6 Things you may not have known about Pigeon fever

Once found mainly in California, this bacterial infection has now been documented in 25 states across the country. Here are 6 little known or sometimes forgotten facts about the infection.

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Calming without medication

Here are 10 ways to reduce a horse’s anxiety without resorting to sedatives or tranquilizers.

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A Field Guide To Equine Allergies

Learn the 5 most common triggers of allergic reactions in horses so you’ll be better able to counter or prevent them.

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A Buyer's Guide To Trail Saddles

Whether you prefer English, Western, Australian or endurance styles, you’ll find an array of saddles engineered to keep you and your horse comfortable over miles on the trails.

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Life after Equine Laminitis

When laminitis leads to permanent changes in a horse's hoof, veterinarians and farriers team up to preserve his comfort and soundness through targeted treatments.

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Harnessing the Power of DMSO

Is DMSO a miracle drug or dangerous toxin? Here's everything you need to know about using the power of DMSO safely and effectively.

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Threat: Lyme Disease

Even if you?ve been reading warnings about Lyme disease all your life, it?s probably worth reviewing the topic. Then you?ll be better able to spot it sooner should it appear on your farm.

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Seven Habits for Highly Effective Horse Grooming

EQUUS staff surveyed several first-rate groomers, both professional and amateur, and compiled this list of their seven ?habits.? Most of these are relatively simple and require little, if any, extra effort, but employed together they are sure to transform

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Field Guide to Equine Allergies

Learn the 5 most common triggers of allergic reactions in horses so you?ll be better able to counter or prevent them. From EQUUS magazine.

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Heat Stress Prevention Strategy

On summer days, it can be difficult to distinguish normal fatigue and sweatiness from dangerous heat exhaustion. Here?s what to look for and how to safeguard your horse?s well-being. From EQUUS magazine.

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Preventing Heat Stress in Horses

On summer days, it can be difficult to distinguish normal fatigue and sweatiness from dangerous heat stress in horses. Here's what to look for and how to safeguard your horse's well-being.