arthritis in horses

Like humans, older horses may exhibit stiffness in their gait. This is usually caused by arthritis. Arthritis is almost inevitable as a horse ages, but early diagnosis and careful care can slow its progression and minimize pain. What is arthritis? Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint

How to tell if a horse is lame on the front or hind legs

Your horse looks lame and limping. Perhaps the signs could be subtle. Sometimes there is no obvious swelling, you don’t feel the warm area, there are no cuts or other obvious injuries, so you’re not sure which leg to start looking for. But you need

hay belly on horse

If your gelding suddenly becomes pregnant (though not physically possible), he may have a hay belly. Don’t be embarrassed – your horse has yet to get a “Newborn 15”. But he may develop nutritional imbalances by eating too much grass. While a horse’s bloated belly

Breton Horses: Breed Profile

The Breton horse may have a smaller draft than your average, but this breed packs a lot of power in this smaller package. Bretons are suited to everything from driving to horseback riding, and the breed’s three subtypes create a wealth of diversity and versatility.

47 white horse names

There is something special about a gray or white horse. These horses naturally stand out from the rest of the herd, so shouldn’t they get a special name to reflect that? When you have a gray or white horse, it’s natural to want to take

The Best Feeds to Help Horses Gain Weight

There are many reasons why horses are underweight. The food itself may not be the whole problem – bad teeth can make chewing painful for the horse, cause the horse to swallow poorly chewed food, or cause it to chew very slowly. Endoparasites may also

How to stop a horse from chewing wood

Horses are very intelligent animals and naturally like to be outside in large areas, so if they are locked up for too long, they can develop bad habits due to boredom or depression. A common habit that horses develop to relieve boredom and depression is

horse diarrhea

Diarrhea or loose stools are signs of a problem with the horse’s health. You should call your veterinarian unless the problem resolves within a day. Horses can quickly become dehydrated when they have diarrhea, and dehydration can lead to colic, a potentially life-threatening abdominal disease.

What Horses Shouldn’t Eat

Sometimes it’s good to feed your horse special food. However, there are some things they probably shouldn’t eat. What shouldn’t you feed your horse? Below is a list of foods that should probably not be included in a horse’s diet. lots of fruit Many of

mare and mare name

If you are getting a new mare or filly, then you may want to choose the perfect name to start your equine life. Finding the perfect name can be difficult, though. There are many options, but your horse’s name will likely be with her for

Stallions and Stallion Names

Naming a horse isn’t easy, but your horse’s name will probably stay with him for the rest of his life, so you want it to be a good name. Although your horse may have a registered name, his barn name is how everyone will recognize

Knee locking in horses

Similar to the human knee, the horse’s knee joint is like a hinge – the largest hinge in the equine skeletal system. Sometimes the knee joint locks up due to overwork or hereditary joint problems. When this happens, its hind legs appear to be stuck

How to tell if your mare is pregnant and why it matters

Is your mare a foal? A mare’s gestation period is about eleven months. During the first few months, it was not obvious whether the mare was pregnant with a foal. If you suspect that your mare is in a foal, it is critical that she

Why horses with broken legs are often euthanized

Not long ago, if a horse broke its leg, euthanasia was the only course of action. Racehorses are most often heard of a break, but any horse can break a bone in its leg. While euthanasia is often still the only option, advances in veterinary

Symptoms and Stages of Pregnancy in Horses

Horses are mammals, and like all mammals, they produce live offspring that are breastfed for the first part of life. A mare (one filly) can only produce one foal per year. A mare can give birth to a foal at about 18 months old, but

Andalusian Horses: Breed Profile

Once you see an Andalusian horse, you won’t forget it. The Andalusian is a striking horse due to its long, flowing mane and tail and its lively and graceful movements. Not only does this versatile breed excel on the dressage arena, but it’s also a

Orlov Trotter: Introduction to Horse Breeds

The Orlov Trotter was once a prized Russian horse breed, but various wars and cultural changes have threatened its survival. This versatile horse’s combination of speed, strength, endurance and pleasant temperament makes it an excellent choice for many riders – if they can find this

Cleveland Bay: Introduction to Horse Breeds

With its distinctive coat color and noble appearance, it is common for Cleveland Bays to serve in the Royal Stables, compete in driving competitions or be ridden in the saddle. This versatile breed has been around for centuries, but with numbers dwindling, the breed is