Articles - health

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The Aliens Inside

Your horse's health depends greatly on the health of microscopic organisms that reside in his gastrointestinal tract.

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C. difficile: A Fickle Foe

C. difficile infection is sometimes a tricky illness to treat because it is treated with antibiotics, which can further upset the gut flora.

By: Liz Brown
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Name that Bump

Being the active – yet fragile – animals they are, horses are subject to a variety of lumps and bumps, such as bone spavin, hives, and more.

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Care of the Older Horse

As your horse moves through his senior years, he'll likely need changes in his environment and routines to keep him happy and healthy.

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Stem Cell Reality Check

Few, if any, areas of scientific study have captured the imagination of medicine and the masses alike as definitively as that of stem cell research.

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Ask Us: Proud Flesh

Proud flesh is an exuberant growth of granulation tissue, which is highly fibrous, full of small blood vessels and designed to help in the healing process.

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Dealing with Mature Rider Angst

Psychologist Shelley Goodwin provides expert advice for reducing riding anxiety.

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Conformation (part 1): Head, Neck & Body

Conformation varies from breed to breed and horse to horse, but certain qualities are desirable and certain faults, not so much.

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The Hard Facts About Concussions

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury in which the brain is jarred or shaken inside the skull. Most commonly, a concussion is caused by a blow to the head, but can also occur when the body takes a heavy impact. That means you could get a concussion when you fall off your horse, even if your head doesn't hit the ground.

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How to Cope with the Loss of a Horse

Dr. Shelley Goodwin explains that grief is an individual process, and offers suggestions for coping with the loss of a horse.