Though it’s not really anyone’s fault per se, today’s modern horse keeping practices have unfortunately forced horses into sedentary lifestyles where free ranging and getting plenty of exercise foraging for foodstuffs has essentially become a thing of the past. To compound the problem of too little exercise, many horses are often fed excessive amounts of concentrated rations and high calorie, nutrient dense forages. Horses have evolved by nature to store energy (fat) and nutrients in times when feedstuffs are in abundance in order to survive when food is sparse ... Read More
IS A HORSE WHO EATS DIRT MISSING SOMETHING FROM HIS DIET?
By Dr. Amy M. Gill
When you see your horse with his mouth full of soil, rocks and other extraneous materials found on the ground, it’s understandable you might be concerned, and want to know why. Actually, horses engage in this perfectly natural activity for several reasons ... Read More
Digestive disorders, including colic and choking, rank among the top 10 emergencies faced by horse owners, according to research published in 2010 by the Mississippi State University Extension Service in its MSU CARES (Coordinated Access to the Research and Extension System) newsletter.
“Esophageal obstruction (choke),” said veterinarians Ann Rashmir-Raven, DVM, MS, Diplomate, ACVS, and Richard M. Hopper, DVM, ACT, “is caused by a variety of factors, mostly eating too quickly, eating rough or bulky feed stuff, or having esophageal lesions already. Poor teeth can cause choke if the horse is unable to chew food properly.
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