More colic seen when temperatures swing

Here in New England the weather has been all over the place. Friday we had a high of about 20-degrees, Saturday it was 44 and sunny, Sunday it was in the low 50s and pouring rain and now temperatures are predicted to fall back into the 20s over night. This is the type of weather […]

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Colic education from an unusual source

I don’t know how these vet students from Auburn University in Alabama had time to make these commercials but they are both educational and entertaining! For more information on colic, what causes it, symptoms and treatment read: It’s Colic Season – What can you do?

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Research shows cribbing is NOT a learned behavior

An article published today in The Horse, Cribbing is Not a Learned Behavior, supports many of the conclusions that I’ve come to as the owner of a cribber. While many people assume that cribbing is, essentially, contagious and don’t want their horses to be stabled near one, the research shows that genetic predisposition is a […]

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How long after feeding do you ride?

Okay, I admit it. I don’t wait to ride my horse after I feed him. I figure that after I’ve groomed him, tacked him up and walked him for 10 minutes or so (part of my regular warm up routine), he’ll be fine. And I’ve never had a problem. In fact, with my ulcer-prone TB […]

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Cribbing Part II: Does cribbing cause health problems?

Tuesday’s article covered some of the theories on why horses crib. Today I’m going to talk about some of the health problems associated with cribbing. Here are three statements from three different people on a recent forum post about cribbing. These folks articulate pretty well the fears that people have about owning a cribber. “Been […]

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Wouldn’t it be Nice if They Could Tell You Where it Hurts?

Kroni is still sick. He’s lethargic, shows signs of colic and has mild neurological symptoms. His temperature has been normal now since last night, but prior to that he’s been running a low-grade fever since Monday. It all came to a peak yesterday morning when I came to feed my horses. Kroni was standing outside […]

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When Your Vet is on Speed Dial . . .

My animals have had a rough fall season. While normally, they are healthy, I’ve been on the phone to a vet at least once a week! First Freedom sliced his leg open while hunting, then Kroni suffered a mild colic, then he had conjunctivitis, then Freedom abscessed, and yesterday Kroni showed colic symptoms again. Complicating […]

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It’s Colic Season: What can you Do?

I jinxed myself last week. A friend and I were discussing a horse that has suffered from a series of gas colics. In a rash moment I said that in the 20 years that I’ve had horses, only twice had one of them shown colic symptoms. Two days later when I went to feed my […]

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