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There are few true "specialists" in today's equine industry, if you define the term as someone who devotes himself to a particular branch of study or research. Generally most equine experts obtain their horse sense by learning a little bit of information about a variety of horse related topics. Conversely, using that same definition, I consider myself to be a true hoof repair specialist. While my knowledge of many aspects of a horse is vast, I have focused the last twenty-two years of my life solely upon the research and repair of damaged horse hooves. It is my forte. To be perfectly clear, I am not a practicing farrier.
I nfectious disease control (IDC) is an important issue in any equine operation or facility. Many factors are involved in the spread and control of disease. There are common viral, bacterial and parasitic agents that are likely to be found in all areas with a high concentration of horses, but some simple prevention and control measures and having a plan for quickly acting to control potential outbreaks can minimize the impact of these issues on your barn. The primary ways in which disease is transmitted between horses are airborne, direct contact (nose to nose), or via fomites (wheelbarrows, brushes, tack, buckets, people, etc). IDC is aimed at minimizing these types of transmissions. Quarantine
Springtime Colic: What to Watch For and How to Prevent It | Colic | Preventative Medicine | Meddleton Equine HospitalC olic refers to any number of gastrointestinal and/or abdominal health issues that may cause pain or discomfort and can even result in death. Clinical symptoms of colic range from mild signs of discomfort to violent, painful reactions in the horse. As winter weather wanes and the days begin to lengthen, many horses' exercise routines increase and pasture may become available once again and diets change, all of which can predispose a horse to colic. Clinical Signs of Colic Depression