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Karen Briggs

June 1, 2007

Fighting Flies Requires A Multi-Pronged Approach

Controlling nasty, horse-tormenting bugs isn’t just about stinky sprays and oily wipes anymore. It’s a multi-front battle with an array of innovative weapons.

Once upon a time, all we wanted was to see the flies gone. Each summer, as they swarmed, buzzed, bit and tormented our horses, we were willing to do just about anything to get rid of the little pests.

February 22, 2007

A Shocking Treatment For Fibrillating Horses

A supreme equine athlete is described as having "heart." But in fact, equine hearts aren't all that reliable. Cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms) are more common in the horse than in any other domestic species. Some of these abnormal rhythms are benign and have little impact, but others can profoundly affect athletic performance or may even be life-threatening. And often, they strike without warning.

February 15, 2007

Protecting Frozen Toes And Tender Tootsies

When winter's icy fingers reach across the landscape, it's time for us to make some adjustments in our horsecare routines. And it's not just a matter of chipping ice out of water buckets and dragging around all those increasingly aromatic blankets. Winter has an impact on hooves, as well.

In the colder months, most horses' hooves grow a little more slowly (although that depends on the horse's activity level; horses who stay in regular work generally stimulate more hoof growth than those who are idle).

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