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Horse Care FAQs -- copy, link, add info here!

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    Horse Care FAQs -- copy, link, add info here!

    We wanted to provide this FAQ thread as a work space for you to create a reference thread for your forum.

    Find yourself answering the same question or providing the same info over and over? Post it here!

    Think there's a terrific thread that serves as a great reference on a given subject? If it has a funky title, folks may not find it. Post a link here!

    While the site's main FAQ forum and help forum can be of help on general questions, this thread can serve as a handy reference for this particular forum for new and seasoned users alike.

    We'd also like to remind new users that the "search" and "advanced search" features are a great way to look for existing information on a topic you're interested in before posting a new thread -- click through via the light blue bar above.

    Please remember, we can't keep every thread on the forum due to size constraints, so if the thread you're linking to is shorter and older, it may face the chopping block by default. If you think it's worthy of linking to here, give me a heads up, and we can probably save it in the safe harbor of the reference forum!

    We may come in and pare out commentary from this thread periodically to keep it concise.

    Thanks and hope this thread is helpful!
    Mod 1

    Funky skin/hair/bump issues? Think it's just "fungus o'the day" or just stumped? Then consider Neck Threadworms AKA Onchocherca:
    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


      While I think this thread is a wonderful idea, I think it would be an even MORE wonderful idea to have a Chronicle of the Horse Wiki where people could add information to common topics. I can't tell you, for example, how often JB and I have to repeat SIMILAR information regarding the Panacur PowerPac and fenbendazole--yet it's never the SAME information in one thread. And then we end up with a thread that starts "I read all the old threads but my question wasn't answered" when in reality, it was--it was just answered across the course of two or three threads, not in any one specific place. I'm sure RAyers feel the same way about having to constantly re-cite information from scientific studies regarding glucosamine/chondroitin absportion, the ulcer-savvy folks feel the same way about linking to studies regarding the efficacy/non-efficacy of compounded omeprazole, etc.

      A Wiki would solve that problem without a redundancy of threads and without relying on the COTH database to store all these threads (which, depending on the day, seem magically inaccessible via the search function yet reappear a few hours or days later). In other words, a Wiki would be appropriate for situations where people are looking for *information*. Just like this discussion board shines in situations where there needs to be a *discussion*.

      I think a Wiki could be a GREAT advertising opportunity for COTH. Perhaps the mods could talk to the higher-ups about starting one?
      Head Geek at The Saddle Geek Blog


        Original Poster

        I actually just brought up this very idea to the folks at the main office in response to I think it was Percheron X's suggestion in the "suggestion box" thread in Off Course!

        Anyone else feel free to contact me directly with these great ideas so we're sure to see them and threads like this stay focused for their original purpose.

        Mod 1


          A wiki would be wonderful.

          Also second the glucosamine/ICHON/Adequan/Legend idea.

          Links to info about new diagnostics and therapies: MRI, scintigraphy, IRAP... People are still going to want to post about their horse's specific injury but it would be nice to have a single place to refer them to get info as opposed to writing it all each time you respond.

          Did you want links? Or do I wait for the wiki?
          The Evil Chem Prof


            Original Poster

            The wiki is a neat idea we'll consider for the future, but we have a bunch of other things in the works that are higher up on the list, so please go ahead and use this thread for links, etc.

            Mod 1


              raising money for a good cause


                Neurological exam

                Here is a good link describing a neurological exam, some of which you can do yourself if you suspect neurological issues in your horse.



                  Calories/protein/fat/fiber/NSC of common feed stuffs.

                  There used to be an old thread with this info, but it seems to have gotten dumped into cyberspace. Is there any way we can resurrect the link from the annals of COTH?

                  I think this was the link:
                  Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO


                    Is there a feeding 101? Or is that too contentious?


                      here is a link to farmers guardian areally good article on stratches - mud fever and rainrot


                        discussion on wormers

                        Nina's Story
                        Epona Comm on FB


                          When I want an answer on horse health or care, I go to and do a search.

                          Example ~ an in-depth article on feeding fats, with references included :



                            Worms, worming, wormers- Wonderful World of Worms!!

                            Originally posted by BarbB View Post
                            Summary on worm info


                              Not sure what you should be feeding your horse? Here is an overview.



                                Abscess Care:
                                Antibiotics and other treatments for abscesses:
                                Supporting-limb laminitis and treatments for abscesses:
                                Last edited by CookiePony; Feb. 1, 2011, 08:50 PM.
                                Taco Blog
                                *T3DE 2010 Pact*


                                  How to fold a dead horse (useful if you have one die in a stall)

                                  There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


                                    Of the various Henneke Body Condition Scoring charts around, I think this one is the clearest. Unlike most, it has sample profiles from the rear. (The current version on KER's own site no longer has the rear profiles.)

                                    HAS provides hospital care to 340,000 people in Haiti's Artibonite Valley 24/7/365/earthquake/cholera/whatever.


                                      On the various issues with pet horse and the common diseases affecting them. For an average pet owner, horses are notoriously difficult to read. But for those who spend their time caring for them, something as simple as an awkward stance can indicate a problem. Regular hoof maintenance is one of the most important aspects of quality equine care. Clip your horse’s hooves regularly. This prevents ingrown hooves and may prevent swelling. Keep a pick nearby to pick out caked dirt or debris and look for signs of pain or distress.