Horse Health: Sweet Itch

Sweet Itch is a seasonal dermatitis condition that has bedeviled horses and their owners for centuries. It is actually a hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to the saliva of Culicoides midges or other biting insects seen mostly in the summer. Related to flea bit dermatitis in dogs, it causes the horse to swell at the site… Read More Horse Health: Sweet Itch

Horse Health: What is Rain Rot?

Rain Rot or Rain Scald I have seen many cases of Rain scald in horses in Texas – particularly this year (2015) due to the horrendous and constant rain brought about by El Nino in the Pacific. We have been subjected to many more than 40 days and 40 nights of rain this Spring. The… Read More Horse Health: What is Rain Rot?

Horse Health: Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis

DSLD is a debilitating syndrome, causing bi-lateral or quadrilateral lameness in horses with no credible history of trauma or injury. First thought to affect only the Peruvian Paso breed, DSLD is now recognized as a problem in many breeds of horses. It is characterized by dropped fetlocks, horizontal pasterns, straight hocks and stifles and bilateral… Read More Horse Health: Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis

Horse Hoof: Equine Thrush

Equine Thrush is a common bacterial infection of the frog or other areas of the hoof which can cause lameness. It has a very unpleasant odor and looks black when compared to the healthy gray color of a healthy frog. While mild cases do not usually cause lameness, left untreated it can progress, migrating ever… Read More Horse Hoof: Equine Thrush

Horse Anatomy & Health: the Barefoot Horse

A “barefoot” horse is a horse that has no shoes nailed to the bottom of its hoof. There is considerable merit being given to the theory that horses should not wear shoes. Given that the frog is meant to act as a shock absorber and the necessity for the hoof itself to expand and contract… Read More Horse Anatomy & Health: the Barefoot Horse

Horse Health: Anhidrosis- Failure to Sweat

I got this email from a friend at the ranch yesterday. I had not heard of this condition as an actual pathology and thought it is worth a page of deeper explanation. (How lucky I am to have so many different horses to learn from. The ranch is like Horse Speed-learning for Dummies) My friend… Read More Horse Health: Anhidrosis- Failure to Sweat