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Horse health care through the ages

January 08th, 2015

Horses are living long lives on acreages, farms and ranches across North America. That reality is reflected in statistics: it’s estimated that geriatric horses (animals more than 20 years old) account for somewhere between seven and 20 per cent of the entire equine population. Owners and veterinarians are growing more aware that proper management and medical care can expand the …

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Dr. James Carmalt.

WCVM survey targets Cushing’s disease

Cushing’s disease is considered one of the most commonly diagnosed endocrine disorders of horses — especially as the equine population continues to age. But just how common is the disease internationally? It’s one of the questions that researchers at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are addressing through a 16-question survey of international equine practitioners. “Our objective …

January 26th, 2012 Full story »

Cold weather horse care

Shirley and Jack Brodsky have bred and raised registered Paints on their 160-acre farm near Saskatoon, Sask., for more than 20 years. That experience “in the field” has taught Shirley some valuable lessons about raising and caring for a large herd of multi-aged horses throughout the changing seasons. Q. What’s your winter feeding regime for your horse herd? With all …

October 21st, 2009 Full story »