What are bisphosphonates, and why are they suddenly in the headlines? This class of drugs is intended to treat horses with symptoms of navicular syndrome — but off-label use may be doing more harm than good. The racing industry is beginning to fight back against such off-label use.
Also called “swamp cancer,” this relatively rare infection is neither fungus nor cancer but mimics aspects of both — and the famous Chincoteague ponies have been battling pythiosis for months, putting this infection in the spotlight for horse owners.
With current estimates stating that 20-50% of stalled horses develop asthma, Purdue University’s study on dust levels in forage could be a real game-changer. Noelle Maxwell speaks with the research team to learn more.
Thirteen riders were asked to dismount from ponies at the Great Yorkshire Show last week when they appeared to weigh over 20% of their ponies’ weight, spurring international conversation about suitability, equine welfare and the best way to enforce such a rule.
“I believe that the nursemare business has the opportunity to be completely ethical and I love it that way!” Horse Nation speaks with Laura Phoenix of Nursemares of the Northeast to learn more about hormonal milk induction for the nursemares.
Gastric ulcers are a common condition and potentially dangerous if left undiagnosed and untreated. At the same time, they’re often a catch-all diagnosis when you’re consulting Drs. Google and Facebook. Learn more (and have a laugh!) here.
Unusually cold temperatures across much of the United States have led to endless rounds of speculation (and some science) about when it’s too cold to ride. We’ve compiled the facts and common sense concepts to help you set your own cutoff.
Cardiologists at Cornell University successfully reverted an irregular heartbeat in a 19-year-old mare through the process of transvenous electrical cardioversion. Get the scoop and watch video from the procedure!
While we cannot change a horse’s basic bone structure or the length and shape of the bones in their skeleton, we can affect the development of muscles and the horse’s basic posture. Julie Weisz describes the importance of posture in developing the horse.