Obesity

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Fat horses are at greater risk for exercise intolerance, founder, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, the formation of colic-causing lipomas (fat tumors in the abdomen), joint and bone problems, reduced reproduction efficiency and increased stress on their heart and lungs.

According to a recent survey conducted by the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 51 percent of the horses had a body condition score (BCS) of greater than 6, which would be considered fat. Nineteen percent of that 50 percent had a BCS of 8-9, which would be considered obese.  Ideally, we would like to see our horses with a BCS of somewhere between 4 and 6.

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Colic - California Style

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Death from colic is twice as high as other diseases, including trauma, in a normal farm population. Colic signs can be derived from either the intestinal tract of a horse or from non-intestinal causes. Non-intestinal causes may include: tying up, founder (laminitis), pneumonia-pleuritis, ruptured bladder in foals, uterine torsion, heart failure, urinary stones. Intestinal causes include: distension of the intestine, obstruction of the intestine (feed impaction, round worm impaction, enterolith, sand, foreign body), strangulation of the intestine, gastric ulcers.

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10 Tips for Picture-Perfect Pony Portraits

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You’ve already got a bracelet with your horse’s name, a bumper sticker telling the world how much you love your pony, and heart-shaped doodles all over your notebook with your horse’s name inside. There’s just one thing missing: a portrait of your favorite four-hoofed friend. But before you decide to hire a professional photographer, you might want to consider taking the photos yourself. Check out these tips from SmartPak’s staff photographer, Kristi, to help improve your images so you can get that picture-perfect portrait of your pony that you’ve been dreaming of.

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Feeding the Horsemen’s Re Union Colts

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feeding re-union coltsThe 2014 Horsemen’s Re Union event in Paso Robles gave horse enthusiasts an opportunity to watch some of the world’s best horsemen and horsewomen take a two year old and a three year old horse from the halter to a comfortable start under saddle in six days. It never ceases to amaze me how comfortable these young horses can be with a human on their back when it is presented to them in the proper way.

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Who Owns Radiographs?

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radiographsMy vet took some X rays of my horse's legs. I paid the bill in full, but when I asked for the X rays, he said they belonged to him and not me. Is this correct? If I'm charged for the X rays, why can't I have them?

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