Health and Care

Information on equine health including managing parasites, ticks, and insects, as well as toxic plants or weeds and West Nile virus, equine herpes and colic. Tips on dealing with spring grooming, care of older horses, laminitis, and fire safety.

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Older Horse Care
Older Horse Care - Articles Articles

Older Horse Care

Ann M. Swinker

Horse owners need to consider different and special care for the aging horse. More
Noxious Weed - Catsear
Noxious Weed - Catsear - Articles Articles
Catsear (Hypochaeris radicata or Hypochoeris radicata), also known as flatweed, cat's ear or false dandelion, is a perennial, low-lying herb often found in lawn. More
Begin Your Horse’s Spring Grooming
Begin Your Horse’s Spring Grooming - Articles Articles
Spring grooming of the horse assists in promoting a clean, shiny coat and skin. More
On-farm Adoption of Best Management Practices
On-farm Adoption of Best Management Practices - Articles Articles
Fourteen farm owner/managers that completed the Environmental Stewardship short course have been selected to participate in a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant project. More
Managing Resistant Parasites in Horses
Managing Resistant Parasites in Horses - Articles Articles
Understanding the basics of parasite resistance and developing a deworming program More
Managing Toxic Pasture Plants Managing Toxic Pasture Plants - Articles
There are hundreds of plants in North America that can be poisonous to horses. More
Black nightshade (Solanum nigrum)
Plants Toxic to Horses - Articles Articles
Horse owners should learn to recognize toxic plants, and be aware of the symptoms they can cause. More
Composting Animal Mortalities Composting Animal Mortalities - Articles
Despite the best intentions and care in animal agricultural facilities there are occasional animal mortalities. More
Program participants learned about parasite life cycles through lectures and demonstrations.
Parasite Program Results - Articles Articles

Parasite Program Results

Donna Foulk, Edward Jedrzejewski, Heather Stofanak

Reducing Parasite Resistance on Equine Operations Using a Comprehensive Whole Farm Approach More
Equine Pasture Walk
Equine Pasture Walk - Workshops Workshops
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Pasture walks allow you to see Best Management Practices in action and think about how you could use them on your own farm. More
Being Prepared for the Worst: Develop a Health Care Plan for your Horse
Being Prepared for the Worst: Develop a Health Care Plan for your Horse - Articles Articles
When acquiring ownership, you assumed responsibility for the health and welfare of your horse. More
Deer Keds
Deer Keds - Articles Articles
The deer ked is an introduced species of biting fly from Europe and Asia. It is a parasite on whitetail deer, elk, horses, cattle, and humans in North America. More
Winter Horseback Riding
Winter Horseback Riding - Articles Articles

Winter Horseback Riding

Ann M. Swinker

Many riders experience the outside winter weather astride their horse. More
Winter Care for Your Horse
Winter Care for Your Horse - Articles Articles
With winter approaching, horse owners will need to prepare and conduct a different approach in caring for their horses. More
Fall Leaves In Horse Pastures Can be Toxic
Fall Leaves In Horse Pastures Can be Toxic - Articles Articles
Disposing of fall leaves properly or composting them in an area outside of pastures is an important aspect to horse management. More
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