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Equus November 2018

EQUUS provides the latest information from the world's top veterinarians, equine researchers, riders and trainers on understanding and influencing equine behavior, recognizing the warning signs of illness and disease, and solving riding and training problems.

United States
Active Interest Media
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3 Min.

With time and patience “Mutual Benefits” (True Tale, EQUUS 492) means a lot to me. I’ve had a new Tennessee Walker for five months now who is struggling with spookiness. I guess we both are. He was described as an “experienced trail horse” when I bought him, and he is mostly as advertised: 9 years old, cute, funny and good with all of the handling basics. I assumed that an experienced trail horse would not be spooky. Yet every time I ride him around our pastures and property, he spooks at least once. It’s not a bad spook---usually a little jump, or running just a few steps. Still, I’m 68, and I’m getting too old to have to endure spooking. I’ve been doing groundwork with him but still feeling discouraged. I know…

7 Min.
medical front

REASSURING FINDINGS ABOUT FENBENDAZOLE A new study from Wales suggests that the anthelmintic fenbendazole kills internal parasites without disrupting the delicate balance of other microorganisms in a horse’s hindgut. Researchers at Aberystwyth University investigated the potential secondary effects of fenbendazole on the microbial population of the equine intestinal tract, in part because changes in the hindgut microbiome have been linked to other digestive problems. They first collected fecal samples from 10 horses kept on the same pasture and determined their fecal egg count. Five of the horses had high counts and required deworming with fenbendazole and five with low counts were not treated at all and served as controls. The researchers collected more fecal samples from each horse two and 14 days later. Using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology to analyze the samples,…

5 Min.
hands on

GIVING LEGS A LOOK Running a hand down each of your horse’s legs is a good habit to develop. But what exactly are you looking for? During the quick passes over your horse’s legs, you’re learning what his normal contours feel like. Most mature horses have a collection of bumps and lumps that don’t affect soundness, and you’ll want to be familiar with their location, size and texture. That way you’ll notice when something changes: A bump that’s suddenly bigger, warmer or squishier is worth a closer look. It’s important to feel your horse’s legs every day (or at least every other day) to be able to distinguish normal from not. Also observe your horse’s reaction to having his legs handled. It’s not unusual for a horse to object mildly to having certain…

1 Min.
pop quiz

SEEING RED Q: You notice what looks like blood in the snow near where your horse recently urinated. Where does this rank on the panic scale of zero (“No big deal”) to 10 (“Call the veterinarian this very second”)? POP QUIZ ANSWER Relax. If your horse is otherwise healthy and is acting normally, this ranks as zero on the panic scale. The red spots that you see are a result of the urine reacting with the cold snow. Proteins in the urine, called pyrocatechines, oxidize in low temperatures, which produces colors ranging from a light pink to red, orange or brown. The same thing can occur when a sample of urine is refrigerated.…

1 Min.
stock & trade

FAST AND EASY MASSAGES ▶ Product: EQUISTIX Equine Sports Massage Tool ▶ Description: Give your horse a massage anytime with this tool, which consists of a flexible shaft with nine individually rotating rollers covered with soft, gel-like nubs. The tool bends to accommodate the contours of the horse’s body, and its “fingers” penetrate his coat to massage his skin and muscles. The tool, which is 29 inches long, has ergonomically designed handles to make it comfortable to hold and use. ▶ Price: suggested retail, $79.99 ▶ Source: Equus Athletics LLC; www.EquusAthletics.com 5-IN-1 VACCINE ▶ Product: Core EQ Innovator ▶ Description: With core EQ innovator, a single vaccination protects against all five equine diseases (tetanus, rabies, and West nile, eastern and western equine encephalomyelitis) that the American Association of Equine Practitioners designates as “core,” meaning they are a…

7 Min.
7 things you may not have known about dmso dimethyl sulfoxide

Two decades ago, if you mentioned dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) around the barn you may have gotten puzzled looks in response. Back then, this industrial solvent turned anti-inflammatory therapy was relatively new to the horse world, and even if people had heard of it they viewed it as an unusual or even mysterious option. Since then, DMSO has gone main-stream. It is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for topical use on horses, but veterinarians regularly use the chemical “off-label” in other ways to treat a wide array of inflammatory conditions, from laminitis to neurological problems. When the DMSO’s distinctive garlicky smell wafts through the barn these days, people are more likely to nod knowingly than wonder what’s going on. Nonetheless, DMSO is a little like aspirin---something that many people use…