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Equus Summer 2019

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.

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EDITOR AND ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Laurie Prinz equuseditor@aimmedia.com MANAGING EDITOR Christine Barakat CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Deb Bennett, PhD; Laura Hillenbrand CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Eliza R.L. McGraw; Tom Moates CREATIVE DIRECTOR Philip Cooper MEDICAL EDITOR Joe Bertone, DVM, MS, DACVIM EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Bradford Bentz, VMD; Jerry Black, DVM; Doug Butler, PhD; Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS; Harold Hintz, PhD; Dan Marks, VMD; Ed Robinson, PhD, MRCVS; Stephen Soule, VMD; Peter Timoney, MVB, PhD, FRCVS; Tracy Turner, DVM; Julia H. Wilson, DVM American Horse Publications Member Official Sponsor, Kentucky Horse Park Member AAEP Media Partner The AAEP does not endorse editorial or advertising content unless so acknowledged within the individual article or advertisement. EDITORIAL INQUIRIES EQletters@aimmedia.com WEBSITE EquusMagazine.com SUBSCRIPTION INQUIRIES P.O. Box 37274, Boone, IA 50037-0274 (800) 829-5910 (U.S. and Canada) or (515) 237-4969; EQScustserv@cdsfulfillment.com For EQUUS back issues: (800) 829-5910 CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & PRESIDENT Andrew W. Clurman CFO, COO & TREASURER Michael Henry CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER Jonathan Dorn VICE PRESIDENT OF AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Tom Masterson PRESIDENT, EQUINE…

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eq letters

Shared problems Your informative article “Sorting Out Muscle Disorders” (EQUUS 496) mentioned malignant hyperthermia (MH) in Quarter Horses. In people, MH presents as a dangerous hypermetabolic response to the halogenated volatile anesthetic gases halothane (which is, I believe, no longer made), sevoflurane, desflurane and isoflurane. Untreated, MH has a high rate of morbidity and mortality. The most potent trigger of human MH is the depolarizing muscle relaxant succinylcholine. Rarely, in humans, MH may be induced by heat and/or vigorous exercise. Since the article mentioned equine MH only in passing, I’d like to know whether the same triggers apply to horses as well as to people and whether the same high risk of morbidity and mortality occurs in horses if they present with an MH code or crisis. Charese Pelham, MD Williamsburg, Virginia Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD,…

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fly-away fashion

“And if the Gods in the hereafter outlawed all flies, we’d hear the laughter of horses, just as now and then a nicker sound comes from the pen.” ---- Herbert Nehrlich, “Of Horses and Flies” Backed by a three-year durability guarantee, the SmartPak Ultimate Fly Sheet (suggested retail, $159.95) is crafted from a soft, breathable mesh material that “fixes” itself, recovering from small tears on its own. Other features include a silky lining at the shoulders and withers to prevent rubs, an extended tail flap, a wide belly band closure, a detachable neck cover, roomy shoulder gussets and a SmartContour cut for freedom of movement. In silver with navy and charcoal trim or sandstone with black and raspberry trim, sizes 69-87. Visit www.smartpak.com. The Horze Nevada 600D Combo Turnout and Fly Sheet…

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managing your horse for healthy joints

Managing a horse with arthritis goes beyond giving him supplements and medications. Decisions you make about his environment and day-to-day care can also have an impact on the health of his joints. Here are three ways to manage your horse to protect his joints: • Tend to his footing. Deep, slick, wet or uneven surfaces can take a toll on joints, in the short and long term. Be vigilant about maintaining your arena footing and replace it entirely if it’s gone “dead.” When riding on trails, pay attention to what’s underfoot, avoiding mucky and excessively deep footing and going slowly over rocky or uneven ground. Also consider the surfaces your horse encounters when you aren’t riding: Make sure stall floors are level and cover them with thick stall mats if you…

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the safest mounting blocks

There is no shame in using a mounting block. In fact, it’s a great habit. A block not only makes mounting easier for you but reduces strain on your horse’s back. It’s crucial, however, to make sure the block is safe for both of you. The best choice is a solid, molded-plastic block sold specifically for that purpose. The base is wide enough to not wobble under the rider, and there is almost no way for a horse to hurt himself, even if he were to step or fall directly on it. Despite their bulk, these plastic blocks are usually easy to move and can be loaded into a trailer to be used at shows and other events. Wooden, purpose-built mounting blocks can be another good option. The safest of those…

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the pros of probiotics

If you have even a passing interest in equine nutrition, you’ve probably heard of probiotics. These mixtures of bacteria and yeast are designed to aid a horse’s digestion by restoring the balance of gut microflora disturbed as a result of illness, stress or medication. (Prebiotics, on the other hand, are compounds that serve as food for beneficial microbes in the gut, supporting their growth and activity.) The scientific data on probiotics are mixed, but these products are worth a try in a few situations: • To give a young horse’s digestive system a head start. It can take some time for foals to acquire intestinal flora from their environment. A probiotic can help populate the gut more quickly. • After a horse has received oral antibiotics. Medications that kill harmful bacteria sometimes do…