Tutorial: Common Horse Health Issues

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In addition to learning its regular needs such as grooming, deworming, feeding, and vaccinations, horse owners must also be knowledgeable to health concerns and issues which their animal can suffer from. We found a great tutorial and the link follows after our commentary.

Paying attention to the mood of your horse can at least help in determining their health. Research shows that many of the health issues of horses can be prevented with the help of veterinarians, and regular vaccination. Proper diet, grooming, and regular exercise can help. Furthermore, the use of appropriate equipment is deemed to be beneficial as it helps your horse from acquiring injuries. In addition to injuries, some of the most common horse problems include tetanus, strangles, influenza, Rhinopneumonitis, Equine Encephalomyelitis, rabies, intestinal worms, colic, arthritis, and laminitis. [1]

Since horses are heavy animals that stay on their feet most of the time, it is common for them to suffer from feet and leg problems. For sport horses, injuries related to jumping and running are common. As horses grow older, their basic maintenance processes tend to slow down and activity tends to decline. Arthritis is common in older horses. With regards this condition, owners can help their horses by giving them light work and the continuation of an active lifetyle – as it can be beneficial to the animal’s tendons, muscles, ligaments, and joints. [2]

Furthermore, horse owners must have extensive knowledge on the type or amount of feeds to be given to their horses. For instance, excessive consumption of lush grasses or grain, can lead to a condition known as laminitis. Lack of regular physical exercise may also contribute to the development of this disease.

The importance of deworming must also be taken into consideration. In fact, worm is considered as one of the major reasons behind the occurrence of colic which can incur minor to severe pain. [3]

In nurturing horses, a wide range of knowledge about this animal is needed. Insufficient information about horses can bring about minor mistakes, which can later lead to fatal consequences, especially when left untreated by veterinarians.

Ok, here’s the link to the full tutorial. Visit this website http://www.horse.com.au/horse-articles/2010/1/13/common-horse-health-issues/ to find out valuable information on different horse diseases and how they can be prevented or treated.


[1] http://horses.animal-world.com/information/horse-health.php
[2] http://www.equisearch.com/uncategorized/health-issues-older-horses/
[3] http://horses.animal-world.com/information/horse-health.php

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