Rolex Kentucky **** Three Day Event Wrap Up

What do you do when the weather is rainy and cold in the morning with thunderstorms predicted for the afternoon? Why you don as much rain gear as possible and head out to the cross country course to watch eventing with 30,000 other fans. Although the weather for this year’s Rolex Kentucky **** Three Day…

Officinalis Photo Contest

Officinalis Photo Contest Does your horse prefer to be mud-brown over any other color? Do you regularly despair at grooming your horse? Now, your dirty horse could help you win big! Post a photo of your horse at his dirtiest and tag it with #ECDirtyHorse and you will be entered for a chance to win…

Horse in Polo Wraps

Ask the Equine Vet: Equine Leg Protection

The distal limb of the horse is a delicate structure comprised of not much more than bone, tendon/ligaments, and skin. There is little natural protection for this area, unlike more proximal portions of the leg where thick muscles cover the area and protect the underlying structures from injury. The main structures of the distal limb…

Deer Tick

Ask the Equine Vet: All About Lyme Disease in Horses

Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease, is maintained in a complex life cycle of small wild mammals and immature stages of the black legged tick, Ixodes scapularis (formerly called Ixodes dammini) and Ixodes pacificus. Larval and nymphal stages of the tick acquire the organism when they feed on infected mice. Adult ticks feed…

Dentist with Horse

Ask the Equine Vet: Dental Care for Horses

Dental care is critical for the health and wellbeing of your horse. Horses prehend and chew their food with their teeth, turning fibrous grasses into digestible calories and energy sources. When something goes wrong with your horse’s dentition, severe medical problems can arise. Horses are obligate herbivores. Their diet consists entirely of plant materials, in…