Equine Health

April 2017

Control your Ectoparasites

Warmer, drier  weather is approaching quickly.  As we come out of our winter hibernation and eagerly make plans with our horses, so too are flies, ticks, and mosquitoes making plans to be a nuisance.  The unseasonably warm weather this past winter means insect populations will be returning in full force even earlier.  Although small, flies, mosquitos, and ticks, each present unique threats to your horse’s health.

Perhaps, the most ubiquitous pest of horses, the flies can […]

February 2017

When your horse has the sniffles

With the colder weather comes cold and flu season too. Just as coughs and sniffles travel through our schools and workplaces, they can travel through pastures and stables as well. So what should you do when you find your horse with a runny nose this winter?

2017 Annual Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference Equine Session Announced

The 2017 Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference, the region’s premier animal nutrition conference, will be held April 5-6, 2017 at the Hunt Valley Wyndam Grand in Hunt Valley, MD. Two days of expert speakers have been lined up with the Equine Session held on the second day featuring morning seminars devoted to the aged horse, allergies, and how to boost the equine immune system. The afternoon will be devoted to the equine gut microbiome and related supplements.
Veterinarians, […]

November 2016

The Basics of Winter Hoof Care

Whether your horse is shod or barefoot, this article will give you some insight from a full time farrier on the simple ways to keep your horse healthy throughout the winter.

October 2016

GOT RAIN ROT? The Remedy may already be in your Medicine Cabinet

Writtten by Penny Hawes, and appeared in our Sept./Oct. 2016 Issue
Got Rain Rot? It’s a common scenario – you’re grooming your horse and you notice a couple of scabby bumps along his back or croup. Or perhaps he looks like he’s developing a sore on the back of his pastern, or has greyish “crud” on the front of his hind cannon bones.
Whether you know it by the name rain rot, scratches, crud, mud fever or […]

August 2016

2 more cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Tidewater, VA area

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) today announced the fifth and sixth cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in horses this year. Both horses were from Suffolk, a male Paint and an Arabian filly. Both horses were euthanized. Neither had up-to-date vaccinations.

In the Tidewater area, veterinarians usually recommend a six-month vaccination interval because mosquitoes are present almost all year long, from early spring to late fall. Virginia had four earlier cases of […]

Does my horse need Antibiotics?

At the first sign of a runny nose it can be tempting to automatically put your horse on antibiotics. We want our horse to get better soon and what harm can it do?

Gastric Ulcers in Horses

Ulcers in horses are very common but they can be tricky to diagnose as there are a wide range of symptoms. It takes a team effort to address and treat the problem.

July 2016

Free Educational event August 20, 2016 at Tivoli Farm, Gordonsville, Va presented by Cavalor

FREE educational event at Tivoli Farm in Gordonsville, VA on August 20, 2016 with Cavalor founder and chief nutritionist, Peter Bollen, Olympian, Will Coleman, Katie Coleman, and Dr. Keith Brady from Old Dominion Equine.

Presentations include:
-Feeding for performance and debunking common feeding myths by Cavalor International’s chief nutritionist, Peter Bollen.
-What to look for when purchasing a horse for competition with Olympian, Will Coleman.
-Best horse management practices for keeping horses sound with Katie Coleman.
-How to be your […]

5 things you can do to “Keep Your Horse Happy”

Welcome to the last article in our “5 Things You Can Do” series. For the closing article, we wanted to address the most important relationship in your horsey life – the one you have with your horse!