Equine Health

July 2017

A Day at an Equine Hospital

Woodside Equine Clinic is a horse-only hospital located in Ashland, VA. The veterinarians are available for emergency care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You probably haven’t thought about what happens at a horse hospital, but every day is something new and different.

At 1 am, a horse we will call “George” arrives at the clinic with colic. George did not eat his dinner and later started nipping at his sides. His owners walked […]

Virginia horse tests positive for West Nile Virus – first case since 2015 in VA

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS)  announced on July 10, 2017 the state’s first positive case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a horse in 2017. It is the first case since August 2015 in Virginia. The horse, a ten-year-old Saddlebred gelding, was from Wythe County and died as a result of the disease. Symptoms included loss of control of bodily movements and partial paralysis in the hind limbs, dazed appearance and […]

May 2017

Toxic Pasture Plants

Green pastures make for happy horses and happy horse owners, but do you know what’s really growing in your fields?  Fortunately, when offered adequate forage and feed, most horses preferentially avoid toxic plants.  However, knowing what weeds and grasses are in your pasture can help prevent these unfortunate events or help your veterinarian treat a suspected toxicity.

Several grasses can prove toxic when consumed in large enough quantities. Fescue, a common grass found in pastures, becomes […]

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 […]

March 2017

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 […]

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.

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?