Equine Health

September 2015

5 Things to do to Keep your Veterinarian Happy

James Herriot, beloved British veterinarian of “All Creatures Great and Small” fame, had to deal with the difficult weather and even more difficult clients in his Yorkshire veterinary practice. Virginia vets don’t have to deal with Yorkshire winters (although this past winter came close), but some farm calls can seem as difficult as a midnight trudge across the Yorkshire moors.
In order to help prevent your veterinarian from experiencing too many of the trials and tribulations […]

August 2015

Enjoy the Ride Horse Fair – Aug. 29th at the Fauquier Fairgrounds

CFC Farm & Home Centers are celebrating the horse this summer with a brand new equine event, August 29, at the Fauquier Fairgrounds in Warrenton, VA
If you have attended any of the “Chili & Chocolate” series of educational seminars, you know that CFC is committed to presenting helpful information on equine nutrition, medical care, grooming and general welfare.  The Enjoy the Ride Horse Fair was created as a “hands-on” event, with local veterinarians presenting horse-care […]

Virginia’s 2nd case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) confirmed

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) today announced the second case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a Virginia horse this year. The horse, a three-year-old Tennessee Walker mare, was from Chesapeake and had only been purchased by the owner three weeks ago. Its vaccination history is unknown.

The horse exhibited signs August 13 and was euthanized August 14 due to the severity of the illness. VDACS received confirmation from the National Veterinary […]

Full Circle Equine Service offering Horseman’s Day on Sept. 26, 2015

Horseman’s day will be held September 26th from 10-4 at Full Circle Equine Service, Amissville Va. Topics offered are shock wave, Tui Na, wound treatment, chiropractic and acupuncture demonstrations, advanced topics with the farrier, and presentations on equine search and rescue, as well as body balance and fitness for the rider by Rock’N’Horse Fitness.  To sign up go to fullcircleequine.com or call their office at 540-937-1754.

July 2015

Equine Health – What is the Guttural Pouch?

The guttural pouches are home to some very important structures. Major cranial nerves and arteries run through their compartments along with some delicate bones and joints and a few lymph nodes.

5 things you can do to “Keep Your Farrier Happy!”

If you have been around horses for any length of time, you know the old saying: ‘No hoof, no horse.’ Hoof problems can come from many sources – poor nutrition, genetics, or environment. For the cure, many horse owners have one main resource – their farrier.

To clarify a bit – the terms “blacksmith” and “farrier” are often used interchangeably, but historically, a blacksmith was a skilled ironworker – crafting and repairing all sorts of iron […]

First 2015 Case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis reported in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has confirmed the first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a Virginia horse this year. The horse, a 12-year-old miniature mare, was from Chesapeake and had not been vaccinated for EEE.

EEE causes inflammation or swelling of the brain and spinal cord. The disease is also called “sleeping sickness.” Symptoms include impaired vision, aimless wandering, head pressing, circling, inability to swallow, irregular staggering gait, paralysis, convulsions […]

June 2015

“Too Hot to Ride?” Seminar

Hot weather have you worried about riding your horse and his/her health? The Nokesville Horse Society, Inc. will be hosting on July 8th a seminar with speaker Jennifer Supinger (a local equestrian that was an endurance racer for 10 years.) Topics will include electrolytes, sponging, feeding, signs of distress, and anything you may have questions about. She is a wealth of information and has lots of tips and tricks that could help keep your horse cool, keep comfortable, […]

Dealing With Flies

Dealing with flies is an unfortunate consequence to owning horses. They can drive our horses mad if we let them. There are 120,000 different species of flies around the world, but luckily only seven of them are troublesome to your horse. Different types of flies attack different parts of your horses body. Biting flies feed on animal blood which can be painful and cause allergic reactions. Non-biting flies do not feed on blood, instead feeding […]

Make Your Horse a No-Fly Zone

The long, cold winter is behind us. Spring is here, and suddenly your horse is plagued by flies, gnats, mosquitoes and ticks. What’s a caring horse owner to do? Here are five ways in which you can help your horse live in a no-fly zone this summer.

1. Manage the environment

There are several steps you can take to make your horse’s environment more inviting for him and less inviting for bugs.

Manage the manure. Make sure the […]