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How to Select the Best Stable Blanket for Your Horse

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How to Select the Correct Stable Blanket for your Horse Table of Contents Does A Horse Need Stable Blankets? Blankets are a great way to keep horses warm and comfortable during cold, chilly weather, especially during winter months. Not all horses need blankets. Horses grow a thicker, longer, more insulating winter coat to protect themselves from the elements. This hair growth is triggered by daylight hours, not temperature. It’s most common to see horses blanketed if they are going to horse shows over the winter, or if they are in heavy training. It takes much longer to properly cool down...

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How to stop my horse from getting Scratches

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Stop Horse Scratches Table of Contents What are Scratches? “Scratches” goes by many names, all of which refer to the same condition—pastern dermatitis. This condition affects the lower leg of the horse and is caused by repeated wet/dry/wet conditions. Especially common during the spring when pastures and paddocks are muddy, scratches can generally be diagnosed and treated in several easy steps utilizing over-the-counter products. That said, it is important to closely monitor the horse’s condition and consult your veterinarian with questions or if the condition worsens. Equine Pastern Dermatitis (EPD) Scratches, Mud Fever, Dew Poisoning, Greasy heels…these are all terms...

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Dubia Roach Allergies: Causes and Solutions

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Dubia Roach Allergies: Causes and Solutions Table of Contents While roaches are a fairly common thing to be allergic to (and children with asthma are most at risk), dubia roach breeders and people maintaining a colony to feed their pets run into two major problems: Working directly with a colony exposes you to high levels of roach waste, often in the form of fine dust that is easily inhaled and dispursed. Roach allergies can develop over time, and are more likely to develop with increased exposure to roaches. In order to understand how these allergic reactions start, we have to...

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How to Make a First Aid Kit for Horses

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How to Create a First Aid Kit for Horses Table of Contents Why do I need a First Aid Kit? If you own horses, eventually some type of injury or illness is inevitable. A well-stocked first aid kit is the first step in getting prepared. Three common injuries with horses include wounds, eye injuries, and lameness. Colic is the most prevalent illness. This article includes a list of basic first aid items. Once you create a first aid kit, remember to check it for appropriate quantities and expiration dates at least once per year. Treating Various Illnesses and Injuries Learning...

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Ringworm Treatment for Horses

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How to Treat Ringworm in Horses Table of Contents What is Ringworm? Ringworm presents as a scaly, dry, hairless patch of skin usually circular in shape. It is caused by a fungus, not a worm or parasite as the name may imply. While the horse’s immune system could naturally clear up the infection in a few months, treatment is highly recommended to expedite the healing process and minimize the risk spreading to other animals. Ringworm is Extremely Contagious Highly contagious, ringworm can be spread through direct contact or via objects such as brushes, blankets, or stall walls. The fungus is...

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