Horses are prone to a number of different types of skin disorders. Their skin is very thin, and they have a lot of it, being large animals, so it is not uncommon for a horse to suffer from several types of skin maladies at the same time on different parts of its skin. Learning to recognize and diffe
Dimethyl-Sulfoxide, commonly known as DMSO, is a substance used for a variety of medical reasons. Primarily used for its ability to relieve inflammation, DMSO treats founder and relieves arthritic symptoms as well. DMSO can penetrate the skin quickly and take other substances with it such as antibio
One of the most challenging issues of keeping horses is properly fencing their habitat. Keeping the horses safe, while choosing the best fence possible for your budget, requires a good deal of education and foresight. Since fencing can come in such a huge variety of types and costs, the more you kno
Red Brand horse fence is one of the most safe types of horse fence available. The fence is made with very small openings so a horse cannot get his head or hooves through it. The wire is strong but springy so that it gives just enough if a horse hits the fence. Red Brand is available at many hardware
Horses that are purebreds, meaning they're usually bred for racing or showing, are required to have a registered name. This ensures that both the owner and animal are protected from unscrupulous breeders who trade on a famous name. The first step is to decide on a name and the association you'd like
Keep your saddle pads clean to protect your horse from dirt and embedded sand that can irritate his back. Regularly inspect the underside of the pad for matted hair, rough or hard spots, rocks and sand, burs and other objects that can aggravate your horse. Proper animal grooming will also protect yo
Horse wormer is designed to be given to a horse in doses based on the horse's weight. According to the American Miniature Horse Association, the average miniature horse weighs between 150 and 200 lbs. The average adult full-sized horse weighs close to 1000 lbs. If a miniature horse receives a worme
The decision has been made to purchase a horse. It is time to turn to the details. What breed of horse should I get? Where do I find quality tack and saddle?
Horses at a riding stablehorse image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.comIf you have always wanted to work with horses but are not sure where to start, an equine vocational program could be just what you need. Many trade schools and community colleges throughout the United States offer equine...
Vitamins are essential to life - they regulate metabolism and assist the biochemical processes that release energy from digested food and are the foundation of body functions. Some are water soluble which cannot be stored in the body so therefore they must be taken into the body daily - includes Vit
Horses have long lives, and most folks intend to give them a forever home. After all, our equine companions are often a large part of our lives and we spend a great deal of time, energy, money and effort on their behalf! But the fact is that millions of animals are purchased or trade hands every yea
A horse suffering from a bruised hoof will exhibit a purplish or dark gray discoloration on the sole of the foot. The visible bruise may be fresh or the result of an injury that occurred several months ago. The horse often shows signs of mild lameness when the injury first occurs with no discernible
When a person sustains a serious physical injury like a broken bone or damaged ligament or tendon, an integral part of their recovery program is going to include physical therapy.However, this crucial piece of the injury recovery process is often left out where horses (or animals in general) are con
Wide open spaces and a blanket of grass is what horses prefer to have around them. Though often associated with stables for living space and oats for food, horses prefer a very specific type of environment based on how they evolved.
Pinworms can be easily controlled.horses image by Penny Williams from Fotolia.comEquine pinworms are parasites that live in the large intestines of horses. At night the females lay eggs on the skin around the rectum. These eggs can fall off the host and contaminate pastures where they are...
As you learn to ride you may fall victim to one of these common bad riding habits. Learn what to watch for as you learn to ride your horse.
As one of the most common ailments to a horse, equine thrush affects the hoof of a horse. Thrush is caused by a anaerobic bacteria as well as general moisture get trapped in the hoof which in turn causes an infection in the hoof that can be very damaging to the horse if left untreated. This particul
Bleeding gums or lips commonly mean dental issues in horses. If left untreated, it can lead to severe infection of the gums, mouth or sinuses. There are common reasons for a horse to develop a bleeding mouth.
Veins circulate blood throughout your cat's body -- and are also prevalent in the ears. When a vein is cut due to injury, a fight or an accident, the bleeding is intense. A pressure bandage is one method of slowing down the bleeding enough to safely transport the cat for professional help. A pressur
An alpaca's teeth may need to be trimmed to avoid digestive problems and harm to other animals and humans. A veterinarian should be consulted before dental work is performed, and teeth may need to be surgically removed in some cases. Most of the time, however, the alpaca's owner can saw off the anim