Category Archives: Specific Conditions

Bad Hooves: Genetic or Anthropogenic?

I consider myself a student of the horse.  Every day I learn more–whether it be related to nutrition, hooves, or just overall health.   In the last few years, hooves have come to the forefront of my attention, though.   I’ve done quite a bit of research on common hoof problems– how they come about and how they can be corrected–and I’ve worked to […]

Natural Remedies for Gastric Ulcers in Horses

Last week, I wrote about preventing gastric ulcers in horses–which is mainly done by making modifications in diet and management practices.  This week, I’d like to expand on the issue a bit more and focus on some natural remedies for this very common condition. First of all, we may not be aware of how many horses suffer […]

EIPH in Horses

A friend recently asked me about ‘bleeding’ in horses.  Bleeding is technically called Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) and is common in race and performance horses.  The following article, by holistic veterinarian, Dr. Madalyn Ward,  explains the condition and a few treatment options.  A certain amount of pulmonary hemorrhage, which is bleeding in the lungs, can […]

TMJ Disorder in Horses

Temporo-mandibular joint and muscle disorders, often simply referred to as TMJ, are defined as “a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement.”  A more accurate acronym is actually TMD (temporomandibular dysfunction).  But for this post, I’ll refer to it as TMJ since most of […]

Hope for Navicular Horses?

If you google ‘navicular’, you’ll come up with hundreds of different articles–many contradicting one another– about this supposedly incurable equine problem.  It’s very easy for a person to become confused about what ‘navicular’ really means and whether or not there may be hope for their horse.  I’ve been there before. I dealt with ‘navicular’ for the first time with the […]

A Guide to Gut Sounds in Horses

As an equine acupressure practitioner, something I commonly use is what is known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as the ‘Four Examinations’.  The Four Examinations use the five senses and are a way of gathering information about a horse before using acupressure.  They include looking, smelling/ listening (these two senses are grouped together in TCM), asking (asking the owner/ guardian questions), […]