Category Archives: Specific Conditions

Chaste Tree Berry for Horses

The herb, chaste tree berry (vitex agnus-castus), is one that many horse people may have heard about.  It’s often fed to horses with Cushing’s or other conditions affecting the pituitary gland. If you read online about chaste tree berry, you will likely encounter stories proclaiming the positive effects of the herb, but you may also […]

EPM: Cause, Symptoms, and Treatments

Seven years ago, my gelding, Hershey, suddenly came up lame.   The lameness was so unusual though that I couldn’t determine the source of it.  It didn’t appear to be in any one leg or hoof, but more of a problem in the spine or neck and it was only noticeable when he was under saddle.  Like […]

Choke in Horses

Up there on my top ten list of scary things that can happen with horses is choke.  If you’ve never witnessed this ordeal with a horse, you’re fortunate!  The first time I dealt with choke was years ago with my first barrel racing horse, Dee.  I remember seeing her in distress right after I fed the […]

Dr. Robert Bowker on Navicular Disease

I was very excited to have the opportunity to interview Dr. Robert Bowker last week.   He’s one of the few researchers who has dedicated his life to learning all he can about the function of the foot and has led the way in changing the way many of us view the horse’s foot.  His studies on blood […]

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 […]