Assessing Body Condition Score
While knowing your horse’s weight is critical to making sure your horse is receiving the care it needs, tracking your horse’s Body Condition Score over time is an ideal (and easier) way to make sure your horse is doing as well as you want him to. Developed through extensive research by Texas A&M, the Body Condition Score (BCS) is measured on a scale of 1 to 9, with 1 being “Poor” and 9 being “Extremely Fat”. Click here to download a chart describing each of the scores, along
Colic Prevention Tips
Colic is not a disease but rather a combination of signs to reflect abdominal pain in the horse. Colic is still considered the number one killer of horses in the United States and can range from mild to severe. Colic is the main thing that all horse owners fear! Colic can become a life-threatening condition in a relatively short time and should never be ignored. Management plays a crucial role in colic prevention. I hear people say all the time, "Horses survive in the wild. Y
What is a Warmblood?
"So, what the heck is a “warmblood?” I’ve heard the term, but am confused." This is a tough one, because the term has begun to be loosely tossed around in North America. I can tell you for sure that a warmblood is NOT a cross between a hot blood and a cold blood. Don’t let anyone tell you different. There are only two types of “hot-blooded” horses in the world. These are the Thoroughbred and the Arabian. Draft horses are considered “cold-blooded.” Many people in the United St
How to Give Intramuscular Injections
Do you know how to give your horse intramuscular (IM) injections? It's a great skill to have at your disposal that just about anyone can learn. (I always recommend that a trained professional administer IV injections.) I've done many injections as both a vet tech & a Paramedic. I'm going to share my tips! Needle size.... The higher the number the smaller the gauge of the needle. A 14 or 16 gauge is considered large bore. Typically an 18 or 20 gauge will do the trick. A 22 g