Lisa Kemp

Articles by: Lisa Kemp

Horse Water Sources; Should I Worry About the Hardness of My Horses' Water?

Electrolyte Primer

The equine body requires electrolytes; their levels govern functions ranging from muscle contraction to fluid transfer between cells to hydration.

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When to Refer a Colic Case

The Good Ride

Don’t load your horse onto the trailer before understanding exactly what he’s getting into.

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Chicago Museum Next To Host ‘The Horse’ Exhibit

Chicagoans and guests to the Midwest can marvel over the history and development of our modern world courtesy of “The Horse,” an interactive exhibit at The Field Museum through Aug. 14. The exhibit allows visitors to view horses as much more than athletes, companions, or romantic memories of days gone by. Through dioramas, fossils, and cultural objects horses are present

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The Science Of Saddle Fit

A saddle can either encourage comfortable movement and clear communication between rider and horse, or it can result in discomfort and behavioral problems. Evaluating a saddle’s fit requires an understanding of saddle construction, the anatomy and dynamic movement of a horse, and the literal impact of the rider. If you haven’t evaluated your saddle’s fit recently, it could be time to do so.

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HERDA: Preventing The Heartbreak

Part 3: Robin Davison “did everything right” when she bought her registered Paint mare Quality Sensation (aka Penelope), including hiring a knowledgeable trainer as her guide and agent and scheduling a prepurchase exam. Penelope’s HERDA was undiagnosed then, but Davison says in hindsight there were signs that the mare had the skin disease, which can be so severe that euthanasia is required in

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HERDA: A Daily Struggle

Horses afflicted with the skin disease hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA, also called hyperelastosis cutis or HC) can develop external lesions from a variety of environmental factors. This includes everything from sunlight to contact with tree bark or fence boards … even other horses; keeping their fragile skin intact can be a full-time job. (Editor’s note: This is p

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When HERDA Strikes

A diagnosis of hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA), or hyperelastosis cutis (HC), is frequently a grim one for horse owners. The hereditary skin disease that affects some stock horse breeds can result in isolation and skin lesions for the afflicted horse, and mounting veterinary expenses and heartache for the owner. But one horse-and-owner pair is proving that it’s possible to live

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Choosing Horse Supplements: a Miracle in a Bottle

Some supplements have been shown to benefit equine health and well-being; however other products labeled as “supplements” by unscrupulous manufacturers have not gone through a governmental testing process proving their efficacy. Know what to watch for to help you, and your horse, get a lot more out of your supplement choices.

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NYC Carriage Law Addresses Equine Conditions

New York City carriage drivers will receive their first fare increase in more than 20 years through a new law passed recently. However, some feel it hasn’t gone far enough in improving conditions for the horses.

“The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) does not support Intro. 35 in its current version,” said Ed Sayres, ASPCA president

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Hit the Road (Trailer Maintenance)

Teaching a horse to load like a champ is an oft-covered topic, but have you considered whether you’re starting with an enclosure that’s safe and pleasant for both horse and human? By maintaining your trailer properly, and abiding by some simple safety guidelines, you will go a long way in helping your horse enjoy his ride and arrive safely.

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