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Marcia King

Marcia King is an award-winning freelance writer based in Ohio who specializes in equine, canine, and feline veterinary topics. She's schooled in hunt seat, dressage, and Western pleasure.

Articles by Marcia King

Brushing Up on Thrush in Horses

Autumn is just around the corner and, for many areas of the country, that means the onset of wet weather, a reduction in riding, and more stall time for horses. All of which could mean an uptick in the risk of your horse developing thrush–that gunky, smelly, black discharge oozing from the bottom of his hoof.

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Joint Injury and Arthritis in Horses: Searching for Solutions

At the Colorado State University’s Orthopaedic Research Center, researchers have developed and advanced numerous diagnostic, preventive, and treatment options for musculoskeletal problems for both horses and humans. (The horse is an excellent model for osteoarthritis and cartilage repair in people, as tissue changes that occur in the horse mimic what happens in humans.)

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Core Training Exercise Guidelines

Core training exercises can be done without a warm-up–for example, in horses that are recovering from injury–because the horse controls the amount of motion, and loading of the joints is less than during locomotion. Hilary M. Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University, says that in athletic horses, however, the optimal

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Herbs for Horses

While there is some scientific evidence that herbs can be used as effective treatments and preventives in humans and animals, “natural” does not always mean “benign.”

You probably know the types: Eager Ellen, who is sold

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