Rallie McAllister, MD

Rallie McAllister, MD, grew up on a horse farm in Tennessee, and has raised and trained horses all of her life. She now lives in Lexington, Ky., on a horse farm with her husband and three sons. In addition to her practice of emergency and corporate medicine, she is a syndicated columnist (Your Health by Dr. Rallie McAllister), and the author of four health-realted books, including Riding For Life, published by Eclipse Press and available at www.ExclusivelyEquine.com or by calling 800/582-5604.""allie McAllister

Articles by: Rallie McAllister, MD

Nutrition For Horsewomen: Excerpt from Riding For Life

As an equestrian, you know the importance of your horse getting good nutrition. You realize the quality of the feed and forage is key in determining how he looks, feels, and performs. You probably invest in high-quality grain, hay, and nutritional supplements to maximize your horse’s health.

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The Equestrian Athlete (Excerpt from Riding For Life)

If you’re a seasoned equestrian, you know how physically demanding and mentally challenging riding can be. Even if you’re a newcomer to the sport, it probably didn’t take you long to realize riding is much more than just sitting on a horse.

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The Heartbreak of Separation Anxiety

Separating horses from their buddies can be problematic and sometimes even dangerous to horse and handler?here?s how to ease the pain of separation anxiety.

Separation anxiety is a relatively common condition among horses,

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Live and Learn (Equine Education Opportunities)

Educational opportunities abound for horse owners and handlers.

For horse owners and equine enthusiasts interested in increasing their knowledge, training, or skills, there have never been more opportunities to learn.

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Equestrian Longevity (Book Excerpt)

Regardless of your age, it’s never too late to start making changes that will impact your life in positive ways. It is never too late to take the first step toward a future filled with horses, happiness, and good health.

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Finding the Right Horse

No matter how long you’ve been riding, the age and the level of training of the horse you’re thinking of buying are key considerations.

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Preparing to Buy a Horse

The decision to buy a horse is a big one, and like all major decisions, it should be made with a great deal of thought, consideration, and planning.

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Induction of Lactation in the Non-Pregnant Mare

Poor milk production or the loss of a mare in the peripartum period (occurring in the last month of gestation or the first few months after delivery) can jeopardize the health and viability of the foal. To provide the foal with an alternate

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Systemic Therapy in the High-Risk Mare

Several conditions can threaten pregnancy in the late gestational mare. C.S. Bailey, DVM, who is completing a theriogenology residency at the University of Florida and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., said some of these

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Dopamine and Its Evil Twin Ergovaline

In the horse, the hormone dopamine exerts a number of effects through its actions on the pituitary gland. Both dopamine and ergovaline, a dopaminergic agonist (a drug that stimulates dopamine receptors), can significantly impact the mare’s

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How Many Jumps Does a Horse Have?

When USA Equestrian Team member Lisa Jacquin and her star jumper For The Moment earned their share of the team silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the gutsy Thoroughbred gelding was at the top of his game. He was fast, powerful, and precise

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Crossing Boundaries

Vaccination of broodmares is just one part of a complete disease prevention program, but its importance should not be underestimated. Immunization is one of the least expensive, and most effective, strategies horse breeders can use to protect

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Science and Horsemanship

Over the past two decades, the work of Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, has elevated equine sports medicine to a whole new level. As the first incumbent of the Mary Anne McPhail Chair at Michigan State University, Clayton brings an element of modern

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Progress in Solving the Horse Genome Puzzle

Equine researchers around the world are gearing up for the sixth International Equine Genome Workshop, to be held in Dublin, Ireland, this summer. The meeting will allow participating scientists to move one step closer to achieving their

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