Ray Geor, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM

Ray Geor, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, is the pro vice-chancellor of the Massey University College of Sciences, in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Articles by: Ray Geor, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM

Does Feeding Affect Behavior?

Next time you visit your local feed and tack store, peruse the horse supplement section. Chances are you will find at least one that claims to have a “calming” effect on horses. Whether or not these supplements live up to these claims is

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Matching Diet to Activity Level

When it comes to extracting the maximum effort out of your performance horse, there is no doubting the importance of a sound feeding program. He needs a balanced diet to replenish fuel reserves, repair tissue, and provide a foundation for

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How Does Your Horse Score?

Keeping a close eye on your horse’s body condition and weight is perhaps the best way to gauge the effectiveness of a feeding program. We all want our horses to be in tip-top shape, well-muscled, and neither too fat nor too thin. The problem?

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EIPH: Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage

Perhaps the most widely recognized of all disorders affecting racehorses is bleeding, or exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH). We now know that most racehorses bleed at some time during their careers. In fact, many horses might bleed”P>Perhaps the most widely recognized of all disorders affecting racehorses is bleeding, or exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH). We now know that most raceh”>Perhaps the most widely recognized of all disorders affecting racehorses is bleeding,”Perhaps t

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NSAIDs: Pain Relief or Pain in the Gut?

Most of us have used these drugs in our horses at one time or another and have some appreciation of their benefits. And there is no doubt that many of the NSAIDs are invaluable in the treatment of many of the ailments that can plague the athletic hor

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Lower Airway Disease

Coughing, one of the most common signs of respiratory disease, can occur in response to irritation from viruses, bacteria, or inhaled environmental dusts and allergens. However, most veterinarians and researchers will agree that irritation from

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Spleen Problems

I heard that a horse’s spleen is unique, but my friend said horses don’t have a spleen. What’s the truth?

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Feeding the Endurance Horse

The nutritional needs of the endurance horse are somewhat unique compared to horses used for other athletic disciplines. The metabolic demands of endurance racing (including competitive trail riding and ride and tie events) are high, requiring

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Digestion From Start To Finish

Although it is not necessary for you to become bogged down in the intricacies of equine digestive physiology, a basic understanding of how the horse digests feed is necessary for the selection of appropriate diets and feeding practices.

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Cross-Training For Horses

To add variety to conditioning programs, human athletes often undertake exercise sessions that are not specific to their athletic disciplines. For example, long-distance runners might cycle on a stationary bike once or twice a week, swim, or

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Gastric Ulcers: A Pain in the Gut

Over the last 10-12 years, veterinarians and researchers have documented an alarmingly high prevalence of gastric ulcers in horses. Worse, the prevalence seems to be even higher in horses in training, particularly racehorses. Of course, the rise

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Sales Prepping Yearlings

As spring moves into summer, the primary focus of activity on many breeding farms is preparation of yearlings for sale. There isn’t much scientific research on exercising horses at that young age, yet many farms are using forced exercise to make

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Travel Diets: Take it With You

Over the past couple of years, a great deal has been written about the effects of transportation (by road or air) on horses. Hopefully you have taken the time to read these articles and now have a heightened awareness of the potential stresses

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