University of Illinois College of Agriculture

Articles by: University of Illinois College of Agriculture

Manure Composting Workshop Offered in Northern Illinois

Horse and small livestock owners are invited to attend a workshop on best management practices for dealing with manure sponsored by University of Illinois Extension, University of Wisconsin Extension and the Hooved Animal Humane Society. The workshop will take place Monday, Oct. 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. CDT at the Hooved Animal Humane Society in Woodstock. The workshop will share infor

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Horse Sales: Cribbing Can Break the Deal

Even when a stalled, cribbing horse is turned out to pasture, they often continue to crib on the fencing or water troughs. It’s also interesting to note that some experts think cribbing can be a pleasurable sensation for horses and act as a stress reliever.

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Choke: No Heimlich for Horses

Unfortunately, even if you could do the Heimlich maneuver on your equine friend, it probably would not help. That’s because choke in horses is completely different than when a human chokes, at least from an anatomical perspective.

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Straight to the Horse’s Mouth

Although equine dentists cannot have their patients lie down in a reclining chair for easy access to those hard-to-reach molars, the field has progressed greatly in the past 20 years. It is now possible to perform a root canal or a tooth extraction

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Equine ‘Thumps’ Are More than Mere Hiccups

One of the best known cures for relieving someone of the hiccups is a good, old-fashioned scare. However, what do you do when it seems that your horse has a case of the hiccups? Sneaking up behind a 1,000 pound Thoroughbred and yelling “Boo!,” i

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Laminitis and Controlling Spring Pasture Access

Equine veterinarians have known for years that some horses can handle the spring grass, while others will become ill and develop laminitis, a painful disease process in which the hoof wall separates from its attachments in the foot.

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