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Cleaning Water Buckets

I’m concerned about keeping our horse’s water buckets clean. So far, I have spritzed them every day with a weak bleach solution followed by a spritz of club soda with separate sponges. Any comments or alternatives?

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Recovering from the Flu

There was recently a flu-like breakout at the barn where I board. How long do the horses need to stay isolated?

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Sheath Cleaning Frequency

 Gray is a 22-year-old Quarter Horse gelding. My question is how/whether to clean his penis. When he lengthens it to urinate, I try to pick off the black crusty stuff, but it is somewhat unpleasant to do this. There is no smell, no

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AAEP Convention 2001: Disease Control

Antibiotic Treatment for Horses

When treating horses with antibiotics, veterinarians must consider several factors. These factors include determining what bacteria the antibiotic is to treat, the susceptibility and

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Venereal Disease in Horses

Venereal diseases are those that can be sexually transmitted. "Vener" is the Latin term for sexual intercourse and, hence, the origin of the term "venereal." The outcome of sexually transmitted diseases in horses can vary

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Getting the Germs Out

You’ve heard it before, but here it is one more time: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With this in mind, it’s time to take a serious look at disinfecting barns and equipment where horses are housed. When it come

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Protecting Your Horse From Disease Outbreaks

When it comes to protecting your horse from disease outbreaks, Mom was right. An ounce of prevention is definitely the way to go. Infectious diseases can be devastating to your horse and your pocketbook, but there are steps you can

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Breeding Facilities

Any way you look at it, building a barn is a major undertaking. Doing it right the first time, to avoid headaches later, is the smart approach. In addition to the usual considerations of location, aesthetics, cost, and

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Common Skin Issues for Horses

 The horse’s largest and most visible organ is his skin. Its job is to protect the internal organs from the outside environment; to help maintain constant temperature, water, and mineral balance; and to

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Leather Care For A Stable Connection

Leather accumulates dirt, sweat, and just plain grunge whenever it contacts the horse’s coat and skin. To maintain the leather’s reliability, you continue the care that began at the tannery. You’ll apply leather care preparations to remove harmful

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Insects and Parasites: Fighting Fall Foes

However, some horse-troubling insects and parasites become more active during late summer and fall. Unchecked, they can be an annoyance, stress a horse’s energy reserves during the winter months, or cause illness or death. It is up to you to protect

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Farm Disinfection

Salmonella, Rhodococcus equi, strangles, rotavirus, and multiple other contagious disease outbreaks…these are the bane of horse owners, farm managers, and trainers. One strangles outbreak can wreck a show season, cause

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Wildlife Disease: Contagious Critters

Diseases from other animals pose a constant threat to our horses. Disease-causing agents, or pathogens, lurk in local wildlife, fly overhead in birds, and lay in the next field inside cows peacefully chewing their cuds. These disease agents–whether

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Quarantine Facilities

Quarantine facilities…the mere name implies isolation and horses with infectious diseases for which there are no cures. In reality, quarantine facilities are the first line of defense to protect horses in the United States from such diseases.

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Foal Diarrhea

I am a new owner of a broodmare who just had her first foal, which now has diarrhea. How serious is it for him?

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