Livestock production: Don’t underestimate botulism in horses

It takes less of the botulism toxin to kill a big horse than it does to kill a small mouse. Horses are extremely sensitive to botulinum toxin, which is produced by the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum. As a matter of fact, it takes more of this toxin to kill a mouse…

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Your library for horses

Here’s a collection of our articles on horses and horse care. How to buy a horse There is more to buying a horse than simply picking out the one that appeals to you. How to feed your horse Correct nutrition is the foundation of a happy, healthy horse that performs…

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Livestock production: What you should know about colic in horses

Question: What is colic? How does it develop and what can I do to prevent my horse from getting it? Colic refers to pain in the abdomen, usually caused by digestive tract problems. Colic from gastro-intestinal causes may be classified into 3 groups: Intestinal dysfunctions. Intestinal accidents. Enteritis/colitis or ulcerations.…

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Livestock production: Beware of thumps in horses

Unseasonably hot weather can mean a greater number of thumps cases in endurance horses. Synchronous Diaphragmatic Flutter or thumps is one of the most common metabolic conditions in equine endurance rides. It is seen more commonly in hot, humid conditions, and an unbalanced diet with the incorrect salt and electrolyte…

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