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Equine Cushings Disease- Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Cushing's disease occurs in various animals (e.g. dogs, horses, people), although the symptoms in horses are different than the symptoms in other animals (e.g. in dogs it results in hair loss whereas in horses it results in greater hair growth). When the disease occurs in horses, it is known as Equine Cushings Disease (or ECD). ECD is an illness caused by excessive hormone production. The pituitary gland produces too much hormone, which over-stimulates the adrenal glands, which in turn produce too much steroids. It is the excessive quantity of steroids which causes the symptoms associated with ECD. The over-production of the pituitary can be caused various changes, such as the growth of benign tumors, enlargement of the pituitary due to age-related changes, or a decline in the regulatory chemical dopamine due to age-related changes in the brain. All of these factors tend to be age related, so the disease is much more common in older horses (over 15 years) although it has been found in horses as young as seve...

 


What You Should Know Before Buying a Horse

Buying a horse is a huge investment in both time and money, and there are some things you'll want to know before you start searching for horses for sale. Buying a horse can be compared to buying a used car. Unscrupulous horse traders will alter the appearance or behavior of their horses for sale to fool you. Even among the honest horse traders, most wouldn't purposely mislead you, but they may not tell you the whole story about their horses for sale unless you ask. Ask the seller some questions that relate to what you are looking for in a horse. Some of the following questions may help you decide if the horse you're looking at is right for you.Why are you selling this horse and how long have you personally owned this horse?Does the horse have any medical problems? Has the horse ever been lame? How are the horse's teeth? Have you ever had the horse's teeth floated? Has the horse ever foundered? What type of worming program are you using?What type of riding do you do? (Trail, English, Western, Three day Ev...

 


Know How To Check If Your Horse Is Pigeon Toed

The horse is as much a part of Utah's landscape as the mountains, the desert, and the fertile meadows of farmland. Ranching and farming make up our economy as well as other industries that make this an interesting state to visit and live. But the horse was our main means of transportation that brought settlers over the great Rocky Mountains to finally settle in the meadows, valleys and deserts or Utah. Many ranchers raise horses for herding cattle and other livestock, ranchers run popular dude ranches that are sprinkled in the northwestern part of the state, some ranchers raise quarter horses for racing and finally, ranchers raise horses for the personal enjoyment and appreciation. Here is a bit of trivia that horse lovers (from afar) may not know: 98% of horses are pigeon toed and are at risk of becoming lame. This condition is a common affliction but it is difficult to recognize. While a horse's feet point straight ahead, the horse can still be pigeon toed and early detection to correct is importan...

 


Your Horse Can Benefit From Calming Supplements

Sometimes you may feel like your child is acting a little bit like a monkey, but in reality there are some true similarities between animals and people that you might not have ever thought about. More and more people are being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder and other related conditions all of the time. Not only that, but with the proper prescriptions they are benefiting from a greater focus and sense of self-control. Now think about the hyperactive filly that you have out in your barn and maybe you're wondering if she wouldn't be a little better off with some horse calming supplements to help her find her focus as well. The truth is that with a little bit of help she could be a brand new horse, just like with a little Ritalin your child seems like a new student at school.Just like many of us discover that we have positive results when we take supplements to strengthen our bones and joints or to decrease muscle tension, horses also are able to reap these positive benefits.We all know tha...

 


Taking a Horse's Temperature, Pulse and Respiration

Three standard indicators of a horse's health are temperature, pulse rate and respiration. These can be used not only to determine if your horse is ill but also can indicate the type of illness. Horse's Temperature The normal temperature for a horse is about 38C (100.5F). Individual horses may vary half a degree either side of this, so you may want to take your horse's temperature when it is healthy so you know what its healthy temperature is exactly. There can also be a variation of up to half a degree due to time of day and activity. Variations of more than one degree indicate a problem, which should be treated accordingly.. An elevated (abnormally high) temperature usually indicates that the horse has an infection. In such cases, keeping the horse warm and comfortable is important. In particular, one should protect it from being chilled by cold, wet or windy weather. The higher the temperature is, the more serious the condition, and the more likely that veterinary assistance or antibiotics may be requir...

 


How Trainers improve their Horse's Performance

The difference in wining a horse race and coming in second or third is a question of only a few inches for many jockeys. Training their animal for months to run at their fastest and endure to the end of a race, many trainers put their horses through a daily routine of exercise. Watching the seconds pass as an animal is giving its all to the performance that will make it a winner, the owner and trainer or professional racing animals are always looking for ways to lighten the load and make the horse run as fast as it possibly can. Where a horse can give it's all still come in second place by a nose, training and exercise need to be enhanced with the addition of horse blood builders. Improving the overall racing ability of the animal and allowing them to run for longer periods of time without being tired, the addition of nutrients that thicken the blood can greatly alter the difference between first place and coming in at the end of the pack. Without using steroids or other illegal substances to help give the an...

 




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