Health article archive


Health articles published before March 2012.


Diet, exercise supreme in controlling insulin resistance
The secret behind that lathery horse sweat!
Guide to dehydration and electrolyte use in horses
Pulmonary hemorrhage and sudden death in the horse
How to keep your horse cool
Pass the salt: electrolyte replacement for horses

Diseases / Viruses

Hendra horrors: what does the future hold?
Equine Herpesvirus Q&A
Germ warfare on the home front
All about heaves in horses
West Nile virus
Vesicular Stomatosis Q and A
Glanders Q and A
Does NZ need a GM horse vaccine?
Hendra virus Q and A
    » Hendra in the news
Reducing equine disease transmission – hand hygiene study
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM)
    » CEM in the news
African Horse Sickness
    » AHS in the news
EPM: Learn to recognize the symptoms
Strangles: Young horses more at risk
ELM: Equine leukoencephalomalacia
EIA: Equine Infectious Anemia
Equine Herpes Virus (EHV)
Horses and Foot and Mouth disease
Foot and Mouth – advice for horse owners

Equine influenza:

    » EI in the news
Influenza in horses and humans: the perils of viral marketing
Ten things New Zealand can learn from Australia’s equine flu outbreak

Equine flu Q & A
Equine influenza treatment and care
Colds and flu in horses


HERDA – Hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia
HYPP – Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis


Tetanus on the increase
Immunisation gives long-term tetanus protection


Ryegrass staggers: the danger to horses


Researchers reveal fresh colic findings
Donkey colic study reveals risk factors
Coping with colic
First aid for colic

Wounds & Injuries

Daily horses checks can save lives
NZ manuka honey shown to speed healing of horse wounds
Treating old scar tissue in horses
Treating eye injuries in horses
Proper wound treatment reduces complications
Wound first aid
Proud Flesh: hints on …
The Accident: to treat and spell or to spell and treat?
Bill’s diary: illustrated story on recovering from injury


Laminitis: what new research is telling us
Founder and laminitis

Joints and movement

New method for treating tendon damage
New screw for pastern implants
Stem cell therapy targets cartilage defects
Dr Wayne McIlwraith on US research into joint issues
New ideas for tendon treatment
The Flex Test
A solution for splints


Research needed to better understand navicular disease
Cracked horse hooves never easy to fix
Brent Jury explains the farrier’s work
“Why your horse should go barefoot”
Hints on Hoof Cracks
Correct shoeing for vets and owners
Navicular disease in horses


Battle of the bulge: dealing with umbilical hernias


Selenium and compounded drugs
Feeding magnesium to horses


Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
Research shows risks with bute
New method for treating tendon damage
Bute and horses: care is needed
Know your horse’s vital signs
New procedure to correct equine heart rhythm problem
Breakthrough in ultrasound technique for horses
Tramadol: Common human painkiller may be effective for horses
Stabling a sick horse
Thermography speeds up diagnosis
The ‘Bute’ Debate and Herbal Alternatives
Nerving: A farrier’s viewpoint


Common anti-viral drug effective against sarcoids – study
Horse researcher finds parallels with human conditions
Non-surgical management of sarcoids
Diet, exercise supreme in controlling insulin resistance
Cure closer for sweet itch in horses
Scald / Rain rot: Getting rid of it
Mud rash: fighting the bad bacterial boys on the block
Aussie shrub extract shows promise against mud rash
Crib-biting could be hereditary trait
Sweet Itch: researchers closer to beating ailment
Stress explored as factor in stomach ulcers
Link between cribbing and tummy upsets
The science of soaking hay
Gastric ulceration common in NZ racehorses
Gastric ulcers: reducing the risk
Chronic cough without fever in horses
Head shaking in horses
Equine motor neuron disease: what is it?


Warning of multi-drug resistant redworms in horses
Taking the fight to equine parasites
Worm control series
Bot infection in horses
Drug resistance of equine internal parasites
Parasite control
Vaccination alert


Oral endoscopes reveal more teeth defects
Dental care for the horse
Close-up on wolf teeth
Inside the horse’s mouth

Tying up

Tying Up: Rhabdomyolysis in horses
Azoturia or “tying-up”


Massage and muscle therapy
Why is massage therapy important for your horse?


Allergies & Blood Cleansing
Herbs for the Nervous Horse
New ideas for tendon treatment
My Horse has Arthritis!
Coping with EIPH or Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage (Bleeders)
Dealing with Dull Coats
Herbs for Endurance Horses
Nerve tonics


“Super bran” shows promise in laminitis-prone horses
Sweet-feed caution suggested at training phase
Does your horse’s salt lick have that feel-good factor?
Water is the most overlooked nutrient for horses
Yeast may help horses better digest roughage
Safe ways of group-feeding horses
Prolonged hay soaking has few benefits for horses – study
The selenium quandry
Equine nutrition basics
Do-It-Yourself Supplements

Alternative therapies/treatments:

All About Reiki
Stem cells could help knee, stifle injuries
Benefits of equine Breathing for Endurance Horses
Healing chronic conditions with Equine Breathing
Herbs for Endurance Horses
Shock-wave therapy machine brings new treatment option
Endosurgery will make healthcare easier
Aromatherapy for your horse
Holistic medicine: are we listening?
What is Emu Oil?
Alternative therapy in equine medicine
Power pads a boon to sore horses
Magnetic therapy for horses



Urine Factories and the Menopause Horse Industry
New method to calculate foal weight
Working out the weight of your horse
A first-class equine first-aid kit
Skull fractures in horses
Horse health research projects get $US1.1m grant
Winter care of the horse
Do you need horse insurance?
GPS tracks racehorse fitness
Just what’s in those menopause pills? – a look at Premarin
Equine Health Association update
Important equine hormone developed
Information on EVA in NZ
Hypodermic Needle Damage
Special conditions for competition horses in MAF import review
DNA registry for horses?
Shackelford horses test positive for EIA
Horse disease could help AIDS
Ag ministry releases horse standards
Killer virus could cause human depression
Scientists to trap mosquitoes
Researchers to study nutrition, stress

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