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So You’re Worried About Colic…

It’s been a long, wonderful fall with lots of relatively warm days until this past week when Old Man Winter suddenly made an appearance with a cold front coming through causing the temperature to drop by a whopping 20 degrees from 45 daytime highs to...

Wisconsin Winter has Arrived!

Following the long fall and then delightfully warm early portion of this winter, cold temperatures have finally arrived here in the Upper Midwest with temperatures plunging into the single digits and wind chill temperatures well below zero.  Not just...

The New USEF Vaccination Rule: What you Need to Know

Background For the past few years, there have been several EHV/EIV outbreaks at horse shows throughout the United States that have caused chaos on showgrounds and back at the stables when horses return home from traveling. In order to alleviate concerns...

Safely Handle a Horse During a Veterinary Visit

All horse holders are not created equal. While the job may seem easy, veterinary appointments are very stressful for most animals. All of their senses kick in to tell them that this guy is not someone they want to be around. They see a truck pull up,...

Potomac Horse Fever – What You Need to Know

As late summer approaches, concerns arise for a particular disease horse owners and veterinarians hadn’t seen much of in this area of Wisconsin until several years ago. While Irongate Equine Clinic saw our first case of Potomac Horse Fever this season...

The Etiquette of Semen Shipment

Breeding horses is a difficult business. It’s an expensive, arduous, lengthy process that involves multiple people and horses, and sometimes multiple states. In trying to complete the process, there are a few things you should do to make sure that...

EHV-1 and Show Travel: How to Protect Your Horse

It’s the time of year when a few cases of equine herpes virus present around the US. As always, biosecurity is a very important part of traveling with your horse. Please read on to learn more about  EHV-1 and basic biosecurity. EHV-1: Clinical...

Your “How-To” Guide for Strategically Deworming your Horse

There are a few different schools of thought on deworming, and ours is, “less is more”. Instead of deworming your horse with every product available, we focus on what they need to be dewormed with, and how we can get the most bang for our...

Save a Horse, Stock your First Aid Kit

First aid kits are an imperative part of a well-managed stable. Though your veterinarian is always on call, having a thorough knowledge of emergency and critical care for your horse and being prepared with an appropriately stocked first aid kit could...

Joint Supplements: Adequan vs. Legend

In the quest to keep your performance horse health and happy, joint health is always a primary concern. A horse’s joints go through mild to moderate  repetitive trauma in most sports, and often need to be supported with medical therapies in order...