Emergencies

Vet Says: “Chew Your Food or You’ll Choke”

What is choke? Esophageal obstruction (choke) is a condition in horses that occurs when food becomes lodged in a horse’s esophagus. When the food gets stuck, it blocks the esophagus, rendering the horse unable to eat or drink. Choke should be considered...

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...

Helping a Down Horse

In winter terrain and weather, a horse that’s down on ice is in a life threatening situation. The horse may be suffering from an injury from falling on the ice, or have hypothermia from laying in the snow/ice for a long period of time. This is often...

The Equine Physical Exam – 120 Seconds and $0

There are few things you can do as a horse owner at zero cost, but a physical exam is one of them, and it brings extraordinary value to you as a horse owner. If you haven’t already read my 5 Rules for Equine Emergencies, take a look! The very first...

Slow Down for Trail Riders! (A tip sheet for driving around horses)

Fall is a great season for trail rides – the weather is perfect, though fickle, the scenery is gorgeous, and your horse is excited about stepping out into that atmosphere! Not to mention, it’s a great way to let off post-show season steam....

Does your horse get burdocks (burrs) in his eyes?

Fall is a wonderful time of year in Wisconsin; changing colors, crisp days, frosty nights, completion of the summer’s harvest – maturation of pesky burdocks (burrs). They get everywhere and horses are very adept at finding them whether your turn...

7 Equine Emergencies and How to Treat them

As the final post stemming from our free client education seminar, “Be Your Horse’s Hero: Equine Emergency Care“, we’ll present seven common equine injuries and conditions here, and the best ways to react to them. Remember –...

5 Rules for Equine Emergencies

Thanks to our free client education seminars, we were able to lecture a large group of clients on how to handle emergencies and tips for caring for your horse during an emergency. Here are some details for those of you who couldn’t make it! There...

Be Your Horse’s Hero: Emergency Equine Medical Care

Ah, the plight of the horse owner. These strong and intelligent creatures have the very special ability to get the themselves stuck in the most unusual predicaments that need medical care. Not only that, but they demonstrate surprising fragility when...