Seasonal

Caring for your horse in EXTREME heat

We’re looking at plenty of high heat index ratings over the next few days, and we want to make sure your horse is prepared for it. There are a few things you can and should do to protect your horse as they get used to this summer sun, so read on,...

Mayfly Hatching Season – Beware Potomac Horse Fever!

It’s July, so Mayflies are hatching in Wisconsin. Next comes Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) cases. PHF causes clinical signs such as lethargy, fever, loss of appetite, diarrhea and laminitis in late summer to early fall. Here’s what you need...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Turning your horse out in the winter

Preparing our horses and our pastures for winter turnout brings a new set of challenges to horse owners. We need to consider the basics of keeping our horses warm (read Dr. Lisa Nesson’s article on Blanketing your Horse) and keeping happy herd dynamics,...

Should I Blanket my Horse in the Winter?

The high in Madison, WI today is -4°F, it currently feels like -23°F, and we’re all miserable about it! Because we’re all thinking about our horses standing in this cold weather, we’re here to tackle the omnipresent blanketing question....

Feeding your Senior Horse in the Winter

Winter is hard on all of us, but it has a particular toll on senior members of our horse community. Many of our clients who already struggle with weight maintenance in their senior horse in the spring and summer are concerned about how to adapt their...

Feeding Your Horse in the Winter

Winter in the great, white North brings traffic jams, winter blankets, and unexpected weight loss (at least for our equine companions). Many of our clients are concerned about how to adapt their feeding plans for their horse in order to best equip them...