If you have a horse that has a short, choppy step at the walk and trot, what are some ways to help extend your horse?

There are a couple of reasons why your horse may have a short, choppy stride. Oftentimes, horses with a steep shoulder and pasterns have short, choppy strides. Evaluate your horse’s conformation to see if this may be causing this type of movement. Remember that the angle of a horse’s shoulder and pasterns should be 45 degrees. If your horse is more upright (steep) than that, it is likely to cause short, choppy movement. Also, check his hoof growth. Have a …

Do you have information on chigger bites on horses?

When you are riding, you can put petroleum jelly on the coronet area of the horse’s legs to prevent the chiggers from climbing and biting. After they have bitten, there is very little well-known treatment available, other than treating the itch. Contact your veterinarian to see if other appropriate bite remedies are available.…

How should I manage a horse with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
In equine COPD, inhalation of airborne allergens leads to airway inflammation which gives rise to bronchospasm. Treatment therefore involves prevention of exposure to allergens by environmental management, reduction of inflammation by use of corticosteroids, and relief of airway obstruction by use of bronchodilator drugs. Depending on the severity of the disease, use of the horse, and facilities available, one or all of these treatments may be used for a COPD-affected horse. There is no cure …

Why can mules not reproduce?

The horse has 64 chromosomes (32 pairs), and the donkey has 62 (31 pairs). When they are mated, the mule receives 63 chromosomes (32 from the horse and 31 from the donkey). During meiosis, the chromosomes are not in pairs, and, as their number is halved, the sex cells usually end up without a complete set. This unbalanced condition does not allow the sex cells to function, resulting in sterility.…

What is the pH of the horse's stomach?

The pH levels of the stomach vary depending upon the area that you examine. The pH varies from more basic (pH 6-7) near the cardiac sphincter (or closer to the end of the esophagus) to very acidic (pH 1-2) near the pyloric sphincter (near the duodenum). When your horse eats, the feedstuffs tend to layer in his stomach, depending on the density of the material. If the feed is low density, it will stay closer to the top, where saliva …

How many mares can I breed to my stallion?

When artificial insemination is used, 10 mares per day may be bred by a stallion that produces good-quality semen. Mares only need to be bred every other day as spermatozoa survive 48 hours or longer in the mare’s reproductive tract. Therefore, the use of A.I. will allow for every other day collection from the stallion. Collection every other day will produce higher quality semen longer without behavior problems. In a hand–mating situation, the following table provides the number of mares

How much storage area is required for hay?

Baled hay requires approximately 250 cubic feet of storage space per ton of hay. An 1,100-pound horse eating 1.5 percent to 2.0 percent of its body weight per day in hay would eat 16.5 to 22.0 pounds per day, or in one year about 3 to 4 tons (100-120 bales of hay). Four tons of hay require 1,000 cubic feet of space or a storage area roughly 9 feet high and 11 feet x 11 feet (9′ x 11′ x …