Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Trailer Maintenance

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March 5, 2021
by Trailmeister

Horse Trailer Maintenance

Before the riding and camping season gets going full swing, now is a good time for your horse trailer’s yearly safety checks and trailer maintenance service. If you aren’t mechanically savvy, or just not inclined, to do the job yourself a qualified professional can do all the work for you. Just make sure that they know what you want to be examined as the mechanic may not be familiar enough with horse trailers unless you ask for specific tasks...

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Monday, February 14, 2022

Inexpensive Pain Drug Gets a Boost for Treating Horses

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Researchers found acetaminophen is readily and rapidly absorbed, and most of the horses appeared to feel and move better.

Posted by Betsy Lynch | Feb 2, 2022

Editor’s note: Always consult your veterinarian before giving your horse any pharmaceuticals, including over-the-counter drugs.

If a little bit of acetaminophen makes your horse feel better, a little bit more might make him feel a little bit better for a little bit longer. This is welcome news for owners who are managing horses with chronic aches and pains.

Acetaminophen is a cheap and effective over-the-counter pain reliever that provides an alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) with undesirable side effects such as gastric ulcers and kidney damage. Researchers confirmed that acetaminophen is safe for horses at a higher dose than tested previously, even when administered for weeks at a time...

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Monday, February 07, 2022

Study: Preload Horses With Electrolytes Before Travel, Exercise

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Horses lose large quantities of sodium, potassium, and chloride, as well as smaller amounts of magnesium and calcium, through their sweat. Supplementation before work might help.

Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Feb 7, 2022

Horses lose so many electrolytes through their sweat—even when you don’t see them sweating—they risk drawing electrolytes from muscle cells to replace the lost ones. Fortunately, “preloading” horses with electrolytes, by having them consume an electrolyte mixture before travel or exercise, appears to protect them from such deprivation, said a team of Canadian researchers.

More specifically, a 2-gallon dose of a hypotonic electrolyte supplement can help keep fluids in the muscular cells and lead to longer exercise times, while maintaining high sweating rates—meaning the horse’s cooling system is still working as it should, said Michael Lindinger, PhD, president of The Nutraceutical Alliance, in Burlington, Ontario.

Horses lose large quantities of sodium, potassium, and chloride, as well as smaller amounts of magnesium and calcium, through their sweat...

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