Category Archives: Horse Health

Outbreak Alert – West Nile Virus

August 15, 2018 West Nile Virus Fauquier County, VA Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine Source: Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer ServicesThe Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) today announced the state’s first positive case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a horse this year. The nine-year-old pony mare from Fauquier County tested positive for WNV at VDACS’ regional...

Heat Stress in Horses

Summer hot weather is here, and often with it hot and often humid weather which can cause horses to become overheated. Horses produce large amounts of heat through digestion of their food and activity during exercise. If the air is cooler than the horse’s body temperature, then blood is directed to the skin where the horse rids itself of the excessive heat...

Why do horses loose weight during hot weather?

Several factors influence how much energy it takes to maintain normal body temperature.   Air temperature, humidity, wind velocity, solar radiation and precipitation are all factors that affect how much energy is expended to maintain normal temperature for animals that are exposed to these elements. We know that horses use more Calories to stay warm in the...

No Hoof, No Horse: How does the hoof grow?

In previous articles, we discussed the external and internal structures of the hoof.  By understanding the structures of the horse's hoof, we can understand how the hoof grows.  The rate and the quality of growth, much like our own fingernails, varies and while we don't depend on our "claws" for survival,...

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