Experimenting with Vitamin B1: Part 2

After a positive first week on Pharm Vet’s Vita- B1 supplement, I was really looking forward to taking a jumping lesson- our first in a while. Unfortunately, in the heyday of show season, I couldn’t meet with my coaches this past week. Instead, Aleva and I embarked on another challenge: a trip down the road.…

Drugs that test at horse shows in Canada

How many times have you seen a person scouring the label of a horsecare product and anxiously asking, “Does this test?” Equine Canada (EC) regulates national competitions in dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, general performance, hunter, jumper, para-equestrian, reining, vaulting and breed sports. When you pay your show fees at an EC-sanctioned show, you’re also paying…

Identifying and treating thrush

Thrush is an anaerobic bacteria that dines on healthy horse hoof tissue. It grows best in low oxygen environments. Horses contract the bacteria when they stand in muddy pastures or wet stalls for hours at a time. If a horse has contracted heels, a deep cleft (central sulcus) or a frog peppered with fissures and tags, he’s at…