Experimenting with Vitamin B1: Part 3

I am happy to report that this week’s challenge was a resounding success! We had our first jumping lesson for the first time in nearly six weeks- unheard of for a workaholic like Aleva! While the fences stayed small, the technical exercises were a great re- introduction to jumping. Unfortunately, I couldn’t harangue anybody to…

A colicking horse laying down in his stall.

Understanding equine colic

My horse is recovering from what we believe to be purpura hemorrhagica[i] – a serious allergic-type reaction to an infection from a flu virus. It all started with symptoms of fever and colic, but then progressed into symptoms of right dorsal colitis[ii] and enteritis, eventually leading us to the purpura diagnosis. It was a terrible experience,…

A horse hooking up to an IV catheter for rehydration.

3 ways to tell if your horse is dehydrated

Have you heard that drinking water is one of the best things a person can do for their health? The same goes for horses! Your horse should drink between 6 and 10 gallons of water each day. If he drinks less than that, he’s at risk for dehydration. A dehydrated horse is lethargic, can’t perform…