Archive for the ‘Horse Ailments’ Category

Horse Diseases – Loss of Hair

February 27, 2008



Hair Loss forms part of horse diseases in the equine industry and can be easily noticed as:

-areas of “missing mane”

-horses tail

-underneath the girth, saddle or blanket

-bald patches on the coat

-scabs falling off with losing hair.

Sometimes in horse diseases, it is hard to tell if your horse is suffering from general hair loss or something which may need a veterinarian’s opinion.  Sometimes when using nutritional supplements, allergic reactions can occur such as hives, bumps or scabs.  Horse diseases such as microsporum ringworm can start as alopecia with no scabs and will need a culture done for proper diagnosis.   The general rule about any hot area on the body (horse diseases) is most likely an infection and should not be ruled out when caring for hair loss symptoms.


Horse Diseases – Insect Bites

February 18, 2008

People think that something as common as “insect bites” may not have to be taken seriously. However, as part of “horse diseases” it does make reference to these ailments. On this occassion we will talk about flies as it seems to be the most irritant of them all, and if you read just a little about them in horse diseases, you will find that they can wreak havoc in and around your stable or pasture. They not only attack the horse itself and you by extension, but are responsible for the transmittance of dangerous horse diseases such as encephalomyelitis and swamp fever. This is in addition to receiving painful bites. There are a number of ways to reduce the number of parasites that swarm around your barn and pasture. It will be advantageous to find which way will suit you and your horse best, in respect of caring for horse diseases such as insect bites.

“Warts” – horse disease

February 15, 2008

Warts are also part of horse diseases.  The reason some people are not privy to this is because it mainly appears in young horses.  It falls part of “horse diseases” as it is a proper viral, contagious disease.  If the infected horse is kept in the vacinity of other horses, every step should be taken to prevent the disease from spreading.  Horse diseases such as single warts or cluster warts usually have a cauliflower appearance and show as blemishes on the face, mouth and nose.  In the long term they are not harmful overhaul.  “Wart” horse diseases will disappear on their own in most cases, but a considerable amount of time needs to be given for this to happen.  On a personal note, you will be amazed at what you will learn studying horse diseases!

Scratches – Horse Diseases

February 14, 2008

Did you know that “scratches” can be considered part of horse diseases? I have been asking he question lately and most people have viewed a scratch as been a topical skin scrape. However in the equitation industry, under the roof heading of horses diseases, you will find scratches to be described as greasy heel, cracked heel and foot rot caused by bacteria. Generally scratches affect the hoof and the hock joint on the horse. Symptoms include scabby, cracked areas that can be swollen and hot to the touch. If you study some of these ailments under horse diseases, these symptoms are quite serious as they can cause lameness, which is always a bad thing. Causes associated with scratches include bacteria, parasites, allergies, improper nutrition, irritants and even bedding etc…In horse diseases you will find that horses with white feet are more susceptible to scratches. Interesting..

Horse Diseases

February 2, 2008

There are so many horses diseases to talk about. When considering how complex the anatomy of a horse is, horse diseases would have to be broken down into many sub-catergories and sometimes veterinarians struggle themselves to diagnose specific horse diseases such as thrush, white line disease and hoof rot to name a few. But what about something like proud flesh wounds? This could fall under horse diseases, however it is not actually a disease, but an effect of external injury caused by an outside action resulting in a wound which would need treatment to heal from the inside out. Then again it “could” fall under horse diseases, as it would be vulnerable to infection after the event – subsequently a disease icon_smile.gif

Something to think about..

Horse Ailments

January 7, 2008

There are so many horse ailments out there, but I am just gonna share some most common with you for now.  Ring worm, switch itch and laminitis are some common horse ailments which can be easily treated although laminitis is quite serious.  Ring worm is a contagious fungal infection, whereas the sweet itch of horse ailments is an allergic reaction causing inflammation. The laminitis of horse ailments is painful and prevention is always better than cure.  A severe case of this causes lameness where the horse shows reluctancy to move.  In any of the mentioned horse ailments, early detection will be to your advantage.