Sweating is an important function of the horse’s body during hot weather and/or exertion to keep him from becoming too hot. A small amount of body heat is removed through air exchange via the respiratory system, but more than 70% of excess body heat is dissipated by sweat evaporating from the skin. Some horses in hot climates lose their ability to sweat (anhidrosis) and are at risk for heat stress and heat stroke.
As Remember Me Rose’s progeny began winning major races—current runner Powerful Favorite alone has won seven stakes, including four Grade 1 races - her foals have become extremely popular at sales.
Best of Show Winner at 2021 Cowboy Artists of America Exhibition
Horses occasionally develop inflammation and ulceration of the gut lining, most commonly in the stomach (gastric ulcers). Colitis, or inflammation of the colon, is rarer, but can be very serious. For some reason, this problem tends to occur more in the right dorsal colon.
Scott Wells Looks Out Over Retirement’s Horizon
The Thoroughbred influence on the American Quarter Horse is evident in the million-dollar sire lists we have profiled in this annual Million Dollar Sire issue. The Thoroughbreds Three Bars and Top Deck represent the dominant sire lines in the Quarter Horse today.
When they married 21 years ago, Carlos Lujan and his wife Brenda began attending horse races at Ruidoso for fun. It’s a tradition they kept up throughout the years. “We loved the thrill of it all, from the butterflies to the adrenaline rush to standing in the winner’s circles, and most of all spending time with the family during all this craziness. All glory to God,” he says.
As we continue to explore basic vital signs that help you and your veterinarian assess a horse’s health, let’s examine another critical parameter: intestinal activity. This is evaluated by listening to gut sounds using a stethoscope placed in the flank area on both sides of a horse, in each of four quadrants.
Most young stallions that begin a breeding career have already proven themselves in a racing career. If the young horse has done well on the racetrack during his 2- and 3-year-old years, for instance, he may begin breeding mares as a 4-year-old. Before entering the breeding shed, he needs some re-training, a fertility evaluation, and some time to refocus on his new job and prepare for his first breeding season.
Several days before future Champion Uncle D went to post for the 2019 Rainbow Futurity, his owner Fran Cavenaugh of Cavenaugh Quarter Horses saw what she believed was an auspicious sign.
My family’s trip from northern Oklahoma to Ruidoso, New Mexico, had something of a Dust Bowl appearance, our mini-caravan headed by my father and me in a struggling 1950 pickup stacked sky high with stable equipment and towing a two-horse trailer. Next came a borrowed six-horse van driven by an immigrant groom, Jimmy.
The Johnson family was among the first in the state to promote racing Quarter Horses
What’s in a name? When we see the word revenant, many of us recall the 2015 movie The Revenant, a film based on the life of frontiersman Hugh Glass starring Leonardo DiCaprio. It is the story of a man severely injured in a bear attack, who is left in the wilderness for dead. He returns to civilization to right the wrong his fellow trappers did by leaving him to die. So, what does the word revenant mean? It is a person that returns from the dead. This brings us to A Revenant, a colt born in 2014
Occasionally a mare foals too early, and the foal is premature. Foals born at less than 320 days’ gestation are considered premature, and chances for survival decrease considerably if a foal comes earlier than 300 days. These foals are not ready for life outside the uterus, and usually need intensive care to survive.
Many racehorse owners, breeders and trainers hope of having a World Champion, and only a few fulfill that dream. Danjer, the 2021 AQHA World Champion, fulfilled that dream for Dean Frey as the breeder, owner, and trainer of the five-year-old gelding. Now that is the way to cover all the bases!
Dr. Larry Findley has put his own and his family’s talents to work to forge a thriving veterinary complex
It seems fitting to walk you through some basic evaluations you can do on your horse when you think he may be out of sorts. This provides you and your veterinarian with specific information that may need to be acted on immediately. In this first installment, let’s focus on mucous membranes.
There are times when a horse suddenly develops hives for no specific reason. Such a hypersensitivity response to a non-infectious cause is referred to as an allergy, which can range from a serious, life‑threatening systemic reaction (anaphylaxis), to a mild, but disagreeable, skin reaction, such as hives or itching.
Clabber, AQHA’s first World Champion During 2021, we saw and experienced a great year of racing, flirting with everything from two potential triple crown winners at Ruidoso Downs to a horse that traveled to a number of tracks meeting all competition and adding to his racing credentials. It has been a good year for racing – and a great year for Danjer, who was recently named the 2021 AQHA World Champion. Such a title marks the top horse to represent the success of a racing season.
Not only is an adequate supply of food necessary to maintain a horse’s body condition, but the teeth must be able to properly grind the feed to make full use of the diet you provide.