Friesian Advocate

04: Myth or Real? “Stall Side” blood analyzers can be an accurate method of assessing the health status of your horse.

Answer – Real In a recently published paper, two blood proteins, fibrinogen and serum amyloid (SAA), that signal inflammatory conditions (illness/injury), were evaluated with respect to their potential to help veterinarians quickly assess the health status of a horse, especially those horses in training. The study looked at Thoroughbred horses in race training where a…
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03: MYTH OR REAL? Moxidectin (“Quest” dewormer) and Fenbendazole (“Panacur Power Pak”) are equal in their ability to control small strongyles in the horse.

Answer – MYTH (according to one recently published study) Small strongyles (cyathostomins) have become the most prevalent and important internal parasite of the horse. Emergence of large numbers of the larvae from the intestinal wall during late winter/spring has been linked to issues such as acute diarrhea, fever, colic and sometimes death, with the most…
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02: MYTH OR REAL – Riders and their horses do have a unique, definable relationship that is scientifically “good for the body and good for the mind”.

Answer – REAL According to one study, a unique state of “co-being” (co-being describes a relationship “in which each partner evolves to fit better with each other, both physically and mentally”) can indeed exist between a rider and their horse. Analysis of narrative data from 60 interviews with a wide variety of riders, both in…
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