Category Archives: General Horse Information

General information on the care of horses.

Chronic Protein Deficiency In Horses

This is a very important article for all horse owners to read and understand.

I know that a lot of horse owners don’t have time to read this, but I promise you that reading and understanding this article will be life altering for your horses.  If your horses are lame, if their top line is melting away, if skin disease plagues them, ask yourself why. Then read and understand why I think that most horses have a chronic protein deficiency.    Doc T

Caspian Horse Society of the Americas believes a pre purchase vet exam is one of the most important things you can do to be certain your investment is protected.  Many folks are now purchasing horses off the internet sight unseen, something CHSA does not recommend, making these exams more important than ever.


Equine purchase exams inform the buyer of existing or potential problems that could render the horse unsuitable for its intended use. This article explains what a veterinarian examines when conducting a purchase exam.

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Body Condition of Horses

circus-160hBody condition refers to the amount of fat on a horse’s body. Fat is tissue that serves to store energy and is produced when the horse is digesting more energy than is needed for maintenance and production processes. Over time, horses consuming rations with more energy than is needed will increase body fat. Horses receiving less energy per day than is needed will use significantly increased amounts of fat for an energy source, which decreases the amount of body fat.

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Measurement Procedure for Horses and Ponies

circus-160hApproved Measurement Procedure for Horses and Ponies Colleen Brady, Extension Specialist, Department of 4-H Youth, Carla Kerr, Department of Animal Sciences, and Mark Russell, Extension Horse Specialist, Department of Animal Sciences Use of the following step-by-step procedure will ensure consistent, accurate measurement of horses and ponies. Indiana 4-H rules require that all equines entered in classes for animals 56” and under must be measured by a certified measurer. The measurer must then sign the appropriate line on the horse and pony enrollment form. Equines over 56” do not need to be measured.

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Understanding Horse Behavior

The 4-H Horse Project offers 4-H’ers opportunities for growing and developing interest in horses. This manual should help expand your knowledge about horse behavior, which will help you better under stand why a horse does what it does. The manual contains information about the basics of horse behavior, horse senses, domestication, mating behavior, ingestive (eating) behavior, foaling-time behavior and how horses learn.

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