There are few things more important to remember during the summer heat than to keep you and your horse hydrated. Drinking plenty of water and taking electrolytes will replace those lost through sweat and help keep you and your horse healthy and energetic.
If the flies and mosquitoes drive your horse crazy this time of year, try a waterproof fly spray like UltraShield EX and the UltraShield EX Fly Mask, which features safety releases and a durable, heat-reflecting material. Your horse will thank you!
This Week in Horse Health News:
#mindyourmelon — Human health is important, too! Want to win a Tipperary T2 helmet to call your own? In honor of Riders4Helmets International Helmet Awareness Day, our awesome sponsor Tipperary is giving one away! Send us the story of why you #mindyourmelon every ride every time, along with a photo of you rocking your helmet to [email protected]. Please keep entries to 200 words or less and send them in no later than Monday, July 14 at 5 p.m. EST. [Tipperary T2 Helmet Contest]
Rethinking deworming practices: By studying populations of dung-eating beetles, French scientists have raised questions about equine deworming practices and how they impact the environment. [The Horse]
Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act passed by Congress: This act amends the Controlled Substances Act and allows veterinarians to continue to transport and provide medicine to clients on farm calls. [Blood-Horse]
Colic surgery survival rates studied: University of Florida researchers have developed a grading scale to help veterinarians determine whether horses need surgery to remove (or resect) a segment of small intestine during strangulation colic. [The Horse]
Scientists solving mysteries of Equine Lyme NB: Equine Lyme Neuroborreliosis (NB), a tick-borne disease that is notoriously difficult to diagnose, affects the nervous system and causes horses to display symptoms with a wide range of severity. Researchers at Cornell implemented three different studies to better understand the disease, its diagnosis and possible treatments. [The Horse]
Video of the Day: This is probably the most relaxing horse video I’ve ever seen. Watch two equine buddies chill and blow bubbles in the water like it’s the best thing ever (which, let’s be honest, it probably is).