Category Archives: Performance Horses

Avoiding Burnout Based On Your Horse’s Temperament Type

Holistic Horsekeeping – March 2023 – Mid Month NewsletterBy: Dr. Madalyn Ward – How to have a healthy happy horse! Horses are such giving creatures. There is no reason they should do what we ask but they seem to enjoy interacting with humans and doing fun stuff. That is until we get too greedy. We … Continue Reading »

Leaky Gut Syndrome Part 2

Holistic Horsekeeping Newsletter, August 2022, Volume 27, Number 8 Dr. Madalyn Ward – How to have a healthy happy horse Pathology Associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome To prevent noxious substances from entering the bloodstream, the healthy gut responds in a complex, highly integrated fashion. Enterocytes, or gut-lining cells, actually bind the noxious substance and release chemicals to destroy it. These cells … Continue Reading »

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Holistic Horsekeeping Newsletter, July 2022, Volume 27, Number 7 Dr. Madalyn Ward – How to have a healthy happy horse How Damage Occurs Conventional western veterinarians are now recognizing and treating equine ulcers more frequently. With increased awareness of this syndrome, more horses are routinely being given antacids and acid blocking drugs. These medications may … Continue Reading »

February 2021 – Mid-Month

Holistic HorsekeepingHow to have a healthy happy horse Dr. Madalyn Ward What to do before you temperament type a new horse “This is not the same horse I bought.” This is the statement those of us who type horses hear so often. These cases are so hard. Imagine that you have just moved to a … Continue Reading »

Holistic Horsekeeping Newsletter June 2018

June 2018 Holistic Horsekeeping How to have a healthy happy horse. Volume 23, Number 6 =*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=* In This Issue: 1. Feel, Form, Function 2. Getting Your Horse Questions Answered =*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=* 1. Feel, Form, Function Raw talent (function) is a wonderful trait in a performance horse but it is not enough by itself to guarantee a … Continue Reading »

Holistic Horsekeeping Newsletter November 2017

November 2017 How to Help a Horse Learn Holistic Horsekeeping How to have a healthy happy horse. Volume 22, Number 11   =*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=* In This Issue: 1. How to Help a Horse Learn 2. Equine Holistic Resources Just a Click Away =*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*   1. How to Help a Horse Learn If you want to help … Continue Reading »

Does Your Horse Trust You?

Trust and like are two very different qualities, especially when it comes to your horse. Many horses like but don’t always trust their owners. Well-known horsemanship clinician Tom Dorrance feels that a horse’s trust for his owner is the foundation of the relationship. If your horse doesn’t trust you then his instinct for self-preservation will … Continue Reading »

Joint Health for Young Horses

Joint health is such a concern these days, especially for owners of performance horses, that it deserves some serious attention. In this issue, we’ll be discussing ways to create and maintain good joint health in young horses. While many horse owners now consider it normal and acceptable to give joint injections to 4 and 5 … Continue Reading »

Horse Lameness: 3 Steps to Holistic Care

Did you know that horse lameness affects 50% of all equines? Not only that, but 17% have laminitis, which can cause an average of 110 days of recovery time per episode. Worse, more than 28,000 are euthanized annually because of founder. Ouch! These are the results of the recent Veterinary Services Report from the U.S. … Continue Reading »

Does Your Older Horse Have Clicky or Crunchy Joints?

It’s not unusual for older performance horses to have joints that click, crack, or crunch, especially when you first warm them up. Although these “crunching” noises can sound a little alarming, there’s no need to panic. The noises are just a result of aging horse joints, and can be alleviated with some simple holistic horsekeeping … Continue Reading »