Health Spotlight: Selenium Deficiency in Horses

Happy New Year! This is part of Owl Equestrian’s new series, Health Spotlight, featuring a number of topics related to equine health. A number of significant health impacts are associated with selenium deficiencies in the equine diet, including severe muscle disorders like white muscle disease, myodegeneration, and acute exertional rhabdomyolysis (tying-up), the latter of which […]

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Health Spotlight: The Role of Selenium in the Equine Diet

Happy New Year! This is part of Owl Equestrian’s new series, Health Spotlight, featuring a number of topics related to equine health. A trace mineral required in minuscule quantities, selenium is a powerful antioxidant, protecting tissues from the free radicals that are formed during the conversion of food to energy. Selenium is also found in […]

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Snores, Yawns & Stretches: A Horse-Guided Massage

In You can massage a horse? Of course! I wrote about Oliver, the first horse I fully assessed and treated on the last day of the equine massage therapy course. Since then, over the past 6 weeks or so, I have been visiting Oliver’s barn once a week and giving treatments to other horses. So far, I […]

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The Evolution of Equus

The evolution of the horse is fascinating! Equidae (the horse family) evolved over 55 million years, with more than 30 distinct species. The only genus surviving today is Equus, which includes horses, donkeys, and zebras. Did you know that horses became extinct in both North and South America about 10,000 years ago? According to evidence […]

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You can massage a horse? Of course!

A fellow “student of the horse” I met in an Equine Anatomy course in the fall of 2016 is a Certified Equine Massage Therapist. Upon learning this, naturally, my curiosity was piqued! I want to learn all that I can about these magnificent creatures and couldn’t think of a more hands-on and therapeutic way to […]

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