Insidious Sand Colic

Horses living in gritty desert climates, such as Nevada, are at high risk of developing sand colic. Owners can reduce that risk with some simple management solutions.

In 2011, cases of EHV-1, or equine herpesvirus-1, were rampant following two large events held in Utah. This May, several confirmed cases of EHV-1 have surfaced in Mississippi, Colorado, Tennessee and Kentucky.

We couldn’t step you through the pre-purchase process (described in this month’s print feature, “9 Things You Don’t Know About Pre-Purchase Exams”) because no veterinarian uses exactly the same procedure. They’ll all be equally thorough in their own way. Dr. Ed Murray outlines his procedure, giving you a glimpse into the process. Allocate two to four hours for this evaluation.

In the July 2005 issue of Western Horseman, Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association tie-down roper Mike Hadley of Canon City, Colorado, shared his equine fitness regimen. In addition to ensuring his horses are physically fit for competition, Hadley also takes care to ensure they eat well and have a comfortable environment in which to live.