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Welcome to the Lucerne Farms Horse Health Blog!

Welcome to the Lucerne Farms Horse Health Blog!

We invite you to be part of an inspiring, fun, and informative discussion about health and wellness, everyday horse care, equine health management, and senior horse concerns. At Lucerne Farms, we are passionate about helping horses live healthy, comfortable lives whether their purpose is pleasure or performance. Since the early 2000s, Lucerne Farms has provided horses and their owners with high-fiber forage blends grown on the hay fields of Aroostook County in Maine, so we know the important role health and nutrition plays in performance and well-being. Ready to join the conversation? Comment, share, sign up for updates, or get in touch about what you want to hear more about when it comes to one of the most important living things in your life – your horse.

In the Arena with Lucky Orphan’s Herd

A Look Inside an Equine-Assisted Program at a Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue

At Lucky Orphan Horse Rescue, healing begins with the herd. The herd consists of the equine residents of Lucky Orphans, who gather in the 11,000-square foot arena at the Hudson Valley location. Groups that arrive include corporate groups, school kids, and members of farm tours and therapy programs. The day we caught up with Deanna Mancuso, founder of LOHR, the local County Animal Response Team had come to build team and leaderships skills.
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Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue: Healing Horses That Heal People

Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue: Healing Horses That Heal People

To know anything about Deanna Mancuso and the genesis of Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, a sanctuary for unwanted, abused, and neglected horses located in New York’s Hudson Valley, you’ll need to know the story of Nitro. A gift from her grandfather 24 years ago, Nitro, a 4-year pinto he found living in a nearby barn, taught Mancuso all she needed to know about healing, emotionally and physically, and the commitment it requires. Nitro had severe Lyme disease, cigarette burns on his nose, and he was growing into the halter that was too small for his muzzle. His demeanor was less than friendly, with reason. “Trainers said put him down, he’ll kill you,” Mancuso recalled. But today Nitro is 28 years old, one of 52 horses making their home at Lucky Orphans.

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Feed & Forage Tips to Reduce IAD Symptoms

A horse’s diet is a central to many incidences of IAD.

There are a variety of options for owners – some may be right for your horse.

  • Feed fresh, clean hay. Hay should smell fresh and not clump – old or musty hay harbors mold.
  • Feed low dust hay. Seek quality producers of low dust or low particle hay or those that hand sort under a vacuum.
  • Wet hay. Dry hay is a source of dust and mold spores. Hay can be hosed down to reduce dust or soaked for horses with higher sensitivity.
  • Steam hay. While they can be expensive and labor intensive, steamers are effective in reducing harmful dust and increasing hay temperatures, which decreases microbes.

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Inflammatory Airway Disease – Targeted Treatments Help Horses Breathe Easy

Inflammatory Airway Disease – Targeted Treatments Help Horses Breathe Easy

Dr. Janelle D. Tirrell, DVM of Third Coast Equine in Palermo has been practicing in Maine for over a decade. When she was in school at Michigan State University, she heard an often-repeated saying from those who studied equine airway disease: “Horses are best kept indoors outside.”

This contradictory piece of wisdom speaks to the challenge of creating an environment that balances good equine health and with the practical necessity of shelter and boarding. That challenge is part and parcel of diagnosing what today’s veterinarians refer to as Inflammatory Airway Disease, or IAD. Symptoms that can range from runny nose to laborious breathing can frustrate horse owners stymied by tracing symptoms to a cause. But once a diagnosis is made, a seemingly complex ailment can often be eliminated with relatively simple treatments.
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Quick Take: EOTRH

Diagnosing & Treating a “New” Equine Dental Issue

Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis, or EOTRH, has only been on the radar of equine veterinarians for the last decade. Since then, diagnoses of this “new” dental issue are on the rise, having become even more common over the last few years. EOTRH can be detected during regular dental exams, but it is a painful condition that should be treated immediately upon diagnosis.
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Dental Concerns for Senior Horses

For Older Horses, Overall Health Begins with the Teeth

Horses, like people, are living longer, and age-related health issues have increasingly become part of equine health management. While some dental issues can be business as usual, others require an expert eye to identify, treat, and maintain comfortable, effective eating at age 3 or 33. For horses, entering elderhood can be done gracefully without leaving good health, dental or otherwise, behind.
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