The Horse

OCT 2018

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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CONTENTS VOL XXXV NO. 10 ■ OCTOBER 2018 ■ 4 October 2018 The Horse | THE HORSE: YOUR GUIDE TO EQUINE HEALTH CARE® Vol. XXXV No. 10 (ISSN 1081-9711) is published monthly by The Horse Media Group LLC, 3101 Beaumont Centre Circle #100, Lexington, KY 40513. Periodicals postage paid at Lexington, KY, and at additional mailing of˜ces. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care, 3101 Beaumont Centre Circle #100, Lexington, KY 40513. CIRCULATION QUERIES: Write us at the address given above. Annual subscription rates in U.S. Funds: United States, $24.00 (residents of Kentucky add 6% sales tax); Canada, $40.45 (includes GST and shipping); all others $45.00 (surface mail delivery) payable in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank. Unsolicited manuscripts, photographs, or slides will be carefully handled, but the Publisher makes no guarantee of a reply and will not be responsible for their safety or return. Do not submit original photographs or slides. No part may be reproduced by any means without permission. ©2018 by The Horse Media Group LLC. THE HORSE: YOUR GUIDE TO EQUINE HEALTH CARE® is a registered mark of The Horse Media Group LLC. Printed in the United States. COVER PHOTO: WESTEND61 GMBH/ALAMY ABOVE: COURTESY VIRGINIA TECH'S MARION DUPONT SCOTT EQUINE MEDICAL CENTER FEATURES 16 Colic Surgery: Making Hard Decisions Know what to do if your horse needs colic surgery and how to afford it. AN OFFICIAL AAEP MEDIA PARTNER R e s c u e s G o n e W r o n g H a y Q & A B o d y w i d e I n f l a m m a t i o n OCTOBER 2018 | THE HARD DECISIONS COLIC SURGERY COMING NEXT MONTH > Responsible 'Backyard Breeders' > Objective vs. Subjective Lameness Exams > Dealing With Vision Loss ON THE COVER DEPARTMENTS 6 WHAT'S ONLINE 8 VIEWPOINT 9 READER SERVICES & OUR CONTRIBUTORS 10 NEWSFRONT 12 LETTERS 14 BEING PREPARED FOR EUTHANASIA AAEP Forum > Plan ahead when it comes to making end-of-life decisions for your horse. 37 Q&A ABOUT HAY Nutrition > Equine nutritionists address real horse owners' queries about this essential forage. 43 BACK TO WORK Sports Medicine > How to transition a sedentary horse back into an exercise program safely and effectively. 50 SHOPPER'S PADDOCK & ADVERTISING INDEX 22 Exposed Practical lessons we can learn from a real-life infectious disease outbreak and resolution. 27 Good Intentions Gone Wrong The psychology behind rescuing and hoarding animals. 31 It's All Connected What we're learning about the effect of bodywide inflammation on horses. THE HORSE'S PARTNERS IN EQUINE HEALTH weva

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