Blan­ket Check

Horse & Rider - - Health - Source: Ken­tucky Equine Re­search equinedis­easecc.org.

If your horses need blan­ket­ing to stay com­fort­able in win­ter, fall is the time to check their “warm clothes” for needed re­pairs and clean­ing. If you find you need to shop for some­thing new, be sure to see next month’s spe­cial blan­ket fea­ture for tips to help you find just what you need.

Fat = Less Fer­tile

Over­weight mares have lower fer­til­ity, de­creased milk pro­duc­tion, and po­ten­tially an in­creased risk of dys­to­cia (ob­structed la­bor). Plus, they’re at risk for in­sulin re­sis­tance and lamini­tis. Don’t al­low your preg­nant mare to ex­ceed a score of 6 on the stan­dard body- con­di­tion scor­ing rubric ( bit.ly/body­con­di­tion­score).

Be on the Alert List

The low­down: You can now stay abreast of in­fec­tious- dis­ease out­breaks and up­dates via email alerts from the Equine Dis­ease Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Cen­ter, a new in­dus­try-funded com­mu­ni­ca­tion hub based in Lex­ing­ton, Ken­tucky. How to par­tic­i­pate: The ser­vice is free; sub­scribe through the EDCC mail­ing- list link at

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