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Articles by Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM

The 'rest' of the story

The competition season is over for most: Why, when and how to provide the off-season rest an equine athlete needs for optimum performance
Feb 1, 2008

For most of the country, the wind blows and the snow swirls. It is not quite foaling season, too early for breeding and, except for those clients chasing points and heading to warmer weather competitions, things are relatively quiet for most equine practitioners.

Drought, floods impact hay crop: Helping horse owners cope

Aug 1, 2007

There is an old Italian proverb that says, "Your plate is always full of what you don't want."

Soothing the savage beast

Keeping show horses calm often linked to proper training, management, nutrition
Jun 1, 2007

It is early morning on the average American horse show grounds. The mist is just beginning to clear and the horses, trainers, riders and associated show personnel are only now beginning to rise. But some grooms and horses have been at it for a while already. They are in the warm-up ring or on a nearby field, and they have been lunging around since first light.

Cast away

Mar 1, 2007

For most adolescents it was a rite of passage. Signed and decorated by their friends, it was that itchy, white-plaster cast on his/her wrist, arm or ankle. It may have been acquired from a bike, skateboard or skiing mishap, a sports injury from football or hockey or just a fall on the ice.

For equine practitioners, education is key to disaster preparation

Feb 1, 2007

The SEEN program's first objective is ... education.

Out of the gait

High-speed film shows limb motion complexity that can't be captured by the naked eye
Sep 1, 2006

Analysis is important, but it's still critical to get out to watch horses move.

Face time can fuel personal growth, good will

Sep 1, 2006

It is interesting that the very best thing that you can do to become better at recognizing and diagnosing lameness in horses may also be the best thing that you can do for your business. Dr. Colin Burrows, executive director of The North American Veterinary Conference, wrote a piece on marketing strategy in the July issue of the NAVC Clinician's Brief.

Hydration 101: You can lead a horse to water and make it drink

Aug 1, 2006

Slightly hypertonic water will stimulate the thirst center, impelling a horse to drink more overall water.

Warming up to Warmbloods

Burgeoning breed will be important part of equine practice
Jul 1, 2006

Wrmblood horses have proliferated dramatically in the last several years in North America. Increases in importation and breeding numbers have led to this surge in popularity. These Hanoverians, Holsteiners, Trakehners, Oldenbergs, Selle Francais, Dutch Warmbloods, Swedish Warmbloods, Irish crossbreeds and others are being used with increasing regularity in the dressage and jumper rings where their size, power and agility is sought and admired.

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