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Demos and Exhibits

Equine Demo and Equine Medicine/Parasitology

The Equine Medicine booth is full of information ranging from basic equine anatomy to aging a horse based on their teeth. There is also information about some common equine medical conditions.

horseThe number one killer of horses is colic. Colic is not a disease, but rather a combination of signs that alert us to abdominal pain in the horse. Colic can range from mild to severe, but it should never be ignored. Colic can become life-threatening quickly, so seeking qualified veterinary help fast is important.

Since first being recognized in the United States in 1999, West Nile virus (WNV) has posed a serious threat to horses and humans alike. The virus is transmitted when a mosquito takes a blood meal from a bird infected with WNV, then feeds on a horse. While many horses exposed to WNV experience no signs of illness, the virus can cause inflammation of the brain and spinal cord and in some cases is fatal.

Internal parasites are silent killers. They can cause extensive internal damage, and you may not even realize your horses are heavily infected. Using deworming agents on a regular schedule in combination with good management procedures is critical to relieving your horse of most parasite.

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