About Jaime Thomas, B.Sc.

Jaime Thomas is a graduate of the University of Calgary and has extensive experience working in the nutraceutical industry as a researcher and writer. She is a dedicated horse owner who enjoys staying current with advances in the equine health and nutrition field to better serve the horses she cares for and interacts with.

Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) – Signs, Treatment & Coggins Test

By |2022-09-28T10:28:04-04:00September 28th, 2022|Conditions|

Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) is an infectious disease that affects horses and other equids, such as donkeys and mules. The disease is caused by an RNA virus transmitted by blood-sucking insects. Many affected horses show no clinical signs and are asymptomatic carriers of the disease. However, stress or illness can cause signs to become apparent. Horses that test positive for the virus must be isolated from other horses to prevent the spread of the disease. Horses infected with the EIA virus carry it for life and remain contagious.

Girth Aversion (Girthiness) in Horses – Causes & Remedies

By |2022-09-07T17:19:18-04:00September 3rd, 2022|Care & Management|

Is your horse showing signs of girthiness? Also known as girth aversion or cinch sensitivity, horses that are girthy express signs of discomfort when they are being saddled. A girthy horse may respond to having a girth tightened by expressing various behaviors ranging from tossing their head, biting, swishing the tail, stomping their hooves, and moving away from their handler. Such behaviours can be problematic for horse owners, handlers, and grooms to manage. These behaviors could also be a sign of an underlying health problem, such as gastric ulcers.

6 Developmental Orthopedic Diseases in Horses – [Causes, Signs & Treatment]

By |2022-09-03T16:16:31-04:00August 27th, 2022|Conditions|

Developmental orthopedic diseases (DODs) refer to a range of non-infectious conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system of growing horses. These conditions arise from an interruption in the normal development of cartilage, bone, or soft tissue (joint capsule, tendon, or ligament). Genetics, growth rate, nutrition, and exercise conditions can influence the onset of DODs in growing foals. While some developmental issues are apparent at birth, others occur later as the horse grows. Conditions such as osteochondrosis and physitis can affect any breed of horses and are a common cause of pain and lameness.

Common Causes of Weight Loss in Horses – [Top 10 Reasons]

By |2022-09-05T23:26:40-04:00August 24th, 2022|Care & Management|

Unexplained weight loss in your horse is a cause for concern for any horse owner but is often straightforward to diagnose and address. If your horse is losing body condition, it could indicate an undiagnosed health problem or it may be time to consider changes to your horse's feeding and management. Older horses and horses affected by chronic disease are more prone to weight loss than healthy horses. Weight loss may also indicate a gut health issue, dental problem or concern with your horse's social grouping. Horses also lose weight when exposed to extreme weather or when fed a diet that does not provide sufficient dietary energy to match their needs.

Foal Heat Diarrhea (Scours) – Signs, Causes & Treatment

By |2022-08-29T09:33:26-04:00August 23rd, 2022|Conditions|

Foal heat diarrhea is a condition involving transient diarrhea in young foals, lasting for a few days up to two weeks. Foals with heat diarrhea do not have any systemic illness. While it is not known exactly what causes foal heat diarrhea, researchers believe this condition may occur because the flora of the foal's gastrointestinal tract is developing.

Equine Coronavirus (ECoV): Symptoms, Transmission, Treatment & Diagnosis

By |2022-07-11T12:57:58-04:00July 11th, 2022|Conditions|

Coronavirus Prevalence Transmission Effects Diagnosis Treatment Prevention Equine Coronavirus (ECoV) is a highly contagious illness transmitted between horses that can cause fever, anorexia, diarrhea, and colic. [...]

Thumps in Horses: Signs, Causes and Treatment of Synchronous Diaphragmatic Flutter

By |2022-06-21T15:48:07-04:00June 21st, 2022|Conditions|

Thumps in horses is a condition that produces irregular contractions of the diaphragm, resulting in a thumping noise similar to a human hiccup. Scientifically referred to as Synchronous Diaphragmatic Flutter (SDF), thumps causes the diaphragm to spasm in the same rhythm as the heartbeat.

Coat Color in Horses: How to Prevent Fading & Support Coat Quality

By |2022-06-14T10:01:03-04:00June 14th, 2022|Care & Management, Horse Health|

Your horse’s coat quality and color reflect his or her inner health. Coat color is primarily determined by genetics, although diet and care can also significantly impact coloration.

Top 8 Signs and Symptoms of Insulin Resistance (IR) in Horses – [List]

By |2022-06-10T16:30:37-04:00June 10th, 2022|Conditions|

Insulin resistance (IR) in horses describes a condition in which the body fails to properly respond to the hormone insulin. Impaired insulin response is the main feature of Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS). Horses with EMS do not metabolize sugars properly and have difficulty losing weight.

Chronic Progressive Lymphedema (CPL) in Horses – [Symptoms & Treatment]

By |2022-06-08T11:14:22-04:00June 8th, 2022|Conditions|

Chronic Progressive Lymphedema (CPL) is a condition that describes impaired lymph flow in the lower legs. Primarily observed in draft horse breeds, CPL causes swelling and skin inflammation on affected legs. Horses with the condition are also at risk of lesions and secondary bacterial and parasitic infections developing on their legs because of poor lymph flow.

Thrush in Horses: Causes, Signs & Treatment of this Hoof Infection

By |2022-06-14T08:17:47-04:00June 7th, 2022|Hoof Health|

Thrush describes an infection that develops in the frog of one or more of the horse's hooves, caused by a fungal or bacterial pathogen. Fusobacterium necrophorum is the bacterium most often associated with thrush infections. Hooves with frogs that have deep sulci are prone to becoming infected with pathogens that cause thrush.

Equine Motor Neuron Disease: Causes, Treatment & Vitamin E Supplementation

By |2022-07-06T08:44:32-04:00June 6th, 2022|Conditions|

Equine Motor Neuron Disease (EMND) is a disease that causes progressive damage to nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord of adult horses. The disease damages cells that are involved with muscle movement, rendering them dysfunctional and leading to muscle wasting.

Equine Anemia: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

By |2022-05-18T13:24:35-04:00May 18th, 2022|Conditions, Horse Health|

Equine anemia is a condition that significantly impacts the health and performance of horses. It is a reduced number of red blood cells in circulation. Horses with anemia typically experience low energy levels, elevated heart rate, poor coat quality, depression and loss of appetite.

What is Choke in Horses? [Signs, Treatment & Prevention]

By |2022-05-17T13:34:19-04:00May 17th, 2022|Conditions, Horse Health|

A medical condition necessitating urgent attention, equine choke refers to obstruction of the esophagus. The condition most frequently occurs due to rapid feed consumption and the subsequent lodging of feed or other matter in the esophagus.

Equine Anhidrosis: Causes, Signs and Treatment

By |2022-05-17T12:17:48-04:00May 17th, 2022|Conditions|

Equine anhidrosis is a performance-limiting condition that refers to the reduced ability to sweat in horses. The condition most frequently affects horses living in hot and humid climates. Anhidrosis occurs because the sweat glands fail to function normally when body temperature increases.

Rain Scald in Horses: A Common Bacterial Infection of the Skin

By |2022-04-29T13:47:59-04:00April 29th, 2022|Conditions|

Rain scald is a relatively common skin infection caused by the bacteria Dermatophilus congolensis. The infection often affects the skin on the back and rump of horses. Rain scald can develop when skin is exposed to excessive moisture which weakens and damages the skin.

Laminitis Recovery Plan for Horses: Rehabilitation, Prognosis & Exercise

By |2022-04-25T21:16:19-04:00April 25th, 2022|Horse Health|

Laminitis is a common but serious condition that involves separation of the laminae, which connects the coffin bone to the horse's hoof wall. A bout of laminitis can cause mild to severe pain in affected horses and result in lasting damage to the hooves.

Acute Laminitis in Horses – A Review of Treatments for the Condition

By |2022-05-18T10:20:38-04:00April 25th, 2022|Hoof Health, Horse Health|

Acute laminitis refers to the first few days of a laminitis episode during which clinical signs are observed. Laminitis is a painful condition that causes damage to the hoof laminae, which anchor the coffin bone to the hoof wall.

Pasture-Associated Laminitis: How to Keep your Horse Safe

By |2022-04-25T10:44:48-04:00April 25th, 2022|Conditions, Horse Health|

Pasture laminitis is a form of insulin-induced laminitis than can occur after horses have grazed on grasses and legumes that are high in non-structural carbohydrates (NSC). This condition causes pain and inflammation in the laminae of the hooves. If it is not treated promptly, it can progress to founder - a life-threatening condition that involves displacement of the coffin bone in the hoof capsule.

Emergency Protocol for Laminitis in Horses – Treatment & Prognosis

By |2022-04-25T09:21:45-04:00April 25th, 2022|Hoof Health, Horse Health|

If your horse is showing signs of acute laminitis, they require emergency veterinary attention and prompt treatment. Laminitis affects the soft structures of the equine hoof, known as the laminae, and can cause significant pain and lameness.