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    Download This App to Track the Health of Your Horses

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Several factors should be monitored in order to assess the wellbeing of your horses. Thanks to a clever smartphone app, keeping up on these vital signs and veterinarian appointments is easier than ever.

    The Horse Keeper app for iOS devices lets you create a database of your horse’s weight, health history, breed, parentage, and other details. With a contact list of your horses’ veterinarians, dentists, and trainers, which also links to your device’s email application, this app is invaluable for people who truly care about the health of their horses.

    Not only can this smartphone app help keep your horse healthy and strong, but an automatic horse waterer can also contribute to a full, healthy life for your horse. For information on how an automatic horse waterer can give your horse access to fresh water 24/7, call Bar-Bar-A at (888) 833-9821.

    Learn the Signs of Respiratory Horse Allergies and Prevention Tips Here!

    Last updated 2 years ago

    A respiratory allergy can be a dangerous and potentially deadly condition for a horse to develop. Learn about the environmental risk factors, symptoms, signs, and treatments of equine respiratory allergies and promoting horse health with an automatic horse waterer below.

    Horses at Risk for Respiratory Allergies
    Although no horse is exempt from developing a respiratory condition that inflames the lungs and restricts the airways, horses that are six years or older are more at risk than other horses. Horses who live, work, or train in cold weather conditions are also known to be more susceptible.

    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
    Equine Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is commonly known by several different names, including heaves, broken wind, and equine asthma. Similar to asthma in humans, equine asthma is a progressive illness caused by hypersensitivity to pollens, molds, fungal spores, and other allergens. If untreated, the horse can suffer from decreased performance and possibly death. Treatments are designed to remove the horse’s hypersensitive reaction to allergens and reduce lung inflammation.

    Signs of Equine Respiratory Allergies
    Symptoms include a nasal mucus discharge and a narrowing of the lung’s airways. Heaving can occur as well, along with a chronic cough and forced expiration. Other signs of respiratory problems include poor performance, fatigue, long recuperation times after exercise, increased breathing rates, and wheezing.

    Prevention of COPD and other Respiratory Allergies
    Make sure your barn or stable area is well ventilated, keeping doors and windows open as much as possible. Access to fresh air and frequent removal of damp or soiled bedding reduce a horse’s risk of developing respiratory allergies. Keep your feeds as clean as possible; while cleaning out the stall, put horses on an outdoor run until all dust settles. For a horse already suffering from COPD, avoid exercise in dusty conditions or extreme cold to discourage aggravation of symptoms. Conventional medical treatments include anti-inflammatory steroids and bronchodilators to reduce muscle spasms.

    To keep your horse’s drinking water free from algae growth and as clean as possible all year round, contact Bar-Bar-A. Our electricity-free livestock waterers offer a safe and hygienic alternative to other automatic horse waterer systems on the market. Call us today at (888) 833-9821 for more information.

    Want to Know More about Horse Allergies? Check Out These Resources!

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Allergies in horses may be caused by a number of triggers and can lead to a range of uncomfortable symptoms. If you would like to learn more about the causes and symptoms of equine allergies, take a look at the resources below. To learn more about the automatic horse waterer systems developed by Bar-Bar-A, call us today at (888) 833-9821.

    Common Causes of Allergies in Horses

    Last updated 2 years ago

    If you own a horse, maintaining your horse’s health is likely to be one of your primary concerns. Equine allergies can cause a number of uncomfortable and even life-threatening problems for horses. Continue reading to learn about common causes of allergies in horses and how an automatic horse waterer can address some sources of allergens.

    • Pollen
      Like humans, horses often have seasonal allergies that are related to pollen. As the seasons change, different plants release pollen as part of their reproductive cycles. A horse’s immune system may treat inhaled pollen as a harmful foreign body, leading your horse to develop an allergic reaction.
       
    • Spores
      Another common cause of allergies in horses is mold and fungal spores. These spores have a tendency to grow in dark, damp places and can cause a range of problems for horses. A horse may develop an allergic reaction by inhaling or ingesting spores from mold or fungus. An automatic water trough prevents water from stagnating, thereby preventing potentially harmful mold growth.
       
    • Insect Bites
      Many horses develop an allergic reaction to the saliva of biting insects, such as midges, mosquitoes, and horse flies. These insects bite horses to feed on blood and secrete a small amount of saliva into the wound. Horses most often exhibit allergic reactions to insect bites in the warm months of summer when these insects are most abundant.
       
    • Food
      It is possible for your horse to develop an allergic reaction to food. If your horse has an allergy to mold or fungal spores, ingesting spores that have grown in hay can produce an allergic reaction. Some horses are also allergic to the high amounts of protein found in certain varieties of horse feed.
       
    • Medications
      Different types of medications, including vaccines and antibiotics, can trigger an allergic reaction in horses. If a horse reacts negatively to a type of medication, it is important to consult a veterinarian about your options for future medical treatments.

    Providing your horse with a constant source of fresh water can help prevent mosquitoes and mold spores from invading horse stalls and pens. You can accomplish this by using the automatic horse waterer from Bar-Bar-A, which eliminate stagnant drinking water. To learn more, call Bar-Bar-A today at (888) 833-9821.

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