UHN: The Latest Happenings!

The second issue of UHN: The Latest Happenings! has the same great features as the first, and I hope you enjoy them.

As usual, do not be afraid to give me feedback...you can either use the contact form on UHN or you can reply to the email that sends you the UHN: The Latest Happenings! notice.

I am thinking about adding some features starting with the next issue, and I'd like your feedback about them. Features I am thinking about are:

  • Discussion board -- I ask a question, you send me your answers, and I compile the answers in the next issue
  • Horse of the Month -- you send me your horse pictures, and each month, one is featured with a small story about him/her
So, let me know what you think about these ideas, and let me know if you have any other things you think should be included!

November 25, 2008 -- Issue #002

In today's issue, you'll find all the usual information:

Last month the question was:

Which mineral in your horse's diet has the same symptoms
for both a toxicity and deficiency?

And the answer is: IODINE!

Both a deficiency and an excess of iodine in your horse's diet create a deficiency in the thyroid hormones T3 and T4. As a result, both cases cause increased TSH production, which eventually leads to an enlarged thyroid gland, a condition known as goiter.

To read more about iodine, check out its page on UHN: Iodine Page

Today's quiz question is:

Which horse disease has four
distinctive, progressive stages?

If you are super curious (like me!), you can find the answer somewhere on UHN...

...or if you are patient, the answer will be published in next month's newsletter.

There are a number of new pages on UHN this month:

THE must-see page this month is the feed tag conversions page. So many owners base their decisions about what feed to buy on the percentage of this or that in the feed (usually protein). However, when you look past the percentages to how much protein each feed actually provides, you'd be surprised at some of the answers!

The page guides you through these conversions step-by-step using two feeds currently on the market: Purina's Strategy and Purina's Enrich32.

This is definitely a page you don't want to miss!


All of our Canadian readers will be happy to hear that I have finally found the specific product names of a few ration balancers in Canada!

So, if you're interested in feeding ration balancers and you live in Canada, you can now visit the Canadian Products Page to find a list of products.

Likewise, if you are feeding a product that is not on the list and you think it should be, PLEASE send me the feed name and company name (there is a form on the bottom of that page) so I can update the list and help other readers!


Other pages that have also been added this month:

Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM or EPSM) discusses this common disease and how to easily manage it through diet and exercise.

Nutritional Secondary Hyperparathyroidism (NSH) discusses the signs and symptoms of this disease that affects young horses and can be prevented by ensuring a balanced calcium:phosphorus ratio.

HYPP discusses this genetic disease and how it can be managed through nutrition. This page also discusses what the disease does, and how it can be passed on from parent to offspring.

Enterolithiasis discusses the disease caused by formation of intestinal calculi, and how it can be managed and prevented by diet and exercise.

Poisonous Plants talks about plants that are poisonous to horses. Many of these plants are very common and look pretty innocent, but can be deadly to horses. Each plant has its own page with pictures, a description of the plant and where it is found, and why it is toxic and the toxicity symptoms.

Toxin Suspected in North Carolina Horse Deaths
By: Liz Brown

Veterinarians are trying to determine the cause of an illness that has killed four horses in Fairview, N.C., since last Thursday.

Affected horses show a rapid deterioration in muscle condition. Other clinical signs include lethargy, shaking, dark urine, sweating, and stiff muscles. The last horse died on Monday. The four horses lived on two separate farms, across a creek from each other.

Richard Oliver, DVM, of the Western North Carolina Diagnostic Laboratory, who has been working on the case, suspects the illness is caused by a toxin. There are two sources he thinks are most likely...

For the full story, check out TheHorse.com News Article
(If you are not a member, you'll have to sign up for a free membership to read the article)

Last month's poll question was:

Is there a hay shortage in your area?

Most of our readers must live in areas that weren't affected by droughts, since 75% did not suffer from hay shortages. However, there were a few comments about the fact that hay prices are significantly increased over the last year or so.


This month I've been doing a lot of work on the poisonous plants page, so that led me to this month's poll question:

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.

Please enter the word that you see below.


Results will be published in next month's issue of UHN: The Latest Happenings!

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