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Equine Disease Communication Center

The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) works to protect horses and the horse industry from the threat of infectious diseases in North America. The communication system is designed to seek and report real time information about disease outbreaks similar to how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerts the human population about diseases in people. The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) works to protect horses and the horse industry from the threat of infectious diseases in North America.
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American Association of Equine Practitioners

The AAEP is the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to equine veterinary medicine and is a leading medical authority on the health and welfare of the horse. From pleasure horses to elite equine athletes, the AAEP and its nearly 10,000 members work to raise the standard of horse health for all breeds and disciplines.
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Horse Racing Industry In Iowa Is Stronger Than Ever Before

The horse industry in Iowa is growing faster than ever before. From activities surrounding horse breeding, showing, racing, housing, training, riding and care, it employs more than 2,100 people and accounts for millions in revenue each year. The economic impact from horse breeding and owning is doing much to support our state’s ag-centric economy, and we need you to play an important part in making this message heard.

Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center | Iowa State University

Iowa State University has been a leader in veterinary medical education throughout its history. It holds the distinction of organizing our country's first public veterinary college. Since its founding in 1879, the College of Veterinary Medicine has evolved into a major teaching, research and service center for the state of Iowa and beyond. 
 The depth of expertise found in Iowa State's Veterinary Medical Center is not found anywhere else in the state.
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Dr. Peggy A M. Auwerda

Peggy M. Auwerda
Associate Professor
Equine Extension and Outreach Specialist
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Equine

Increase Hay Intake for Winter

Cold temperatures combined with wet, snowy and windy conditions increase the feed requirements necessary to maintain the body condition in horses. Extra calories are necessary to meet the energy requirements necessary for keeping warm. The best way to meet the increased energy requirements if feeding more good quality hay

The Body Condition Score

The body condition of horses based on the degree of fat cover is a good indicator of a horse’s general health. The body condition score (BCS) allows one to access if the horse is too thin, too fat, or about right. Horses are scored on a scale from 1 (poor) to 9 (extremely fat)

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