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Horsekeeping: 7 Things to Consider if Your Horse is Overweight

The horses at the South Florida SPCA rescue ranch most often come to us severely underfed, scoring usually between 1 and 3 on the Henneke Body Condition scale. But the average pleasure horse can have a different problem than Defense Team, a recent arrival. Instead, being overweight is the problem. This can be especially true of…

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Susie Shines & Justice Prevails at SFSPCA Rescue Ranch

The quick staccato beat of hooves and a flash of white were immediately followed by bemused exasperation – Susie saw the partial opening of her stall as it was being cleaned and decided to make a break for it. Running and romping in the stable yard, she looked like any other recently-freed horse, but Susie…

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Monroe Sheriff’s Office Sticking with Bam Bam!

The mini-but-mighty cute Bam Bam, rescued by South Florida SPCA and now living at Monroe County Sheriff’s Animal Farm in Key West, recently received acupuncture treatments to help with his inability to sweat and other health issues. The condition, called “Anhidrosis,” was treated by Dr. Geraldine Diethelm and intern Dr. Emily of the Marathon Veterinary Hospital. They…

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Keeping Your Horse Healthy – A Checklist

The South Florida S.P.C.A.’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and adopt horses and other large livestock, but also to educate and advocate for their health and well-being. Keeping a horse healthy or recognizing when one isn’t is essential, whether it’s yours or belonging to someone else. Below is a checklist from Equine Wellness Magazine to…