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 Places to see while visiting or living in Ocala
This area includes attractions such as Silver Springs - Nature's Theme Park, No matter what your age, there are plenty of rides and attractions at Silver Springs that will make you laugh, fill you with wonder, and provide a glimpse into what life was like here more than 10,000 years ago. Just as they did then, the springs pump out 550 million gallons of sparkling-clear water a day—enough to supply the entire city of New York. Surrounding the springs is a marvelous diversity of animals and nature you simply won’t find anywhere else.
 Interesting facts about OCALA, FLORIDA
In 1995, Ocala was named an All-America City Award winner. Ocala is a city in Marion County, Florida, United States. As of 2007, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 53,491. It is the county seat of Marion County, and the principal city of the Ocala, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had an estimated 2007 population of 324,857 Ocala area experienced one of the highest growth rates in the country for a city its size.
 What is a Coggins test and why should I have one done on my horse?
The coggins test is a blood test used to diagnose the disease Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) sometimes called swamp fever. EIA is a viral disease of horses and other Equidae such as ponies, mules, and donkeys. Once infected, the animal is infected for life.
 Antibiotics-How Do They Effect Digestion?
Doctors, whether DVM's or MD's, are often faced with a case that includes some type of infection, and when we do the word antibiotics immediately comes to mind. So, of course we reach for the bottle or the prescription pad and get the therapy "rolling"; right? Well, many times it's not quite that simple. There are many considerations in this decision when it comes to the horse as a patient. As veterinarians, we consider the implications of antibiotic resistance, the overall health status of the horse, and the effects that antibiotics will have on the digestive system.
 Colic - What Are the Causes?
Equine colic is the term used for abdominal distress that horses commonly encounter. The incidence of horse colic is quite high. It is estimated that 10-11% of the horse population undergoes a bout of colic every year.
 Hocks: A Pain in the Rear?
Many horses that exhibit hind - end weakness and/or lameness may be having pain associated with the hock. The hock is the large joint located between the stifle and fetlock. The hock receives a tremendous amount of the load during motion, providing propulsion along with the stifle. Therefore, this hard working joint is the most common site for rear limb stress.
 Sand and Colic
Equine Colic is the most common medical ailment in the horse. Over the past 25 years there have been great strides in both the prevention and treatment of equine colic. Improvements in deworming products and schedules, equine dentistry, and management practices have helped to reduce the number of horse colic cases. Advances in veterinary knowledge and the development of new drugs and surgical techniques have helped to improve the survival rate for horses suffering with equine colic. Still today, each year 10-11% of the horse population suffers from colic.
 Soft Tissue Injuries in the Equine Athlete
Soft tissues make up the connections between the bones and provide the power to move the skeletal system. Soft tissue is primarily made up of strong fibers called collagen. Collagen fibers in tendons are tightly arranged in parallel bundles, whereas skin collagen is loosely arranged. Injuries that cause lameness in horses that are soft tissue in origin primarily occur in the tendons and ligaments of the lower limbs.
 Cold Weather and Feed Requirements
Anyone who has managed animals in cold weather understands that cold stress affects nutritional needs. Horses will use extra energy stored in the body to maintain body temperature when temperatures are cold. The long-term affect is loss of body weight, which can be quick and dramatic if adequate nutrition is not supplied.
 Taking care of a horse
In the care and keeping of horses, it is necessary to have a variety of standard horse supplies at the ready in order to responsibly fulfill our duties as horse owners or caregivers. While fundamental needs such as quality food, adequate water, and comfortable shelter are obvious, there are additional supplies that are absolutely essential to the health and functionality of the horse in question and they are classified by the physical care for the horse and utilization of the horse's abilities. Click here to read more.
 History of Marion county
Pioneers in Marion County came to the area for free land offered under the Armed Occupation Act during the 1840s. Six military roads converged on Fort King, making it an obvious meeting place. Soon a store, a post office, the county's first courthouse, and a church sprang up near the fort.... Click here to read more
 10 Tips for Vaccinating Your Horse
All horses should be vaccinated for diseases that they are most likely to be exposed to, including: tetanus and the encephalitis viruses (Eastern Equine, Western Equine, West Nile, and rabies [in rabies endemic areas])... click here to read more.
 Fun Facts
Did you know Marion County has over 1,200 horse farms and training centers; is represented by more than 45 different equine breeds; employs nearly 30,000 residents in the Thoroughbred industry; ... Click here to read more