Lyme Side Effect, Part I

Researching the Lyme article provided some new perspective into: How the animal science business at universities is still business. How beating down the disease can have a crippling side effect. First, the business side effect: Cornell University and the University of Connecticut are obviously affiliated […]

Lyme Side Effect, Part II

CVMDL Director Sandy Bushmich reminded me of a rare phenomenon affecting about one percent of Lyme equine patients, she said. Read Lyme article. Read Part I. It’s called the Herxheimer effect. (Named after Karl Herxheimer, a German doctor who discovered it while developing a treatment […]


By Maddy Butcher Lyme disease cycle in bug terms: Egg Larva Nymph Adult Repeat Lyme disease cycle in horse owner terms: Pain. Expense. Frustration. Confusion. Repeat. It’s hard to believe such a tiny organism (Borrelia burdorferi), hosted by a larger but still tiny organism (deer […]

Summer fun: snakes and ticks

Back East, ticks give me the heebie-jeebies. They and the linked prospect of getting Lyme Disease, represent one of the biggest impediments to carefree outings. Here in Colorado during the summer months, it’s rattlesnakes. The possibility of harm and crisis – for horses, humans, and […]

Looking back, looking ahead

2013 was a heckuva year for NickerNews and BestHorsePractices. It started last winter with a bang. Two bangs, actually. The first came with NickerNews’ nomination for Best Blog in the Equestrian Social Media Awards. The ESMAs featured an international field with most bloggers commercially backed. […]

Practice Reviews

Improve your horsemanship and ownership by reading more practice-oriented articles. Check out these critically acclaimed features: Helmet Use Colic Hoof Abscesses Ownership Care Continuum Vision & Head Restraint More on Vision Cons of Comfort Bolting Bombproof or Shutdown? Foal Imprinting Lyme Disease Acupuncture Deworming Horsenality […]