Rain Scald and Mud fever can cause painful sores and scabs on your horses heels. Mud fever is the name of a common equine skin complaint, Pastern Dermatitis, that affects many horses and ponies during the winter and early spring months. It can be difficult to treat and can be very painful, sometimes causing lameness in your horse. So here’s what you can do to prevent or treat it?
Stay calm and try to walk your horse and distract him from the pain when he’s trying to roll or thrash about. Your vet is your best source of treatment for horse colic and your job is to assist your horse and make it as comfortable as possible until you can have your vet treat your horse. There are some things you can do but mainly you should trust your vet to help your horse
The fly or midge most commonly involved in causing equine sweet itch is the Culicoides pulicaris midge and although most horses and ponies show no reaction to it, horses that suffer from sweet itch develop an allergy to the bites. Prevention is better than cure and good quality fly rugs are essential
Horse sarcoids are notoriously difficult to treat and various treatment options are available. Most however are dependent on the type and location of the sarcoid. Options range from do nothing to Surgical Excision, Cryosurgery, Electrocautery, Hyperthermia and even Chemotherapy …
Out think your horse with a little patient brainwashing. Use our worming made easy trick to ensure a stress free worming day. All it takes is a little patience and some apple juice.
The first sign of laminitic symptoms from a dietary cause will usually appear within 24 to 48 hrs. The horse may adopt the classic horse laminitis stance, with its hind feet placed up under its belly. Laminitis can be a very serious equine condition and all horse owners should be aware of the signs causes & treatment of horse laminitis
Essential Horse Health advice, horse care and horse facts. What are strangles? What are sarcoids? How do I check my horses conformation? How do I tell my horses age? Your horse’s health should a top priority, because our equine friends rely on us for care and attention when they need it
Laminitis is really a nutritional problem and it is possible to help your horse a lot by using nutritional supplements. Managing feeds properly and incorporating a liver tonic can help improve equine digestion. A good quality liver tonic will support the way the body deals with toxins that are circulating around the body
Equine Navicular syndrome also known as Caudal Heel Syndrome is a serious problem with horse hooves and can badly affect a horses performance. If your horses hooves are not properly cared for the navicular bone can become immobile, which can result in poor blood flow within the hoof and ultimately, permanent lameness …
When your horses food isn’t broken down properly acids and toxins are produced which can affect the sensitive laminae in the hoof and foot. Swelling or inflammation of the hoof laminae mean it can’t hold the pedal bone in place and this can cause severe pain …
Any horse suspected of suffering from strangles should be isolated from all other horses and veterinary advice should be sought immediately, but there are things you can do for your horse, to make it comfortable and ensure it has the best chance of recovering from a strangles infection
Your horse’s respiratory system is so highly specialised and suited for athletic exercise that even the smallest problem can limit its ability to perform. The harder your horse works the more oxygen it needs and the more air it must move into and out of its respiratory tract
Mares Tail is a Herbaceous, perennial, leafless plant with a hollow stem that readily separates at the nodes. Horses suspected of mares tail poisoning should immediately be taken off the hay or pasture containing the Equisetum and fed a nutritious diet.
Some General guidelines on caring for a horse and pointers for those of you thinking of buying a horse. Owning a horse can be a very rewarding experience but, it means that you have accepted the responsibility of caring for your horse, for as long as it is a part of your life
Treating Sweet Itch and the causes of this seasonal allergic skin condition caused by fly bites. The fly or midge most commonly involved is the Culicoides pulicaris midge. Most horses and ponies show no reaction but some horses can develop an allergy to the bites
Your horse will love these tasty healthy homemade horse treats. They contain nothing artificial and have tons of wholesome goodness. We’ve included a warm and tasty recipe for winter and a cool recipe for summer horse treats
Found in the semi-arid regions of Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California the Fiddleneck category of plants, which include tarweed, yellow burr weed, fireweed and buckthorn, can cause cirrhosis of the liver in horses. To maintain good horse health you must avoid pasture containing these toxic plants
Most cases of equine azoturia (tying-up) are not that severe. They usually present as a horse that has been off work for several days and is then returned to work and exercised aggressively. During the ride (or sometimes just when you stop) the horse’s stride will shorten and they cramp up. It can be serious if nothing is done to correct the problem
An Alternative Treatment for Equine Navicular Disease is Applied Equine Podiatry. When presented with a horse diagnosed with navicular disease, it is imperative to evaluate the foot structure.
Horses and ponies need regular checking by a qualified equine dentist. Without correct dental care, horse teeth problems can lead to behavioural problems, lack of performance and loss of condition
Ingesting the toxins in Yellow Star Thistle will cause chewing disease and actually cause a softening of some parts of the equine brain, it’s a disease that damages the brain and prevents the horse from eating. There is no recovery and once symptoms appear the horse will almost certainly die.
Horse Rescue Centres dedicated to rescueing horses from cruelty, neglect, abuse and harm. To rejuvenate, rehabilitate and rehome to an environment where those horses can spend the rest of their natural lives happy, healthy and content
Your horses health is important. Make sure you keep your horse in good health by getting into the routine of doing a daily horse health check. Here are six checks you should build into your daily routine to ensure your horse stays healthy
Your horse can suffer from a wide variety of injuries and ailments, but horse colic is the most common winter health hazard affecting domestic horse’s. Make sure you know how to spot the symptoms
The Holistic View of Equine Navicular embraces several principles, theorems, and philosophies. At its foundation is the belief that structure plus function equals performance. As new research provides evidence that there are multiple causes of the lameness associated with equine navicular disease, isn’t it logical that a series of connected events may have led to the condition
Conventional veterinary medicine defines equine navicular disease as a single disease. It views navicular disease as chronic forelimb lameness associated with pain originating from the distal sesamoid – navicular bone. But it’s not the only way to look at it…
All parts of the poison hemlock plant including spotted hemlock, poison parsley, European hemlock, California fern and Nebraska fern are poisonous. In serious cases death can occur within ten hours of the onset of symptoms due to respiratory paralysis.
If your vet or farrier recommends surgery for equine navicular then Posterior Digital Neurectomy may be the only option for your horse especially if it has long-standing navicular syndrome and other alternatives have not alleviated your horses pain
Some Locoweed species can have such a high alkaloid content that one Nevada species even poisoned the bees that were pollinating the plants.
Whatever the problem with your horse Dr Ray Smith can sort it out. Equine Back muscle or joint problems and equine therapy for your horse
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