Horse Hoof & Foot Care - hdr

The Horse Hoof and Equine Foot Care

Professional fully qualified farriers know more about the horse hoof and equine foot than any other individual. As a horse owner you should understand how your horses’ feet function and what you can do to keep them healthy. But, when it comes to care you should always seek the advice of a qualified farrier

Origin Of The Anglo Arab Horse Breed

By the end of the 18th century, once the English thoroughbred was established an idea developed that it could be possible to combine the skeletal mechanics and speed of the thoroughbred racehorse with the pure bred Arabian to produce the Anglo Arab Horse Breed

Natural Fly Spray Recipe

Try our natural homemade fly spray recipe

An organic homemade fly spray, a truly natural fly repellent that helps make sure you know what you are spraying on your horse. A horse care essential that will help save you some money while looking after you horse in the process

Equine Navicular in Horses

Treating Navicular in Horses

Treating navicular disease in horses is quite difficult but there are many ways to relieve the pain of navicular disease so that your horse can still live a relatively pain free existence and be able to continue on as normal

Symptoms of horse strangles

Equine Strangles: be aware of the symptoms & signs of strangles

Why should you know the symptoms and take horse strangles seriously. Well apart from the problems of long-term guttural pouch carriers, strangles recovered horses can shed Strep equi from their nose and in their saliva for up to 6 weeks following infection. Horses that have been infected with equine strangles should be isolated from other animals. Knowing the signs & symptoms will help you keep your horse safe

Horse Worms Life Cycle - The redworm in droppings

Learn the equine intestinal parasite or horse worms life cycle. Know your enemy ...

It’s up to you to make sure your worming program and de-wormers will eradicate equine intestinal parasites and your horses worms by learning the worms life cycle and using an effective worming program to keep your horse healthy. Intelligent worming can help but also make sure you don’t use the same horse wormer continually. Continual use of a single wormer will only increase the horse worms immunity

The symptoms of horse colic - click to download

What Causes Horse Colic and Why is Colic so Common in Horses?

Did you know there is an increased risk of your horse developing colic where you have a full time job, a hectic social life and a DIY stable environment but you don’t have sufficient hired help to maintain a high level of care, especially during the winter months. Good quality horse care is key to preventing horse colic

Checking lameness in horses

How can you tell if your horse is lame? Lameness checks ...

Unlike dogs, our horses can’t tell us when they are hurt. Dogs will whine or whimper to show distress, but your horse is a prey animal and prey animals don’t make any sounds to show they are weak or hurt. Just in case those nasty wolves & lions find out. So, it’s up to you, the horse owner, to check for signs of lameness in your horse.

Lupines &other plants toxic to horses

Lupines, Ragwort & Other plants toxic to horses & horse health

Studies by the Tufts University of Veterinary Medicine suggest that horses kept in stables or dirt paddocks are more likely to sample anything green and ingest plants toxic to horses’. Your horse can also accidentally ingest toxic plants and they can acquire a taste for some, such as acorns and ragwort dried in hay. Know what you need to keep away from you horse

Equine Laminitis Signs & Symptoms

Laminitis Symptoms and the signs to look out for ...

Equine laminitis doesn’t just affect fat ponies, it can be found in any horse prone to the condition. Spotting laminitis symptoms and knowing the difference between chronic laminitis and acute laminitis is important as by the time your horse adopts the classical laminitis stance, some damage has already been done to the sensitive laminae …

Horse Sarcoids Causes

What Causes Horse Sarcoids

A UK vet has quite possibly linked common face flies to the spread of sarcoids, but it is commonly thought that a papilloma virus (wart) is probably what causes horse sarcoids

Horse Strangles - Streptococcus equi

Prevent Equine Strangles on your livery yard or riding school

Several common sense measures can be taken to prevent strangles affecting horses at a livery yard or riding school. Prevention is better than cure and horse owners themselves should always be aware of strangles outbreaks in their area. You are responsible for your horse’s welfare and you should insist your livery yard or riding school take preventive measures

Getting Your Horse Fit for Work or Competition

Whether your intention is to simply hack out, compete at riding club shows or to progress up to advanced equine eventing, it is important that your horses’ fitness is increased in a gradual and consistent way. Slow and steady is the key to getting your horse fit for the job you want it to do.

The horse skeleton its important to horse owners

The Horse Skeleton & how your horse is put together

The horses skeleton provides support for its muscles; protection for the horse’s internal organs; and has enough mobility built into its various parts that the horse can move smoothly at differing speeds and still lie down, graze or do both at the same time.

Horse Worms & Equine Parasites

Dealing with Horse Worms & Equine Parasites

All you need to know to put together a simple but effective worming program for your horse. Horse worms should be taken seriously as equine parasites can seriously affect your horse’s health. Your horse’s environment, stable, yard and paddock should always be considered contaminated with worm eggs and larvae and you should treat accordingly.

Ragwort and Horse - A Poisonous Plant Toxic to Horses

Ragwort - A Poisonous Plant Toxic to Horses

Ragwort and Horses make for a poisonous combination. Most horses will avoid ragwort as long as they have access to good grazing but overgrazed or poached pasture not only keeps your horse hungry it also encourages the spread of ragwort. So, how do you deal with this poisonous plant that’s so toxic to horses?

Equine Strangles - Facts on Streptococcus Equi

Horse Strangles, Symptoms Cause & Treatment

Equine or horse strangles is one of the most infectious equine diseases, the bacterium enters the horses lymph glands via its respiratory tract and can live in the guttural pouch. The lymph nodes swell and can rupture, shedding the strangles bacteria into the environment. It’s possible the strangles bacteria can survive in water for at least four weeks and for up to eight weeks on horse tack and wooden fencing.