Get to know equine colic symptoms, learn the causes and how to prevent and treat horse colic. The health of your horse could depend on you and how quickly you spot the signs and whether you know what to do about horse colic
The Best Advice for How to Prevent Laminitis … If you have a laminitic horse or pony or one that is prone to laminitis, never allow your horse or pony to become overweight. Of course in a perfect equestrian world that would be easy, but in our imperfect horsey world it gets a little more complicated …
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
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
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
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
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
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
While walking, the horse with equine navicular disease tends to place its weight on the toe to avoid placing pressure on the heel area, which contains the inflamed navicular bone and bursa
Colic can be serious if you don’t know how to deal with it. Prevention as always is better than the cure and a little common sense coupled with a daily routine that suits your horse will reduce the risk of colic to a minimum
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
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.
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 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 …
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
The equine dentist will float your horses teeth (rasp or file the teeth) to even the surface of the teeth and ensure they are at the proper angle for comfortable eating and efficient digestion. This prevents unseen horse health problems developing
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
Should you buy a horse with equine sarcoids? Before you decide you need to understand what horse sarcoids are, the different types of sarcoids and how they can affect what you want to do with your horse. Buying a horse with sarcoids is also a major consideration …
Horsey people talk about horse bodies the way mechanics talk about cars, which is why knowing the correct equine terminology and equestrian terms is important. Learn to recognise the difference between a snip and a stripe or a sock and a stocking
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 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.
There are a wide range of commercial horse wormers on the market, all of which are available from both online and offline sources. But don’t just automatically choose the cheapest product. Instead use a little knowledge and put together a more effective de-worming program that will improve the health of your horse
You may indulge your horse in couture inspired pink rugs or decadent diamante bridles, but grooming is the way your horse wants you to repay the effort and affection your horse gives you. Good grooming is a basic horse care essential
Properly grooming a horse is essential particularly when your horse is stabled. Grooming not only picks up immediate problems that might become serious if left undetected, but also strengthens the bond between you and your horse
How you can measure a horse using a standard inch tape to calculate weight. Demonstrating how to measure height in hands high (hh) or centimetres (cm), using heart girth and body length. All important if you are to feed your horse correctly and provide the correct medication amounts
Estimating a horses age from teeth growth is an old nearly forgotten art that some horse owners take in their stride while others just wouldn’t have a clue where to start. Here’s what to look for including graphics that help you compare the teeth growth at each age
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 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 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.
Your horses feet perform several very important functions including supporting your horses weight, absorbing shock, resisting wear, providing traction, pumping blood and conducting moisture.