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

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

Treating Sweet Itch & Sweet itch causes

Treating Sweet Itch & Avoiding Sweet itch causes

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

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

Azoturia or Tying Up - urine a dark red color

Equine Azoturia also called Tying Up can be a serious problem

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

Yellow Star Thistle - Toxic to Horses

Yellow Star Thistle or Russian knapweed is Toxic to Horses

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.

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

Treating Navicular in Horses

Treating navicular disease in horses is quite difficult and relies on the horse owner making decisions on the type of life they wish their horse to lead. Any recommended treatment will follow one of two paths; the conventional methods or …

What are the Equine Navicular Symptoms?

Rather than check for navicular symptoms themselves, most horse owners consult their vet after they’ve seen a steady loss of performance in their horse. The horse may have shown a shortened stride, some forelimb stiffness, be shifting weight from one …

KC La Pierre and the Holistic View of Equine Navicular

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

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

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