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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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
A horse’s chest conformation is important and defines what work the horse will be best suited to. A narrow chest can relate to undeveloped shoulder and neck muscles, a pigeon chest confirmation to horses with big, bulky chest muscles
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 …
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…
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
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
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
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
Some Locoweed species can have such a high alkaloid content that one Nevada species even poisoned the bees that were pollinating the plants.
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