Category: Caring for your horse

Worms – a wriggly problem

Every horse owner has heard about the danger of worms but without some knowledge it is hard to understand the full impact of a worm infestation …

Worm control

Every horse owner has heard about the danger of worms but without some knowledge it is hard …

Weight loss

Horses usually maintain a good body condition if offered a good quality diet of hay and pasture. Young horses or horses in hard work may require …

Vaccination protocols and safety

Development of vaccinations has resulted in there being protection available for an increasing number of infectious diseases in horses. Recently …

Vaccinating your horse

Horses are susceptible to a number of serious infectious diseases, e.g. influenza (flu). Fortunately, vaccines are available for some of these …

Sheath washing – to wash, or not to wash!

Regular washing of a gelding or stallion’s sheath and penis is something that horse owners debate on a regular basis. The following information …

Senior horse care

It’s not only humans that are living longer our horses are too! Improvements in diet, management and veterinary care mean that horses and …

Saying goodbye – options for euthanasia

This is a very sensitive subject but it is important for you to be aware of the reasons for …

Routine health care

We are all familiar with the phrase “A healthy horse is a happy horse” – but there is probably also something to be said for …

Poisonous plants – what to look out for

Many plants that are poisonous to horses cause neurological and liver damage, which can be life-threatening. Unless you have a good general knowledge …

Operations: caring for your horse before and after surgery

There may be an occasion when your horse will need to undergo surgery, this may be for emergency or for an elective procedure such as castration. …

Nosebleed (epistaxis)

Epistaxis means bleeding from the nose and is relatively common in horses. If your horse has a nosebleed dont panic! The nasal passages are full …

Normal parameters and vital signs

Knowing what your horses normal vital signs are is very important as these can be a very good indicator of how your horse is feeling and if he …

Identification – keeping your horse safe

Owning a horse is a big responsibility and just like any pet, they soon become part of the family and it would be terrible if they got lost or …

Eye problems

The horse’s eye is large and lies in a prominent and somewhat unprotected position in the skull. Given the horse’s propensity of flight …

Exercise intolerance/poor performance testing

If your horse isn’t performing to the best of its ability, there may be an underlying …

Equine Cushing’s disease

Equine Cushing’s disease is a condition of senior horses (over 15 years of age) of all types – ponies commonly seem to be predisposed …

Emergencies – when to call the vet

Every owner will at some time have to deal with an emergency involving their horse. It is …

Coping with the loss of a pet

Pets often become beloved members of the family, and when they die, the loss can be very traumatic. From hamsters, to cats, dogs, horses and everything …

Choosing a vet for your horse

Everyone who owns a pet will, at some point, need to take it to see a vet, whether it be for …

Basic equine anatomy

If you own a horse it is useful to have a basic understanding of the horse’s anatomy. …

Bandaging – the do’s and don’t’s

There may be a number of occasions when you will need to bandage your horse’s legs. Bandaging can be used for protection, support and injury. …

Azoturia – ‘Tying-up’

Azoturia is popularly known as ‘Tying-up’ but it is also known as ‘Set fast’, ‘Monday morning disease’ and …

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