Health Factsheets

PINWORMS – literally a pain in the butt!

Any horse owner who has watched their horse rub it’s backside raw will tell you how frustrating…

DEWORMING TIPS FOR HORSE OWNERS

We understand that change can be hard, especially for horse owners. We are used to following management…

Tetanus in Horses

Tetanus is a highly fatal disease caused by the toxin, tetanospasmin from the bacteria Clostridium tetani. Clostridium…

HOW DONKEYS ARE DIFFERENT

Donkeys have distinct variations from the horse and every owner should be aware of these differences. The…

3 SIGNS THAT YOUR HORSE HAS SAND

Horses will naturally pick up small amounts of dirt when grazing on the sandy soils of Western…

HOW-TO : TEST YOUR HORSE FOR SAND

Testing your horse’s manure for the presence of sand is a simple procedure that may provide you…

TYING-UP IN HORSES

Tying-up is a syndrome which has many potential causes. In recent years, some common beliefs about tying-up…

SNAKE BITE IN HORSES

The effects of a snake bite on your horse depends on the a number of factors :…

SUMMER SORES / HABRONEMA

WHAT CAUSES SUMMER SORES ? Habronema muscae are stomach worms found in horses. The worms generate eggs…

DON’T SKIP THE PRE-PURCHASE EXAM

Owning a horse can be a big investment in time, money and emotion. Unfortunately, horses seldom come…

FEEDING BEET PULP TO YOUR HORSE

What is Beet Pulp ? Beet pulp is the fibrous material left over after the sugar is…

SOUNDNESS STARTS IN THE FOOT

Many musculoskeletal injuries can be minimized or even prevented with good farriery. Hoof and shoe imbalances are…

LAMINITIS

What is Laminitis ? Laminitis (inflammation of the lamina of the hoof) is a common and potentially…

BRINGING A HORSE BACK INTO WORK

A rational and conservative protocol for bringing a horse back into work after a break is imperative…

EQUINE PPID (CUSHING’S DISEASE)

Horses which are suffering from PPID can show a wide range of clinical signs, all of which…

10 TIPS ON CARING FOR THE OLDER HORSE

Advances in nutrition, management and health care are helping horses are live longer, more useful lives. It’s not uncommon…

GASTRIC ULCERS IN HORSES

Equine gastric ulcer syndrome is a common condition in horses and foals. While any horse can develop…

HELP YOUR FOAL GROW WITH THE PROPER NUTRITION

  A healthy foal will grow steadily – gaining in height, weight and strength almost before your…

10 POINT POST-NATAL CHECKLIST

A thorough veterinary examination will help detect any abnormalities so that they may be treated promptly.   The…

FOALING DOWN KIT CHECKLIST

  YOUR VET’S NUMBER. Always have this handy so you can call immediately if you suspect a…

ESOPHAGEAL OBSTRUCTION (CHOKE)

What is choke ? Choke occurs when the esophagus is blocked by a bolus of feed material….

EQUINE METABOLIC SYNDROME

WHAT IS EQUINE METABOLIC SYNDROME ? Equine metabolic syndrome is a widely recognised collection of risk factors…

EMERGENCIES – WHEN TO CALL THE VET

WHEN TO CALL THE VET   Call the Vet Immediately for : Persistent bleeding from a wound…

DEWORMING – WHAT IS STRATEGIC DEWORMING

STRATEGIC DEWORMING “20% of horses account for 80% of the parasite eggs shed onto pasture”   WHAT…

COLIC – TIPS TO PREVENT COLIC

TIPS FOR PREVENTING COLIC Feed a well – balanced diet to suit the age and energy requirements…