Health Factsheets

Annual Rye Grass Toxicity in Horses

Background Annual ryegrass toxicity (ARGT) is a serious and increasingly more common toxicity of horses that consume…

Top 10 Equine Emergencies

1. Colic What it is: Your horse is showing signs of abdominal pain. What you’ll see: Your…

Management of the Rescue Horse

The presentation of horses and ponies in thin or emaciated states is highly emotive. However, extreme loss…

Update : Sand Colic

A recent (2019) study conducted in Finland examined the association between the presence and size of intestinal…

Equine Sarcoids

The equine sarcoid is by far the most common skin tumour of horses, and we still have…

Managing Equine Wounds

If you’ve been around horses for some time, you’ll know that wounds and horses unfortunately go hand-in-hand….

Colic in Donkeys

The stoic nature of the donkey means that signs of colic are usually less dramatic than those…

Hyperlipemia

Equine obesity is becoming all too common amongst horses, ponies and donkeys…BUT weight loss does not equal…

Donkey Metabolic Syndrome

Endocrine and metabolic diseases are frequent in donkeys. Because of their efficient energy use, obesity is frequent…

Horses & Bushfires

We are in bushfire season. The greatest danger for fires in the southwest of WA is between…

Preparing for a Safe & Successful Foal Delivery

If your mare has made it through 11 months of pregnancy, you’re almost home free. Labor and…

Recognizing Critical Illness in Foals: Is He Sick, or Just Napping?

Few things in nature are more inspiring than new foals frolicking around their mothers on a crisp…

Parturition & The Newborn Foal

Identifying the Signs of Impending Parturition The normal gestation period of mares varies from 320 to 360…

Help Your Mare Have a Safe Delivery

If your mare has made it through 11 months of pregnancy, you’re almost home free. Labor and…

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…

11 Simple Rules for Deworming Your Horse

Access Our FREE Fecal Egg Count Starter Guide today! We understand that change can be hard, especially…

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 in Horses

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)

Pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), commonly known as Cushing’s disease, is one of the most common endocrine…

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…

Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome

Recent publications have cast light on the marked differences between diseases in the squamous and glandular regions…

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 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…