Tag: horse care

23 Oct 2020
Woman walking horse in autumn light

Prep List: Horse Care from Autumn into Winter

  Forward thinking has long been the saviour of many pole explorers and horse owners. Autumn lends itself to considering our current horse care practices and how to amend these as we go into winter. Of course, challenges vary at the same rhythm as the weather and having less daylight hours to deal with these, […]

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07 Oct 2020
horse lip curl with woman's hand

Signs of Colic in Horses That May Be Missed

  Signs of colic may differ from horse to horse according to the severity of the colic episode. However, these are the signs that should alert any horse owner: Kicking or biting at the belly Frequent lying-down and getting up, restlessness Positioning to urinate with no output Pawing at the ground Lip curling Teeth grinding […]

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06 Oct 2020
woman's hand on horse's face

7 Types of Colic in Horses

There are 7 different types of colic that you need to be aware of. The differentiating factor between these types of colic, is the cause of the abdominal pain.   1. Displacement Colic This is not a very common form of colic, and highly dangerous if not diagnosed in time. With displacement colic, the intestine […]

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02 Oct 2020
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The Cost of Owning a Horse in the UK in 2020

A great many things have changed in 2020.  But how about the cost of owning a horse – in the UK? Horse owners were invited to volunteer their individual costs for a number of expenses: Horse health care – Farrier, vaccines, injections, medication, supplements, etc. Competitions – Entry fees, travel costs, etc. Riding gear – […]

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22 Nov 2019
dressage rider on chestnut horse

Elite Equine and Using Poultices in Treating Inflammation

For centuries man has effectively been treating Inflammation, itching and pain by grinding up plants and herbs, forming them into poultices, and applying it to affected areas of the body.  The same results have been found in the treatment of horses. A poultice is used to draw out infection, reduce inflammation, ease bruising and cleanse […]

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08 Nov 2019

Elite Equine and Lameness in Horses

Steven B. Adams, DVM, from the School of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, sheds some light on this easily overlooked condition: “Lameness is defined as an abnormal stance or gait caused by either a structural or a functional disorder of the locomotor system. The horse is either unwilling or unable to stand or move normally. Lameness […]

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01 Nov 2019
dressage horse and rider with white picket fence

Antioxidant Use in Equine Athletes

Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D. and equine nutritionist writes: “Horses possess undeniable athletic prowess, whether they race, leap, or pull. Even the fittest equine athletes tire eventually, though, and face muscle damage and antioxidant enzyme abnormalities. When horses become fatigued, they either continue to exercise at a lower intensity or stop exercising altogether. The reduction or termination of exercise […]

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25 Oct 2019
horse grazing at sunset

Being a Single-Horse Owner

Have just enough space, money or time for one horse? Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking of getting a solitary horse: “‘Some horses are just not cut out to live alone,’ says equine behaviourist Bonnie Beaver, DVM. Many will fret, pace or otherwise act out when no other horses are around. Others […]

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17 Oct 2019
horse in green field with barn in background

Tips for Controlling Infection in Your Horses

Josie L. Traub-Dargatz, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, shares her experience on ways to control infection in horses: “Many horses, like people today, live a fast-paced life.  Horses are on the road to shows, breeding farms, racetracks and trail rides. It is critical to manage each horse to avoid an illness that could compromise performance in […]

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11 Oct 2019
depressed horse against green trees

Elite Equine and Depression in Horses

VioVet Ltd., one of the UK’s largest and most trusted veterinary supply retailers, brings this somewhat unknown phenomenon into the light: “Sensitive to a number of stressors, horses get depressed just as easily as cats and dogs. Prolonged stress can lead to gradual withdrawal and decline in horses, whether caused by environmental triggers or chronic […]

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