Taking a young novice horse and turning it into top class show jumper is no mean feat. It takes hard work, dedication and a strict regime. Although every horse has its own personality and will respond in a slightly different way to your training plan, there are some general rules you can follow to get the best out of your equine charges. Instilling good habits at an early age will ensure a smooth transition from trainee, to career horse. It isn’t a one man job however. The success of a horse depends on a whole team of people including owners, sponsors, trainers and riders. Read more
Horse Riding, rider to horse weight ratio typically depends on the size and strength of the horse, and the type of work that the horse is expected to do. However, from a vet’s point of view how much weight is too much weight for a horse to bear? Are we exposing horses to orthopaedic problems or even pain by asking them to carry more weight than they can reasonably bear? Read more
Of all the parasites which affect a horse, gastrointestinal worms are among the most common. Such worms come in many different forms, each of which acts in different ways and produces subtly different symptoms. Tapeworms are especially widespread and dangerous, and so it’s vital that horse owners and breeders take steps to control their numbers. In this article, let’s consider exactly how this might be achieved. Read more
Giving your horse treats can be fine especially if we are rewarding good behaviour, just because we love them, and yes even when they are looking at us with those big pleading eyes when we are eating a snack around them.
However as horse owners and lovers, there are a certain amount of things that you shouldn’t feed them, so its important to know what you can and what you can’t give to your horse as a treat, read this fabulous infographic to find out what is and what isn’t safe. Read more
Horses are creatures of habit, which is why most experts advise caretakers to stick to a regular feeding routine. If you plan to make any changes to the diet, whether introducing a new food or changing the quantity of feed, always do it in small incremental portions over a period of a few weeks. This is because sudden dietary changes can cause health problems in a horse, especially in one prone to colic or digestive disorders. If you would like more such useful tips and guidelines for feeding horses, check out this awesome infographic from the Animal Health Company. Read more
How much do you know about the dangers of encysted small redworm? Watch this video to find out why encysted small redworm are a serious health threat to your horse.
Be prepared to clear the challenge of encysted small redworms and “Time it Right” this autumn/winter.
By Dr Wendy Talbot BVSC Cert EM (Int Med) DECEIM MRCVS
Wendy graduated from Bristol University in 1999. She then went on to complete a residency at Liverpool University and holds a European Diploma in Equine Internal Medicine. After working in practice for 13 years, she joined Zoetis in 2012 as the National Equine Veterinary Manager.
What do you know about worm control? Guidance on the best ways to control worms in horses has changed in recent years and it’s important to move with the times to help keep our horses healthy. The best way to do this is to talk to your vet or Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) at your local equestrian store. Read more
It’s a well-established fact that horses are living longer than they have at any point in history. While once only a few horses could expect to live to much older than twenty, now most horses are active and running around until well beyond that age.
While this is undoubtedly good news for horses, it does present them (and their owners) with a few problems. As a horse ages, their metabolism begins to decline, and they become less capable of digesting certain key nutrients. These might include protein and fibre, as well as essential vitamins and minerals. What this means is that older horses have slightly different dietary requirements to younger ones; the food that they eat should ideally be easy to digest, low in starch and packed with high-quality protein. Read more
Atypical Myopathy is a disease which has recently established a foothold in Europe and has become something of a growing concern among equine circles. But what exactly is atypical myopathy and – perhaps more importantly – what can be done about it? Read more
All horse owners know that horses can be unpredictable creatures and a horse’s behaviour should never be taken for granted. Even the most placid and reliable of horses can occasionally do something out of character. This is why whether you are riding or handling horses, whether you are a beginner or an experienced horse owner, it pays to observe common sense safety tips at all times. Read more