The management of your foal’s health begins while the mare is still pregnant. Hopefully she will have received a tetanus vaccination booster around 4-6 weeks before foaling. The newborn foal will have received essential antibodies in the mare’s colostrum during the first suckling but the benefit of these decreases over time. It is vital therefore that you embark on the correct vaccination and worming programs and with the correct timing in order to keep the foal healthy and safe from illness. Read more
You may think that the time spent caring for your mare while you wait for her to give birth is filled with tension but once the foal arrives then the hard and careful work really begins in order to ensure that you and the mare between you raise a strong and healthy foal. Read more
A Guide to Foaling your Mare
It is hard to believe that the 2017 breeding season is almost upon us! Broodmares throughout the country are steadily getting bigger, and owners are preparing for the new arrivals. The build-up to foaling can be a stressful time, but careful planning and preparation can help to give the mare owner the confidence to foal their mare at home and identify when assistance is necessary. Read more
What is a Roundworm?
Roundworms are an internal parasite that can affect horses. They have a typical ‘round’ shaped worm body and can vary in length up to a massive 50cm! There are many different roundworm species that can infect horses. We will examine the most common roundworms and their effects: 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
Most equestrians are familiar with worms – a term which describes a wide variety of parasites, all of which reproduce inside a horse’s gut, but understanding and managing worming for your horse is a big subject. In sufficiently large numbers, they can pose a severe risk to their host; an infested horse will likely suffer from a variety of digestive problems – which unfortunately in some cases, can even prove fatal.
Guarding against worms however, is a tricky business – while treatments are available, they should be used only sparingly for reasons which will become clear. Read more
If your horse has suffered a wound, then you’ll need to apply a bandage in order to protect it during the healing process. Bandaging a horse, however, is not as straightforward an operation as it might be for bandaging a smaller animal. If you’ve got several hundred pounds of muscle to contend with, then you’ll want to make sure that you’re safe while performing the procedure – but at the same time, you’ll want to make sure that the bandage is effective. 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
If you’re looking to improve the physical performance of a horse, then it’s worth considering what lessons we might learn from training in humans. Human athletes, whatever their chosen discipline, achieve their physical prowess with a wide variety of different exercises. Though Mo Farah might spend a lot of his time running from place to place, he’ll also occasionally alternate with resistance exercises. A professional footballer that’s in the midst of a match will move in such a way that’s optimal for moving efficiently around the pitch – but during training, they’ll raise their knees up to their chests while running, stand on one leg while holding the other behind them, and run back and forth repeatedly between sets of cones. Read more
A horse is an animal that spends a great deal of its time walking, running and jumping – whether it’s under the guidance of a rider or of its own volition. The sort of surface being ridden on will contribute enormously to the efficacy with which they’re able to do these things – a fact to which anyone who’s ever attempted to run through wet sand will attest. Sometimes, these variances are quite subtle – but you can be sure that after thousands of hours of practice, and thousands of miles covered, even minor differences can become significant. Read more