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 →
In this series of articles brought to you in conjunction with Equitop Myoplast we are going to take a look at understanding horse muscle and how you can assess topline and muscle condition (pt 1) and then in the second installment we will look at what exercises will help your horse build muscles and what nutrition is required to build muscles. Read more →
In the past, it was common practice to feed starch, and in particular oats, as the main bulk of an equine diet. Modern opinion now suggests, however, that sugars and starch should be avoided as they can cause digestive problems and lead to over excitement in horses. To fully understand the best way to maintain a healthy diet for your horse and a calmer demeanour, we need to look at the different ways of providing energy via your horse’s diet and equine feeding. Read more →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →