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
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