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 →
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 →
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 →
If you’re the owner of a horse, and you intend to ride it, then you’ll need to select a saddle that’s a good fit. Next to your horse’s diet, saddle fitting is among the biggest determiners of your horse’s ultimate performance. Select the right one, and you’ll be able to enjoy the greatest possible range of movement, and the best possible posture as a rider. Read more →
If you’re the owner of a horse, then you’ll need to come to terms with the fact that it will one day you will have to say goodbye. This is a fundamental part of ownership – and there’s no getting around it. Trying to get around it, in fact, can lead to prolonged misery for both the animal and the owner.
Euthanasia is a practice which sees a living thing’s life cut short in order to offer it relief from pain or suffering. While the ethical implications of this practice are hotly contested when it comes to human beings, in the case of animals it’s a widely-agreed that in certain cases it’s the kindest thing to do – so much so, in fact, that the phrase ‘the kindest thing to do’ has become a well-worn cliché. Read more →
Since horses were first domesticated, thousands of years ago, we humans have been sculpting their genome through artificial selection. Where we notice qualities that we find desirable, like a cool temperament or great strength, we’ve bred in favour of those qualities – and in doing so produced a variety of animals, which have variously carried knights into battle, pulled enormous carts through city centres, and won prestigious racing events. Read more →
If you’re the owner of a horse, then you’ll need to be sure that your animal is kept safe from harm. This means stabling and feeding them, naturally; but many horses are at risk from a substance that’s contained in their food – a threat which many owners are entirely ignorant of. This threat is called mycotoxin – it’s a substance produced by a fungus which we know as mould.
You’ll find mycotoxins in soil and plants. They form in the field, and sometimes after harvest, if the storage conditions are poor. They’re traditionally thought of as a substantial threat to poultry and pigs – but they can affect horses, too. Read more →
If you’re the owner of a horse, then you might want to occasionally take it out for a ride outside the paddock. It’ll give your horse the opportunity to stretch its legs, and give it some mental stimulation – after all, staring at the same stretch of land, even if it’s a very spacious stretch of land, is likely to get boring after a while. A change of scenery might therefore be welcome. Read more →