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
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
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