Horse Flies: What’s The Issue?

Horse Flies what's the issue

Horse Flies: What’s The Issue? Horse flies are a problem all owners encounter. Horse flies bite and can cause irritation to horses. Not only do they bite, but can carry disease and bacteria throughout herds. Horse flies present the major problems of; Distress Infection Irritation Therefore, horse owner should do everything in their power to prevent horse fly populations surrounding their horses. Types of Horse Flies There are different types of horse flies which effect horses in different ways. Here are some ways you can prevent the different types of…

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How Are Owners Are Contributing To Equine Obesity?

Feeding the overweight horse

How Are Owners Are Contributing To Equine Obesity? Equine obesity is now considered an equine welfare crisis by many leading animal charities in the UK. With the rise of equine obesity across a nation of horse-lovers, why are with facing an equine obesity problem? The Dangers of Obesity in Horses With one study finding that less than 1% of horse owners perceived weight gain as an issue, the dangers of obesity are more of a concern than ever for equine welfare advocates. In horses, obesity contributes toward conditions such as…

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Should You Wash Mud Off Horses Legs?

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Should You Wash Mud Off Horses Legs? Should you wash the mud off horses legs? The question to wash mud off horses legs can be heavily debated on the yard. Tackling the mud is a tricky one with horses, as we strive to keep our horses clean but also their health in tip-top shape! In a constant battle against the weather, you’ll never find a horse owner too far away from a stiff dandy brush, in an attempt to get scrub away layers of mud. However, a question often asked…

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Soaking Vs Steaming Hay: Improving Respiratory Health

Soaking Vs Steaming Hay: Improving Respiratory Health Soaking vs steaming hay…which is better? When trying to improve our horse’s respiratory health and condition, improving air quality is a must. Soaking or steaming hay has become common practice in order to alleviate respiratory symptoms. But, why does treating our forage in this way help our horse’s breathing, and which method is best – soaking or steaming? Soaking vs Steaming Hay For Respiratory Health Through soaking/steaming hay, we can improve stable hygiene by reducing the amount of dust and bacteria particles circulating…

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Horse Breathing Problems

Horse Breathing Problems

Horse Breathing Problems A horse with breathing problems can be a worry to owners. Not only can horse breathing problems have an effect on performance, but overall health too. So what are the signs and symptom we should look out for in the most common equine breathing problems? Why Are Equine Breathing Problems An Issue? Like humans, the horse’s respiratory system is how they exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen – important for all aspects of cell function and life. In particular though, the health and capacity horse’s respiratory systems is…

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Respiratory Management In Horses

Respiratory Management In Horses

Respiratory Management in Horses For respiratory management in horses, we called in on expert advice from the team at HorseHage. Backed with years of credible research, they shared the reasons to why our horses may be suffering from respiratory problems and simple steps to combat respiratory symptoms!

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Veteran Horse Health During Winter

Veteran Horse Health During Winter Veteran horse health during winter is a balancing act! For veteran horse or pony, winter can be tough and present owners with a challenge to ensure that they come through into spring in good condition. Horses and particularly ponies can live active lives well into their twenties and beyond, defying the age bracket where traditionally we would have classed them as a veteran. As they age at different rates, feeding, exercise and general management regime may then differ for each individual case, for example some will…

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Preventing Horse Injuries in The Field

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Preventing Horse Injuries in The Field Preventing horse injuries in the field can seem like an impossible task for an owner. With injuries after spending time in the field being the most prevalent in horses, it’s no wonder some owners are apprehensive to turn their horse’s out. However, with endless benefits of turnout for horse health, taking steps to prevent injury during turnout is a more sustainable and healthy strategy to implement into your horse’s routine. But, what are the steps we should be taking toward preventing injuries in the…

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Companions For Horses – Do They Need One?

Horses make great friends

Companions For Horses – Do They Need One? Companions for horses are common place on any yard, but does a horse need a companion or have they evolved to survive without the security blanket of a herd? Whilst some horses thrive on time alone, others become worried and upset when away from their friends. So, we investigated whether companionship an essential in our horses’ lives and what to do if we can’t provide buddy to accompany them? Is a Companion Essential? Horses are herd animals. Therefore, they thrive physically and…

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Do Horses Get Bored?

Horse Flies what's the issue

Do Horses Get Bored? Do horses get bored? We answer the common question! Investigating bored horse behaviour and what to do about it, we’ll help you bust your horse’s boredom once and for all!   Signs Of Boredom in Horses Bored horse behaviour can include the development of stable vices. Stable vices, such as crib-biting and box-walking often stem from frustration, stress and lack of mental stimulation. These vices lend a hand to relieve boredom and distract from other stressors. On the other hand, boredom may manifest through more subtle…

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Feeding Your Horse For Healthy Weight Loss

Grace cantering around the field after a hose down

Feeding Your Horse For Healthy Weight Loss Feeding your horse for healthy weight loss can be hard, with your chosen regime needing to be rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre. Your chosen diet also needs keep your horse’s stomach full, as well as being low on calories! However, we think we may have found a delicious solution…Sugar Beet! How Does Sugar Beet Aids Healthy Weight Loss? As a root vegetable, sugar beet is high in fibre but in low starch and sugar (if unmolassed it contains approximately 5%) and is…

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Mud Fever in Horses

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Mud Fever in Horses Here we look at mud fever in horses. Our feature includes understanding the condition while Cavalor expert, Elynn Thys answers some commonly asked questions surrounding the topic. Mud Fever, an Introduction Mud fever is, without doubt, one of the most recognisable skin problems in horses. Mud fever is a collective name for different forms of skin irritation on a horse’s legs. In serious cases, the whole lower leg can swell up and if left untreated the swelling might not go away. In severe cases, this results…

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Is Your Horse Sleep Deprived?

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Is Your Horse Sleep Deprived? Is your horse sleep deprived? With sleep being arguably one of the most beneficial parts of your horse’s routine, how do we know our horses are making the most of their resting time and should we intervene? Horses are known for their ability to sleep whilst standing, however all horses must have a period of sleep whilst lying down in order to achieve full sleep cycles, therefore quality sleep.

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Everything You Need To Know About Sunburn In Horses

Three horses, a gray, a bay, and a chestnut grazing in a pasture with a split-rail fence and trees in the background on a sunny day.

Everything You Need To Know About Sunburn In Horses Summer sees the onset of blue skies, bright days, and longer turnout times. Although, sunny days are unpredictable in the UK climate meaning it’s easy to forget adequate sun protection, not only for ourselves but our horses. To keep your horse’s in the sun for longer, reaping the benefits of hacking and turn out,  we’ve created a guide for everything you need to know about sunburn in horses. What is Sunburn? Sunburn causes redness, swelling and peeling of the skin, much…

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5 Ways To Prevent Laminitis

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5 Ways To Prevent Laminitis Prevent laminitis with these five steps! With the weather becoming warmer and the grass becoming greener, everyone has begun to look for ways to prevent laminitis. Along with the sun comes the dreaded ring of ‘laminitis alarm-bells’ and the granted concern for horse health and well-being. Long, staring assessments of our horse’s posture, checking hooves for heat, and the phrase; “is it just me, or does he look a bit lame?”, soon becomes part of routine yard -life. Luckily, laminitis is not contagious, unlike some…

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Rain Scald Prevention and Treatment

Rain scald over the horses back and quarters

Rain Scald, Prevention and Treatment Horse Health feature – Rain Scald in horses Rain scald and mud rash are just a couple of the problems that plague horses over the winter months. As the weather begins to change, we are faced with different seasonal skin diseases to deal with in our horses and ponies. Here we take a look at rain scald, where and when it’s likely to strike, prevention and treatment. What is Rain Scald? Rain scald (or Rain Rot) is superficial dermatitis in horses caused by the bacterium…

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Equine Vaccinations – Is Your Horse Fully Protected

Equine Vaccinations - Is You Horse Fully Protected

Equine Vaccinations – Is Your Horse Fully Protected Written by – Hannah Briggs BVetMed MRCVS, Lambourn Equine Vets What vaccinations do I need for my horse? There are a variety of equine vaccinations recommended for horses and ponies, these include Equine Influenza, Tetanus and Strangles. Additionally, Rota Virus is recommended for pregnant mares. We are fortunate here in the UK that we have effective vaccines to the ever evolving viruses that threaten the well-being of our horses. Other countries such as the USA and Europe have many more diseases, not…

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Types of Colic in Horses

types of colic in horses

Types of Colic in Horses Here we review the types of colic in horses; Spasmodic/Idiopathic Colic, impaction colic, and Displacements, Torsions and Strangulations. Colic Overview Equine Colic is actually a relatively common disorder affecting the horse and can occur at any time for a plethora of reasons. Colic is not a specific disorder, but instead, a general term describing ‘abdominal discomfort’. Although colic usually occurs from discomfort originating from the gastro-intestinal tract, it can also be due to pain from other abdominal organs such as the kidney, liver or uterus,…

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Laminitis – An Overview, Essential Reading

Laminitis in Horses an X-ray showing rotation of the pedal bone

Laminitis – An Overview, Essential Reading Laminitis, in its simplest form, is inflammation of the sensitive layers (laminae) of the hoof resulting in pain, inflammation and in some cases, permanent damage to the laminae. The laminae are interwoven specialised ‘leaves’ of tissue which suspend the pedal bone within the hoof. In very mild cases, appropriate treatment will resolve the problem with no lasting effect. If the inflammation is more severe and progressive, the sensitive laminae may lose their blood supply, resulting in loss of support between the pedal bone and…

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Atypical Myopathy – Horse Health

Atypical Myopathy

Atypical Myopathy Written by Hannah Briggs Atypical myopathy is a devastating disease that can occur in horses and donkeys of any age and breed. It occurs as a result of ingesting sycamore seeds and saplings, these contain the toxin hypoglycin A which causes severe damage of the postural, cardiac and respiratory muscles. Prevalence of the disease is greatest in the Autumn with 93% of cases being seen during this season due to ingestion of the seeds, however, increasing numbers have been observed related to ingestion of the saplings. Horses that…

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Ragwort Poisoning – A Real Danger Horses

Ragwort Poisoning

Ragwort Poisoning – A Real Danger Horses Ragwort Poisoning; information on prevention and treatment from the team at XLEquine. Ragwort is a very common weed, recognised by its bright yellow flowers. It’s often seen growing in equine paddoks, on rough land and on the roadside verges. It can also be found on pasture that is particularly overgrazed, or in ‘starvation’ paddocks. When it is growing it is unpalatable to horses, but when wilted or dried in hay, it loses its bitter taste and will readily be eaten but unfortunately retains…

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