Equine Nutritional Health: What does it really mean?

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Equine Nutritional Health: What does it really mean? This month we welcome Lizzie Drury, MSc, Registered Nutritionist from Saracen Horse Feeds, to talk about equine nutritional health. Lizzie explores what nutritional health means for the horse, alongside offering practical tips and insights on how horse owners can go about making the most out of resources available to maximise the horse’s wellbeing and performance. Written by Lizzie Drury MSc Registered Nutritionist, Saracen Horse Feeds We all like to do the best by our horses and ponies and will usually go that extra…

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Lark or Owl – Which one is your horse?

is your horse a lark or owl

Lark or Owl – Which one is your horse? Did you know your horse’s chronotype can be identified as Lark or Owl, just as we do with humans? Little research has been conducted in this area, however, a recent study suggests that finding out this information could be key to understanding habits and behaviours, alongside enabling us to fine tune routines and training schedules. Here we welcome Liz Newman who uncovers the lark or owl attributes, while talking about study findings, so you are able to make your own mind…

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The digestive system and how gut health can impact equine behaviour

The Digestive system and how gut health can impact equine behaviour

The digestive system and how gut health can impact equine behaviour Written by Loni Loftus, Clinical Animal Behaviourist www.loniloftusbehaviour.com In this article Clinical Animal Behaviourist, Loni Loftus uncovers the mechanics of the digestive system and looks at how the health of the equine gut can have a direct effect on behaviour, including mental and physical health. We have all heard the old adage of ‘no foot, no horse’ well ‘no gut, no horse’ is just as worthy a pronouncement! The horse is a non-ruminant herbivore – this means that they…

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Equine First Aid Kit Essentials

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Equine First Aid Kit Essentials We’ve all been there, we’ve reached for our horse first aid kit only to realise the bandage we thought we had, we actually don’t. The list of items you can add into a first aid kit is almost endless, and a little overwhelming when it comes to choosing the essentials. It’s good practice to regularly check and restock your kit, not only because item’s will have been used, but for other reasons such as products that have perished or become out of date. Here we…

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Horses Can Tell If You Are Untrustworthy, New Study Finds

Horses Can Tell If You Are Untrustworthy, New Study Finds

Horses Can Tell If You Are Untrustworthy, New Study Finds Horses can tell in you are untrustworthy, a new study finds. The study looked at whether horses could assess the credibility of information given to them by humans. They were able to determine that by reading social cues horses were able to tell whether the information given was correct or not. Two buckets were given to the horses; one with a hidden treat, and one without. Two people then pointed at the buckets, however only one knowing where the treat…

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How to avoid equine asthma and respiratory issues with barn management

Stable Hygiene

How to avoid equine asthma and respiratory issues with barn management For the benefit of this article, the name barn is referred to in reference to indoor stabling. However, this information can also be used in reference to the stable environment in an outdoor setting. Equine Asthma is a well known issue that affects horses all over the world. While the terminology in some countries may differ, the condition and it’s symptoms are the same. In this article, Equine Guelph give information on how to avoid asthma, and other related…

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Morris Animal Foundation accepting new proposals for equine behaviour studies

Morris Animal Foundation is now accepting proposals for pilot studies

Morris Animal Foundation accepting new proposals for equine behaviour studies Morris Animal Foundation is now accepting proposals for pilot studies focused on equine behavior, relating to health and welfare. Proposals should generate data to prove the viability of a novel approach or idea and may involve domesticated or wild horses. Dr. Wendy Koch, a veterinarian who has supported the Foundation for 30 years, is providing funding for awarded grants. She began a career in animal welfare with the federal government in 1990 and became board-certified in that field in 2016. Dr. Koch has…

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People who abuse animals can now face a maximum sentence of five years in prison

People who abuse animals can now face a maximum sentence of five years in prison The landmark legislation kicked in on 29/6/21 after completing its final Government stage and passing into law in April 2021. After years of campaigning, the RSPCA – the principal investigator of animal neglect, cruelty, and serious organized animal crime in England and Wales – is celebrating this ‘milestone’. RSPCA chief executive Chris Sherwood said: “This is a landmark day for animals and animal welfare in England and Wales. For almost 200 years the RSPCA has…

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Free Equine Webinar Series: Taking Science to the Stable

A free equine webinar series

Free Equine Webinar Series: Taking Science to the Stable Starts June 16 with Broodmare Management and Nutrition with Don Kapper A free equine webinar series starts on June 16 (2021) with a Broodmare Management and Nutrition focus kicking off proceedings. Hosted by Open Learning and Education Support at the University of Guelph, the Taking Science to the Stable series will run every two weeks until August 18. The exciting series of webinar talks will provide informative and insightful knowledge from experienced industry professionals, with webinars 1, 3, and 5 part…

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Native-breed horse owners wanted for second stage in laminitis study

Native-breed horse being examined - owners wanted for assistance in laminitis study

Native-breed horse owners wanted for assistance in laminitis study Researchers at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are calling on native-breed horse and pony owners in Aberdeenshire to help them with the next phase of their study into laminitis. They are looking for people with native-breed horses or ponies aged four and over, and with no previous diagnosis of PPID (Equine Cushing’s Syndrome), for the study investigating risk factors for pasture-associated laminitis – an extremely painful condition of the hoof that can have devastating consequences. Postgraduate researchers Ashley Ward and Verena Schmidt…

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Could mile-long trots protect young foals from lower-leg fractures later in life?

Research suggests introducing mild exercise in young foals can help reduce the chance of lower leg fractures later in life

Could mile-long trots protect young foals from lower-leg fractures later in life? Could mile-long trots protect young foals from lower-leg fractures later in life? Morris Animal Foundation-funded researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) are evaluating the long-term effects of a moderately strenuous exercise plan on bone development in foals. Lower-leg fractures are a major welfare concern in horses that race or jump competitively, but they can happen in any horse. Understanding the impact of early exercise on growing horses – most horses don’t reach complete skeletal maturity until…

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Horse Fly Spray – Ingredients You Need To Know About

Horse Fly Spray - Ingredients You Need To Know About

Horse Fly Spray – Ingredients You Need To Know About Horse fly spray is a summer essential. When looking for the best fly spray for horses, it’s hard to know what will work and worth spending our hard earned money on! Turning to horse fly spray and lotion’s labels, it’s even harder to decipher what ingredients are actually repelling the flies and providing our horses with the best protection. So we’ve dissected the ingredient list for you, to show you exactly how your horse fly repellant is working. We have…

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Repelling Horse Flies At The Yard

Repelling Horse Flies

Repelling Horse Flies At The Yard Repelling horse flies can be a hard task. Using horse fly spray or horse fly repellent for humans can be one way, but sometimes they don’t go far enough! Here are five tips for repelling horse flies at the yard. Repelling Horse Flies Repelling horse flies may need you to go the extra mile. Horse flies can pose a serious risk to horse’s health and well-being. Therefore, taking on board theses fly repelling tips could reduce chances of accumulating a nasty vet bill.  

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Horse Mirrors: Do They Work?

Horse Mirrors: Do They Work?

Horse Mirrors: Do They Work? Horse mirrors have plenty of uses. From horse stable mirrors to dressage mirrors, it’s suggested that these mirrors can help to calm horses, on top of their rider performance benefits. We investigated how effective horse mirrors actually are.   Horse Mirrors Horse mirrors can be placed in stables, arenas, and horse transport. With special safety features, these specially designed mirrors are built to withstand force from horses and bumpy roads. Rider Performance Many riders use mirrors in the arena to check on their position in…

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Summer Horse Health Precautions

Summer Horse Health

Summer Horse Health Precautions Summer horse health means keeping on top of conditions that come with the hot weather and increased outings! Summer is a busy time for equestrians, so simple changes to maintain horse health can often go a-miss! So, what should horse owners keep a keen eye on to maintain their horse’s health during summer? Hydration Monitoring your horse’s hydration is a must in the summer, with the days normally much warmer and activity level increasing from more shows and better ground-conditions. Dehydration plays a major role in…

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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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The Best In-Hand Exercises For Horses

Best inhand exercises for horses

The Best In-Hand Exercises For Horses In-hand exercises for horses boast amazing benefits for wellbeing, strength and your relationship with your horse. Whether you’re bringing your horse back into work following injury or looking to further develop muscle strength and suppleness, these easy-to-do, DIY techniques are great to include within your horse’s routine! In-hand exercises can compromise of anything from stretches, to manoeuvres and tricks, all which keep the mind stimulated. Whilst performing tricks and manoeuvres, this can be the perfect opportunity to refine movements and perfect execution, which can…

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3 Affordable Pieces of Equine Therapy Equipment

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3 Affordable Pieces of Equine Therapy Equipment Looking for affordable equine therapy equipment? It can be hard to find, with the equine market flooded with therapy equipment all claiming to be the next best thing. However, you don’t have to splash the cash to see the results you want. Whether you’re looking to improve injury healing or enhance muscle function, we’ve found some of the most affordable alternatives to pricey equine therapy equipment! Affordable Equine Therapy Equipment Alternatives  

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Improving Your Bandaging Technique

Covalliero Fleece Bandages

Improving Your Bandaging Technique Improving your bandaging technique is essential to reap the full benefits of horse bandages. When applied correctly, a bandage can assist in the healing process of an injury, but if applied incorrectly bandaging can cause problems that will delay healing and potentially cause further complications. Learning how to bandage is something that requires practice, and the secret of good bandaging lies in achieving correct and even tension. By following a few important guidelines you can improve your bandaging technique and ensure that whenever you need to…

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Cold Hosing Horses Legs

Hot and Cold Therapies

Cold Hosing Horses Legs Cold hosing horses legs is a simple, yet effective from of therapy for horses. Cold hosing has a multitude of benefits for horses with injury and can be essential for rehabilitation. Discover how cold hosing horses legs can be applied safely and effectively. Cold Hosing Cold hosing horses legs is a type of cold therapy, also as cryotherapy. Cyrotherapy includes the application of a cold water, or any cooling substance/source to a specific area. Application of cold will cause blood vessels to become narrower (vasoconstriction), therefore…

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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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EHV-1 Outbreak: All You Need To Know

Equine Influenza update 2019

EHV-1 Outbreak: All You Need To Know In light of the recent EHV-1 outbreak, horse owners need to vigilant and educated on the virus and how it manage cases and suspected cases of infection. With international equestrian centres across the country already issuing restrictions regarding horses that may have been exposed to EHV-1, all horse owners need to be alert to identification procedure and management protocols. EHV-1, otherwise known as equine herpes virus, is one of nine equine herpes virus strains that have been identified to date. The equine herpes…

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New LaminAid and PodoSens from Cavalor

LaminAid and Podosens

New LaminAid and PodoSens from Cavalor NEW from Cavalor this spring are LaminAid and PodoSens. Cavalor LaminAid is recommended for horses and ponies with sensitive hooves due to metabolic problems. It supports the sensitive intestinal flora and brings hormonal and metabolic processes back into balance while improving blood circulation and flow in the hoof. Cavalor LaminAid is a unique, balanced combination of several essential oils including Eucalyptus globulus, Allium sativum and Betula alba.  When incorporated into a blend, they complement each other and have a synergistic benefit. Horses and ponies…

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Healthy Horse Treats

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Healthy Horse Treats Healthy horse treats your horse will love! Discover our top pick of healthy horse treats, which are both delicious and nutritious. Including leading products such as Baileys horse treats and Likit horse treats, we give you a ingredient breakdown and the benefits each treat boasts! Healthy Horse Treats Baileys Tasty Treats 5kg Baileys Tasty Treats are an equestrian cult favourite! Containing a blend of essential oils, Baileys horse treats add a boost to coat shine, joint mobility, and hoof condition. Meanwhile, oat feed, alfalfa meal, and micronised…

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How Often Should You Groom Your Horse For A Shiny Coat?

How Often Should You Groom Your Horse For A Shiny Coat?

How Often Should You Groom Your Horse For A Shiny Coat? We answer how often should you groom your horse for a shiny coat, plus more horse coat care questions. Find out how why your horse loves to roll after you’ve spent hours scrubbing them, how bathing could affect their skin health and all about best practice for a shiny coat! How Often Should I Groom My Horse For A Shiny Coat? Grooming should be completed as part of your horse’s routine care. Grooming boast benefits such as health monitoring,…

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