Horse Flies: What’s The Issue?

Horse Flies what's the issue

All equines encounter horse flies during spring, summer, and early autumn. Horse flies bite and can cause irritation to horses, and they are also responsible for carrying disease and bacteria throughout herds. Horse flies present the major problems of; Therefore, horse owners should do everything possible to prevent horse fly populations surrounding their horses. Types of Horse Flies There are different types of horse flies that affect horses in different ways. Here are some ways you can prevent the different types of horse fly from causing a problem to your…...

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Sunburn In Horses: Everything You Need To Know

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Summer sees the onset of blue skies, bright days, and longer turnout times. However, sunny days are unpredictable in the UK climate, meaning it’s easy to forget adequate sun protection for ourselves and our horses. To keep your horse in the sun for longer and reap the benefits of hacking and turnout, 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 like in humans. The area will cause a degree of discomfort…...

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Natural Approaches to Enhancing Wound Healing in Horses

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Horse owners know that proper wound care is not just a necessity; it’s an essential part of keeping their equine companions healthy and active. From minor abrasions to more severe lacerations, understanding the best practices for wound management can significantly affect the recovery outcome.  This guide offers a deep dive into the skin structure of horses, outlines the types of wounds they may encounter, and discusses the stages of wound healing.  Structure of the Skin in Horses The skin of a horse is a complex organ that serves as the…...

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Ragwort poisoning in horses

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Ragwort poisoning in horses is a very real threat to equine health. The damage caused by the ingestion of ragwort can lead to long-term health effects on horses and, in some cases, can prove fatal. What is Ragwort? Ragwort is a widespread weed recognised by its bright yellow flowers (flowering from June-November). It’s often seen growing in equine paddocks, on rough land and on 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,…...

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Sweet Itch in horses: causes, treatment and prevention

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Sweet itch, also known as Summer Seasonal Recurrent Dermatitis or Culicoides Hypersensitivity, is a prevalent skin condition in horses caused by allergic reactions to Culicoides midge saliva. The skin’s reaction results in intense and prolonged itching, causing hair loss, skin inflammation and open wounds, significantly impacting a horse’s comfort. It is essential for horse owners to understand its causes and management strategies to alleviate its effects and ensure their equine companions’ well-being. Treating sweet itch may seem like a never-ending battle. Treating the condition early by commencing a suitable treatment…...

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Managing a horse prone to laminitis

Managing a horse with laminitis

Managing a horse prone to laminitis can be daunting. By educating yourself on the topic, you give your horse or pony the best chance of returning to full health, alongside minimising the risk of recurrence. In this article, we look at how to manage a horse or pony prone to laminitis by looking at feed, turnout, exercise and hoof care. About laminitis Laminitis is a painful condition characterised by inflammation of the laminae of the foot (hoof). This inflammation and subsequent damage can lead to extreme and crippling pain for a…...

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Spring Worming for Horses

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In this article, Caroline George BVMS MRCVS discusses spring worming, the importance of worm control, the Intelligent Worming Programme and correct testing methods. Following the winter, our thoughts swiftly turn to appropriate spring worming strategies for our horses. A variety of endoparasites (worms) infect horses in the UK, the majority of which are carried with minimal harm to the adult horse when managed correctly. However, certain horse worms which in low numbers are unlikely to cause harm, can lead to problems when a larger burden is established. When the population…...

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Lameness Assessment and Investigation

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Lameness assessment and investigation for the horse Following our first article looking at how to spot lameness in the horse, we delve further into Lameness assessment and investigation with the Animal Health Trust. About the AHT Equine Clinic The Animal Health Trust (AHT) Equine Clinic is made up of world specialists that treat a variety of injuries or conditions, but their greatest area of expertise lies in orthopaedics and, in particular, lameness. No horse or injury is ever the same and it’s up to their Clinicians to solve these mysteries…...

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Is Hacking As Good As Turnout?

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Is hacking as good as turnout? Find out more in this article which looks at the benefits to help you make healthy decisions for your horse.

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How To Protect Your Horse’s Joints

How To Protect Your Horse’s Joints

Are you doing enough to protect your horse’s joints? Joint health is key to every horse performing and feeling at their best, from companion to Olympic athlete! But, with numerous daily factors impacting equine joints, what should horse owners be doing to protect these delicate structures? Incorporating the best management techniques is a step in the right direction to supporting equine joints. In this article, we investigate best management practices and products to support equine joints. Managing Nutrition To protect your horse’s joints, first consider whether their diet supports good…...

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Laminitis in Horses: Sign, Diagnosis and Treatment

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What is Laminitis? Laminitis is an extremely painful condition that affects the sensitive laminae (tissues) of the horse’s hoof. It results in pain, inflammation, and, in some cases, permanent damage to the laminae. Horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules are susceptible to the condition. The laminae are interwoven specialised ‘leaves’ of tissue which suspend the pedal bone within the hoof. In mild cases of Laminitis, 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,…...

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Mud Fever in Horses

Mud Fever in Horses explained including symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention

Here we talk about mud fever in horses, including understanding the condition, symptoms, causes, prevention, treatment and a Q&A with Cavalor expert Elynn Thys. Mud fever in horses, an introduction Mud fever is, without a 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 in lameness. An ailment…...

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Rain Scald Prevention and Treatment

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Learn about rain scald, a common skin disease in horses caused by excess moisture. Discover prevention and treatment methods to keep your horse healthy over winter. Rain scald and mud rash are just some of the problems plaguing horses over the winter months. As the weather begins to change, we are faced with different seasonal skin diseases 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…...

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Worming Horses: Advice from an Expert

Horse Worming

Worming: Expert advice on worming horses Worming horses has been a hotly debated topic for many years. The need to worm, quantity and type of wormer has been a recurring conversation delivered by many different chanels following expert advice. But what are the experts actually saying? In this article, Rosie Naylor BVetMed MVetMed DipACVIM PhD MRCVS details several important areas associated to worming horses by covering topics such as resistance, treatments, assessing need and seasonal worming. With thanks to Rosie Naylor BVetMed MVetMed DipACVIM PhD MRCVS Resistance to wormers is…...

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5 Things to be aware of when worming your horse

5 Things to be aware of when worming your horse image of a horse in a field

Ensuring your horse is correctly wormed is one of the most important duties you have as a horse owner; worms can otherwise lead to various health difficulties including diarrhoea and colic, and even fatalities if the condition is serious enough. Fortunately there is plenty of advice and help available in the equine community for treating worms in their various forms. In this article, we’re going to share with you some extra tips and pieces of advice for helping to get the most out of your horse worming programme. Horses have…...

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Strangles in Horses

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Strangles is a very common but unpleasant bacterial disease that can affect horses, ponies and even donkeys. Signs vary between individuals and can range from very mild to dramatic in appearance. Strangles is a disease caused by bacteria called Streptococcus equi subspecies equi (Strep. equi) and is highly contagious being spread by direct contact with infected discharges or with contaminated clothing or equipment. Horses can also be silent carriers of the bacteria displaying no outward signs but being capable of infecting others. Horses can be silent carriers of the bacteria…...

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Equine Obesity: The horse owners part in the problem

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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 we facing an equine obesity problem? This article starts off by looking at the dangers of obesity in horses before looking at the horse owners’ part in the 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…...

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Laminitis and the horse’s diet

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Unfortunately, laminitis affects horses and ponies every year, no matter what the season. It is an extremely painful condition that is caused by multiple factors and can result in permanent damage to the hooves. You can read our article here to learn more about the signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. Laminitis and the horse’s diet It is well known that a horse’s diet can play a big part in both the onset and the severity of a laminitic episode, and also in managing laminitis. In particular, excessive total dietary calories, especially…...

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How do I get rid of ragwort?

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It is imperative to your horse’s health to get rid of Ragwort from a field where they graze. Timing and equipment are key areas to consider when killing, or removing the weed, along with the correct protective gear for you. When Ragwort is actively growing, it is unpalatable to horses. However, the danger comes when the weed has wilted in the field or dried and found in hay. Once wilted, it remains toxic to horses but loses its bitter taste and will readily be eaten. Often, landowners are keen to…...

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Glucosamine Dosage For Horses

Glucosamine Dosage For Horses

What is the correct Glucosamine dosage for horses? Needing enough to be effective, yet not too much for it to go to waste, or worse, be unsafe. Here we untangle how much Glucosamine horses actually need in their diet. What is Glucosamine? Glucosamine is an essential component of normal, healthy articular cartilage in horses and humans. Covering the ends of bones when they come together to form joints, healthy articular cartilage is crucial for smooth, functioning joints for movement and performance. Glucosamine for horses is an indispensable supplement, especially for…...

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Dengie Support the Highland Pony Society’s Centenary Celebrations

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Being strong advocates of native and heritage breeds, Dengie are supporting the Highland Pony Society’s 100-year anniversary celebrations this year. In May, the Highland Pony Society and British Horse Society Scotland organised a fundraising ride at Balmoral Estate as one of many events that have been organised to mark the centenary celebration. There were 5, 11 and 20 km routes for the 100 Highland ponies entered to choose from. Dengie Nutritionist Claire Akers was on hand with the portable weighbridge to offer feeding and nutritional advice for all the horse owners…...

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Keeping your horse hydrated this summer

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Learn more about how to keep your horse hydrated this summer in our article here. Exercising your horse in summer can lead to increased sweating and therefore losing more water and electrolytes than in normal conditions. Interestingly, an increase in environmental temperature to over 33 degrees can quadruple the loss of water from the horse’s body without even starting to exercise. How much water does a horse need? Water is vital for the horse, not only to stay hydrated but also for the function of physiological systems. These include the…...

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Dehydration in Horses: What to look out for

Dehydration in Horses: What to look out for

Dehydration in Horses: What to look out for  Dehydration in Horses is common during the hotter months, therefore, it remains vitally important to recognise warning signs, alongside understanding how to prevent and treat should the issue occur. Here, Dr Jessica May, UK lead vet at the video vet service FirstVet, is on hand to give the best advice on the matter. Signs of Dehydration in Horses In hot weather, horses rely heavily on sweating for temperature regulation, leaving them prone to dehydration caused by the loss of electrolytes. The heat and…...

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Horses need sun protection too…

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Horses need sun protection too… The British Horse Society is urging horse owners to be extra vigilant during hot weather The British Horse Society (BHS) has advised owners to be extra vigilant during this weekend’s hot weather and ensure their horses have shade, water and high-factor SPF protection. With temperatures soaring, the charity is warning of the dangers to horses from strong UV rays. Welfare Campaigns Officer for The British Horse Society, Gabby Madders said; Horses are affected by the sun in the same way as humans. So, during hot weather spells a…...

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3 Joint Supplements For Older Horses

Joint supplements for older horses will help aid movement. Image of horse cantering through a field

Joint supplements for older horses are a good way to maintain musculoskeletal health throughout work and retirement. Ensuring condition in the structures involved with the horse’s movement and motion is imperative to longevity and health. So, this raises the question: What should we look for in our chosen joint supplements for the older horse? This article takes a look at a variety of questions that surround joint supplements for older horses while taking a look at 3 top products on the market. Why Do Older Horses Need A Joint Supplement?…...

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