When one hears the word thrush we immediately recoil in disgust and rightly so, the infection is an unsightly and smelly annoyance. Here’s a handy little breakdown and how we can battle the foul and repulsive pathogen that can seep and colonise your horse's hoof.
Both infections are notable by skin lesions characterised by a crust, and clumped hair and swelling will often be seen in mud fever. It may look nasty and sound severe but thanks to the modern marvel of antibiotics, Dermatophilus Congolensis numbers can be reduced back to a healthy level.
We’ve all experienced a Houdini horse; a horse that manages to escape from any and every fence. Stallions have been known to duck and dive under the tiniest of gaps between fencing and the ground, just to get to a mare in the next paddock. It's not unheard of for cheeky ponies to squeeze through all manner of fencing to go and explore. And we’ve all witnessed horses literally walk through fencing to get to the tasty green grass on the other side (you know, because the grass is always greener).
There are certain factors to take into consideration when it comes to calcium supplementation. Some horses may have an increased requirement for calcium. Young racehorses are usually supplemented, weanlings and growing horses, and late pregnant mares are just some of the reasons you'd be looking at supplementing! However, you need to consider your horses feed and pick on the ground. What type of grass does your horse have available and what type of hay.
All equestrians are well aware of the major health concern Colic poses to our close companions. Colic is the number one cause of a premature death and while most can be treated the best approach to dealing with Colic is prevention. There are many variations of the condition caused by a range of factors due to the complex nature of the equine digestive tract, but these 10 techniques will greatly help reduce the risk of Colic occurring in your beloved horse.
There is a long, exhaustive list of the causes of Colic and includes anything from heart problems to infection. It is, therefore, simpler to break the causes into two main groups; digestive tract related and non-digestive tract related.
Non-intestinal tract related illness can include, but not limited to; foaling, placenta retention, abortion, uterine torsion, pleuritis, botulism, renal and bladder stones, ruptured bladder, hepatitis, myositis and laminitis.
As the summer months lazily pass us by and the temperature heats up, RSPCA have released their best advice on how to keep your pets cool. Whether they be Dogs, Cats, Rabbits or Horses they have simple tips to suit all.
Some horses hate grooming. They can’t stand still, try to nip, bite, kick, flinch, swish their tails and toss their heads. Others tolerate it, just tuning out and resigning themselves to the process. Then there are the horses that absolutely love it. Having your horse look forward to grooming time is often a true testament to the quality of your relationship, and it’s a great place to build it.