How do I take care of my horse during the winter season?
While we are lucky that in most parts of Australia our winter is quite temperate, it is still a good idea to spare a thought for our horses to ensure that they make it through the cold season happy and healthy….READ MORE
What should you do if you suspect, or know your horse has a splint developing?
A splint occurs when the ligament between the splint bones and the cannon bone becomes inflamed. This leads to proliferative bone growth and a hard lump to the side of the cannon bone. The position and size….READ MORE
What are the causes and treatment of Laminitis?
Laminitis is a complex condition in horses that has been associated with numerous potential causes including metabolic abnormalities, toxins, infections, dietary changes and excessive weight-bearing….READ MORE
What would you recommend for an older horse with continual loose, dark bowels and no other symptoms?
Continual loose, dark bowels are indeed a concern. There can be many things to consider in regards to causes, such as worms, ulcers, malabsorption issues, infection, inflammation, nutrition and even cancer…READ MORE
When a horse is a grazing all day, can they get all the required nutrition from grass alone, and do they have to be grazing all day to avoid stomach ulcers?
For the grass to be a complete nutritional source, several factors should be considered, including; the age and use of the horse, season, species of pasture grass, pasture management practices, and the time available to the horse for grazing activity…READ MORE
What are the symptoms of a snake bite and what should be done immediately while awaiting a vet’s assessment and treatment?
Snakes bites can be nasty. Immediate signs of a snake bit can include swelling at the bite site, pain, profuse sweating, muscular weakness or paralysis trembling, dilated pupils, and staggering. After calling a vet…READ MORE
Has anyone had anything to do with string halt in a pony? At first i thought he'd foundered again but it's different to founder this time.
Stringhalt is a condition that presents with involuntary flexion of one or both hind limbs. It is a neurological condition that may be caused by ingestion of toxic plants. If it does not resolve on its own when the suspected…READ MORE
How much sun protection does a horse need in Australia?
Every horse needs protection in our sunny climate. Due to the large body size of a horse, it’s difficult for them to cool down quickly. Plus a diet high in fibre gives off a lot of heat. It’s essential to provide a shaded…READ MORE