Horses

20 02, 2018

Melanomas in Horses

By |February 20th, 2018|Horses|0 Comments

Equine melanomas are a common occurrence for older grey horses and ponies .  “Whiskey”, a 25 year old grey pony had numerous dermal melanomas which had been present for a number of years.    Dermal (or skin) melanoma’s, present as black masses and commonly occur under the tail, around the anus, in the scrotum and on the face.  Dermal melanomas in older grey horses are unlikely to be malignant, however melanomas in non grey horses

16 10, 2017

Equine Worming

By |October 16th, 2017|Horses, Parasites, Worms|0 Comments

Worming: All horses require management to prevent worm burdens.  Understanding the lifecycles and different kinds of worms will aid in preventing these burdens.   Anthelmintic (worming treatment) resistance is growing so it is important to make informed decisions when treating our horses.
Roundworms
Horses generally become infected with worms, or endoparasites, directly when they graze and consume the worm larvae living in the grass.  A typical roundworm lifecycle is known as a direct life cycle.  Adults

22 08, 2017

Equine Immunity – Looking after your Horses health

By |August 22nd, 2017|Horses|0 Comments

With the recent cold and wet weather, it’s important to help support your horse or pony’s immunity.  The best way to do this is by ensuring they are healthy, have low stress levels and are fed a nutritionally complete diet.
To maintain good health:
Ensure your horse is free of internal parasite burdens. An effective worming program, picking up faeces in paddocks to reduce worm burdens in pastures, and doing faecal egg counts are important steps.

26 06, 2017

Windsucking in Horses

By |June 26th, 2017|Horses|0 Comments

Windsucking is when a horse opens his mouth flexs his neck and nosily gulps air.  It is also known as crib biting, where a horse clamps onto a fencepost or other object and gulps air.  Windsucking is often displayed by performance horses that are stabled, therefore stress, boredom and gastrointestinal ulcers are the most common sited reasons a horse starts.  Stabled horses are more likely to have infrequent feeding and performance horses are more

6 06, 2017

Immunity for Horses and Ponies

By |June 6th, 2017|Horses, Winter|0 Comments

With the recent cold and wet weather, we want to ensure our horse and pony’s immunity levels are the best they can be.  The best support of your horse’s immunity is ensuring they are healthy, have low stress levels and are fed a nutritionally complete diet.
Enhancing Immunity:
To maintain good health, ensure your horse is free of internal parasites burdens. Ensure you utilise effective worming programs and reduce worm burdens in pasture by picking up faeces and

19 02, 2017

Horses: Respiratory Disease & Vaccinations

By |February 19th, 2017|Horses, Vaccination|0 Comments

Respiratory Disease

Respiratory disease in horses is common and can be caused by a number of factors. Upper respiratory disease normally occurs and infected horses may have a nasal discharge, sneeze, cough, have swollen glands and be depressed.

Most respiratory disease is caused by viral infections but a secondary bacterial infection often occurs.    These infections can range from a simple cold through to the serious and highly contagious equine strangles.    Fortunately we do not have equine

2 11, 2016

Mud Fever

By |November 2nd, 2016|Cows, Horses, Sheep|0 Comments

Winter and  Spring is the time of year for mud fever. This is a skin infection caused by an organism called Dermatophilus congolensis which lives in the soil. In winter, the skin is softened by rain and mud. Continual wetting and drying causes the skin to chap and allows the bacteria to enter. Muddy conditions are not always necessary; wounds or grazes can also allow the bacteria to penetrate.

Symptoms

Mud fever is recognized by scabs,

26 08, 2016

Which wormer do I use for my horse and when?

By |August 26th, 2016|Horses, Uncategorized|0 Comments

It’s a common question and one often surrounded with mystery. No consistent answer usually means there’s no right answer and that’s certainly true if you’re guessing. Truth is, there are three or four main classes of wormers, some broad spectrum and some more specific but all have resistance problems (don’t kill the worms they’re supposed to) and every horse or pony shows very different natural resistance and worm burdens at any one time, even

14 06, 2016

Foaling

By |June 14th, 2016|Horses|0 Comments

For expectant owners, this can be a stressful time, mostly, in anticipation of what could go wrong. So, here are a few pointers to help reduce stress and lead to a successful outcome.

Due date: gestation is 11 months but some mares can go over 12 month’s gestation without a problem. So, if you have a last service date to work from, don’t panic. If the mare seems otherwise bright and well, be patient. Overdue

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