Equine Articles

Summer Feeding of Horses

Owning horses can be an absolute pleasure in the summertime, but just like the other seasons, summer feeding has its own problems to contend with, especially in the hotter and more humid regions of the country.

Greasy heel is characterised by greasy, cracked or inflamed skin on the heels and rear of the pasterns.

Spring Feeding Horses

Too fat, too thin: how is your horse looking after the winter months?

Plan Ahead to Avoid Weaning Woes

For something that happens every year, weaning never seems to take on the status of 'just another day's work'. You can minimise problems by weaning at the optimum time and by implementing a sound nutritional plan for mares and foals both before and after weaning.

Managing Horses with Airway Disease

'Heaves' is a condition somewhat similar to asthma in humans. The scientific name for the problem is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It can also be known as recurrent airway disease or recurrent airway obstruction.

Feeding the Broodmare

Mares should be fed differently during early pregnancy, late pregnancy, and lactation. By understanding the mare's nutrient needs during each stage of her reproductive cycle, a suitable and cost effective feeding program can be designed and implemented.

Paterson’s Curse Poisoning In Horses

Paterson’s Curse is a plant that is extremely toxic to horses, most commonly resulting in chronic liver failure due to repeated intake of the plant when pasture is scarce, such as after a drought or a fire.

Keeping Miniature Horses Healthy by Managing Diet

They're tiny, cute, and appealing. Just looking at a Miniature Horse makes you want to give it a cuddle and a treat! Unfortunately, obesity is a common and deadly problem.

Gastric Ulcers in Horses

Every horse owner appreciates the delicate nature of the equine gut, with colic being a major fear. What may be surprising to many is how often the stomach is affected and the the incidence of gastric ulcers is extremely high.

Leave the Clippings on the Lawn

The potential problems associated with feeding lawn clippings far outweigh the benefits. Certainly there's nothing wrong with offering your four-legged friend a treat, but it’s safest to stick to the usual gustatory delights such as carrots and apples.

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