Equine Articles

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? Condition scoring is an ideal way to assess your horse's weight and make any changes to the diet if needed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Arthritis Among Horses

Horses, like humans, often must endure the uncomfortable, creaky movement that is characteristic of joint inflammation, more commonly referred to as simply arthritis.

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.

Rules of Feeding: Changing Feeds

Most horse owners are aware that when feeds need to be changed, for whatever reason, it's best not to do it overnight. But they may not know why it's not right to do it that way or how to do it in the best and safest way for the horse.

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