Greasy heel is characterised by greasy, cracked or inflamed skin on the heels and rear of the pasterns.
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.
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.
'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.
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 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.
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.
Some horses just seem to get fat on bitumen! Basic feeding rules demand that each horse be fed as an individual and the problems of the overweight horse highlight just how difficult some individuals can be to feed.
If you are feeding a number of horses, it is important to be aware of changes in work and to keep a close eye on body condition. Horses are individuals and their nutritional requirements are just as unique as their personalities.
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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