Horses are often hassled by an itchy, annoying skin condition known as 'Queensland Itch' or 'Sweet Itch'.
Everybody knows horses need forage and grain...but how much? How often? What kind? What else?
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.
Crib-biting and wood chewing are vices or stereotypies, repetitive behaviours that seem to have no obvious purpose.
Researchers estimate that 3 of every 100 performance horses will experience signs consistent with a diagnosis of tying-up. Multiple causes of acute muscle pain and cramping are now recognised and researchers are unraveling the genetic basis for tying-up.
Colic refers to any condition causing signs of abdominal pain in horses. Following are some steps you can take to reduce the risk of colic attacks.
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.
It is useful to be aware of the normal values for the vital signs of your horse.
There are many underlying causes of colic or abdominal pain in a horse. Although there are are various colic 'drenches' and other colic remedies available, the cause of colic should be established to ensure the appropriate treatment is given. Always consult your vet for advice.
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.