Bit fit. Trained bit fitting consultants now offer horse owners holistic and welfare-centric solutions. Choosing the correct bit for your horse is more challenging than most people might think and, particularly so when your horse is coping with ‘contact issues’ or other training problems you would like to resolve. It
An African Horse Sickness outbreak has ferociously killed hundreds of Thai horses in less than three weeks. How at risk is Australia? In some languages, it’s called “The Equine Plague.” And given its rapid transmission, fierce symptoms, and haunting mortality rates, the “plague” might be a more apt description for
African horse sickness (AHS) is a highly infectious and deadly disease caused by African horse sickness virus. It commonly affects horses, mules, and donkeys. It is caused by a virus of the genus Orbivirus belonging to the family Reoviridae. This disease can be caused by any of the nine serotypes
Before we start with neck stretch exercises, you can read Dr Lena Clifford’s introduction here. Let’s start with the first stretches. If you practice these exercises on a regular basis you will get to know your horse’s body better, improve his/her core strength and spinal health, and help keep your
The Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic hails a looming disaster for horses, livestock and pets (especially small numbers that are personally owned), as unemployed or underemployed people will begin to run out of money and resources, and may not have banked enough hay, feed, supplies and care arrangements for their animals. This
We all know that asthma is a common respiratory disorder in people but, did you know that horses get asthma too? “Equine asthma” is a broad term that has recently been used to describe a spectrum of non-infectious respiratory diseases in horses, previously known as broken wind, heaves, chronic obstructive
Use this year-round guide for managing worms, particularly small strongyles, in healthy, adult horses from the age of 3 years. Young horses, broodmares, seniors and horses with health conditions (e.g. Cushings) require a tailored worm control program. MOST IMPORTANTLY always integrate FECs with good pasture hygiene and horse husbandry strategies.
Pre-purchase veterinary exams: Hindsight is a wonderful thing and buying horses is a risky business. While there is no such thing as a perfect horse, a pre-purchase exam can answer many questions about the likely significance of an abnormality and likely long-term prognosis to protect you, the purchaser, from buying