Horse Health (Page 3)

and Wellbeing

two horses together. horse behaviours, horse friends. African Horse Sickness outbreak may be a threat to Australian horses

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 forRead More →

African horse sickness (AHS) is a highly infectious and deadly disease. It affects horses, mules, and donkeys. Zebras carry the disease but are rarely affected.

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 serotypesRead More →

Target training - woman using clicker training to train stretches with black horse. Neck Stretch

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 yourRead More →

An endoscopic examination of a horse's airway

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 obstructiveRead More →

Horse management through the seasons. managing worms in horses.

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.Read More →

A veterinarian listens to the heart rate of a chesnut horse. pre-purchase veterinary exam

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 buyingRead More →