WORMS & PARASITES

Let’s Talk About Horse Poo

Let’s Talk About Horse Poo

Anyone who has ever had to look after a horse for any length of time knows that they produce a lot of manure. In fact, a 500kg horse defecates about 4-13 times a day, producing 15.5 to 22.5kg of faeces and urine daily, which adds up to 8 metric tons a year! While...

Feeding the ‘Hot’ and ‘Fizzy’ Horse

Feeding the ‘Hot’ and ‘Fizzy’ Horse

Most horse owners have heard the terms ‘feeling their oats', ‘high’, ‘fizzy’, ‘hot’ and ‘hyper’ all used to describe the effect grain or certain feeds seem to have on the behaviour of some horses.  Does feeding management or individual feed ingredients really...

Feeding the Senior Horse

Feeding the Senior Horse

The nutritional management of the senior horse is challenging as there is no set criteria that defines ‘old age’ or the ‘senior’ horse. The nutrient requirements of senior horses differ from other classes of horses because of the changes in metabolic and digestive...

Benefits of Feeding Fats to Horses

Benefits of Feeding Fats to Horses

Enhancing horse productivity and wellbeing has drawn considerable interest in feeding fat supplemented diets to horses. Much of this interest has been prompted by a significant amount of research on the subject over the last 10 years.  Whilst several unknown aspects...

Feeding Horses During Drought

Feeding Horses During Drought

Droughts are part of life for horse owners in Australia. Each drought brings its own set of difficulties. How well you survive drought will depend on the initial plan of action and the modifications undertaken to your strategy as the drought progresses. Planning and...

Learn to Recognise the Early Signs of Laminitis

Learn to Recognise the Early Signs of Laminitis

There is a lot still to learn about laminitis but, for the horse, extreme pain is the eventual result.  The changes to the hoof capsule that happen after full-on laminitic event are well-known and easier to recognise.  Lameness, in some cases severe and the angle...

Feeding for Coat Shine

Feeding for Coat Shine

Everyone wants to see their horses with a sleek, glowing coat and not only for aesthetic reasons, but also because the quality of a horse’s hair coat is directly related to his overall health. Providing the horse with plenty of roughage and a balanced diet along with...

Stifle Lameness

Stifle Lameness

The stifle is the largest and most complex joint in the horse and, as such, it is an important cause of hindlimb lameness. Equivalent to the human knee, the stifle is controlled by some of the most powerful muscles in the horse’s hindquarters and is subject to...

Vaccination in Horses

Vaccination in Horses

The mantra that prevention is better than cure is recited so often these days that it is fast becoming a cliché. It is true though, and vaccination is probably the cardinal example of this. By priming your horse’s immune system before it is exposed to a disease, it...

Mycotoxins in Horse Feeds

Mycotoxins in Horse Feeds

Mycotoxins are poisonous compounds that are naturally produced by certain types of moulds (fungi) which can contaminate horse feed and pasture plants. Although contamination of commercial horse feeds is not very common in Australia, it can occur, particularly under...

Pre-purchase Veterinary Exam

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...

Horse Joints and Supplements

Horse Joints and Supplements

Horse Joints and Supplements: Joint issues are one of the major issues that all horse owners face. This article aims to provide a general understanding of basic concepts around joint health.  Importantly, the take home message from this article is that, when it comes...

Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium Essential Oil Biological Name: Pelagonium graveolens Parts Used: Leaves and flowers Essential Oil Method of Extraction: Steam distillation. Geranium Essential Oil Scent: Floral, fresh, strong and sweet with a fruity note. Constituents: beta-caryophyllene,...

Joint Disease and Treatment

Joint Disease and Treatment

Joint Disease. Lameness is one of the top three areas of equine veterinary medicine, along with colic and reproduction. Joint disease is the most common cause of lameness and results from pain during movement. The onset of pain can be sudden or long-term, and may...

Skullcap

Skullcap

Skullcap Name: Skullcap Biological Name: Scutellaria laterifolia Skullcap Parts Used: Aerial parts (leaves and stem). Contains: Aglycone, baicalein, baicalin, bioflavonoids, bitter iridoids, calcium, carbohydrates, fats, fibre, flavonoid glycosides, glycosides,...

Feeding for Weight Gain

Feeding for Weight Gain

Feeding for weight gain: Some horses do not maintain their bodyweight easily and it can prove a real challenge to keep them at an ideal weight. Ultimately, your horse’s ribs should not be visible, but they should be easily felt if you run your hand along your horse’s...

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