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Has inbreeding reached breaking point?

Has inbreeding reached breaking point?

From winning it in 1964 to being in the pedigree of all 20 runners in the Kentucky Derby fifty years later, Northern Dancer’s impact on the thoroughbred breed continues to grow. And while this ‘sire of sires’ sprinting legacy has been long celebrated, the recent news...

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...

Horses and Floods

Horses and Floods

Horses and floods Floods are one of the most frequent natural disasters that horse owners have to deal with because many of the properties horses are kept in are floodplains. Despite this, it is easy to become complacent. This helpful information has been compiled by...

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,...

How Much Salt? Brought to you by Hygain

How Much Salt? Brought to you by Hygain

Providing your horse with adequate salt each day can go a long way in maintaining hydration which not only safe guards health but supports optimal performance as well. But, how much is enough and, are there risks in giving too much salt? In this article, Claire...

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...

The Horse’s Advocate: Ang Lea

The Horse’s Advocate: Ang Lea

Equine therapy. It had been nine weeks since Cienna had dislocated her shoulder, but when Ang Lea of Horse Fix was called in, the mare was still hobbling on three legs. On top of that, the adjustment in how she was carrying herself was causing secondary problems in...

Biosecurity for Horse Owners

Biosecurity for Horse Owners

Why is a biosecurity plan important for your property? Until 2007, Australia was one of a handful of countries that had never experienced an outbreak of Equine Influenza (EI), a highly contagious viral disease of the respiratory tract. In animals that have been...

Developing a Healthy Topline

Developing a Healthy Topline

Developing a Healthy Topline How to get your horse that perfect topline is what we are all after, but first we must understand what a topline is!  The topline of the horse includes the withers, back loin (or coupling) and croup. Strength of topline and loin muscles...

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