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Mud fever

Mud fever

The thick glutinous mud at this time of the year makes it doubly important to check your horses’ feet. Shoes get sucked off and the wet can easy set up thrush, which in this damp weather often needs aggressive treatment. Mud fever can be really difficult to manage....
Lottie’s White Line Disease

Lottie’s White Line Disease

When the farrier visited Lottie for a routine trim, he noticed a large area of white line (junction between the wall and the sole) separation (white line disease) (Picture 1 below). This condition is common during wet weather conditions when excessive moisture softens...
Coping with the heat

Coping with the heat

Remember our horses and ponies are not acclimatised to this heat. A few little reminders to keep your horses happy:• Even the best travellers use up energy and can lose body fluids during transport; allow adequate time on arrival at event/show for your horses to...
Advice About Colic

Advice About Colic

Did you know that 90% of colics are ‘medical’? This means that they’re caused by a malfunction of the gut that does not need surgery to reverse.Of these, the majority are either spasmodic colics (gut cramps) or impactions (a bit like constipation), and are...
Beware of sunburn

Beware of sunburn

Forecasts predict another lovely hot weekend. Like us humans horses too can get sun burn, in particular the pink, non pigmented, bits of skin commonly found on the muzzle and legs. Access to shade, sunscreen and covers such as rugs and fly masks can help prevent these...