Health care information to keep your horse sound and in good condition.
Chewing rails, feeders and doors is a common habit in horses confined to stables and yards when fed mainly on concentrate diets.
Colic is one of the most common health problems affecting horses and can often be related to nutritional mismanagement.
Colic refers to any condition causing signs of abdominal pain in horses. Following are some steps you can take to reduce the risk of colic attacks.
Good conformation covers many of those attributes by which horsemen through experience have related to a trouble-free show, performance or breeding horse.
Normal horses bear between 60% and 65% of their weight on the forelegs. Proper angulation of the limbs as well as proper length of long bones are necessary to stop future problems arising.
The hindlimbs are responsible for the major propulsion of the horse and any changes to a less than good conformation can lead to lameness problems, especially in immature horses.
Every breeding season, new broodmare owners join the ranks of seasoned breeders and find difficulty coming to terms with all the complications, disappointments, expenses and frustrations of trying to successfully breed a mare to produce a foal.
Colic is one of the most dangerous and costly equine medical problems, estimated to occur in 1 of every 10 horses each year.
Crib-biting and wood chewing are vices or stereotypies, repetitive behaviours that seem to have no obvious purpose.
Horses become dehydrated because of inadequate fluid replacement following losses through sweating, drooling, respiration, normal excretion) and diarrhoea.