Health care information to keep your horse sound and in good condition.
Daily inspection and cleaning out of the hooves (before and after exercise) is essential to avoid hoof problems that can result in lameness.
A hundred years ago, feeding horses was simple. Farmers and trainers went to the feed store, bought a bag of oats or corn, and gave their horses a scoop or two every day. Nutrition management isn’t as easy for today’s horse owner.
Young horses in work may occasionally develop a weeping or crusty rash-like condition under the girth, commonly during wet, humid conditions or where the skin is softened or abraded by an ill-fitting girth.
Greasy heel is characterised by greasy, cracked or inflamed skin on the heels and rear of the pasterns.
Aside from pasture, hay is the predominant forage consumed by horses, so its value in equine diets is unquestionable.
Tracking down the reason for this annoying (and occasionally dangerous) behaviour can be a lengthy and difficult chore. Asking questions about the horse’s habits is the first step in solving the puzzle.
The wear and tear on horses' joints caused by training and competing can be offset by the use of joint supplements.
One of the most important benefits to emerge from the use of “worm paste” worming has been the lower occurrence of colic in the horse.
Determining why a horse has decreased appetite or inappetence can be difficult, especially if it is the only clinical sign the horse is showing.
Cracks or splits in the hoof wall can result from drying out of the hooves with cracks from the ground surface up, or a 'fault line' crack that grows down the wall.