Health care information to keep your horse sound and in good condition.
Lice infestations on horses causes skin irritation, self mutilation and loss of condition. Incidence peaks in late winter and spring, recurring annually once lice become established in a stable or paddock.
Feeding management can greatly influence the health of the digestive tract for better or worse. A healthy digestive tract is an integral part of the total well-being of the horse.
'Heaves' is a condition somewhat similar to asthma in humans. The scientific name for the problem is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It can also be known as recurrent airway disease or recurrent airway obstruction.
Lactation tetany or hypocalcemia, which is similar to milk fever in dairy cows, is not common in horses, but does occur occasionally.
Vigilance is urged for horse owners with wet summer conditions leading to increased mosquito activity and a heightened risk of mosquito-borne diseases.
Nitrate accumulation in plants is a potential danger to grazing animals. It can cause two different disorders - nitrate poisoning and nitrite poisoning.
At some stage in their lives, many horse people find themselves with a horse that displays naughty, wilful or playful behaviour. The causes of this behaviour can be many and varied but will often include
The nutritional status of mares is a critical component in foal health from the moment of conception and continues through weaning.
This is an itchy skin condition caused buy an allergic reaction to larval forms of Onchocerca (Neck Threadworm).
There are critical times when nutritional management can impact significantly on the condition and productivity of the mare. This is particularly true at weaning time.