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Animal Care Articles


Health care information to keep your horse sound and in good condition.

Overexertion in Horses

Horses that are properly conditioned for three-day events and endurance rides rarely feel the effects of overexertion. However, those horses whose training regimens are less thoughtfully planned may encounter problems.

If a horse sweats a little, access to a generous amount of high-quality hay and a salt block will provide sufficient electrolytes.

Paterson’s Curse Poisoning In Horses

Paterson’s Curse is a plant that is extremely toxic to horses, most commonly resulting in chronic liver failure due to repeated intake of the plant when pasture is scarce, such as after a drought or a fire.

Perennial Ryegrass Toxicosis

Perennial ryegrass toxicosis (PRGT) can be a serious and widespread problem in livestock grazing perennial ryegrass dominant pastures during the summer and autumn months.

Pica is the desire to eat unusual substances that possess little or no nutritional value, such as dirt, wood, hair, and faeces. This phenomenon has been observed in horses of all ages, breeds, and sexes.

Plan Ahead to Avoid Weaning Woes

For something that happens every year, weaning never seems to take on the status of 'just another day's work'. You can minimise problems by weaning at the optimum time and by implementing a sound nutritional plan for mares and foals both before and after weaning.

Practical Feeding Hints for Horses

There are certain "do's" and "don'ts" that should be observed when feeding horses. Proper feeding management ensures that a horse will maintain vitality and health and receive maximum benefit from its ration.

Preparation for Foaling

Congratulations, you have successfully managed to get your mare in foal! Here's some advice on what to do prior to, during and after the big event.

There are many different views on how mares should be presented at the stud farm at the commencement of, and during, the breeding season.

Protect Your Horse from Back Pain

Back pain in horses can be subtle or obvious. It can manifest as shifting lameness or just a generally sour attitude and is sometimes tricky to diagnose and hard to relieve.

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