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Animal Care Articles


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

Putting Weight on Skinny Horses

Sometimes, trying to get weight on a poor doer can feel like banging your head against the wall. Sometimes the answer can be as simple as feeding more calories, and sometimes the problem, or static or dropping weight, requires a deeper probe.

Queensland Itch in Horses
Horses are often hassled by an itchy, annoying skin condition known as 'Queensland Itch' or 'Sweet Itch'.

Rain scald, also known as "mud fever", is a skin condition that is most common in warm, humid areas and wet, rainy seasons.

Nutrition and particularly changes in feeding are often associated with colic. A recent survey identified the following risk factors that increased the chances of a horse being treated for a colic emergency.

Rules of Feeding: Changing Feeds

Most horse owners are aware that when feeds need to be changed, for whatever reason, it's best not to do it overnight. But they may not know why it's not right to do it that way or how to do it in the best and safest way for the horse.

Some conditions are easily corrected if attended to quickly, some are heritable, some are due to poor hygiene, and others occur because of faulty management, such as feeding.

Spring Feeding Horses

Too fat, too thin: how is your horse looking after the winter months? Condition scoring is an ideal way to assess your horse's weight and make any changes to the diet if needed.

Summer Feeding of Horses

Owning horses can be an absolute pleasure in the summertime, but just like the other seasons, summer feeding has its own problems to contend with, especially in the hotter and more humid regions of the country.

Summer sores develop from the deposition of Habronema worm larvae in fresh wounds and moist areas of the horse's eyes and sheath by infected house and stable flies.

Sunburn (Solar Dermatitis) in Horses

Horses with areas of non-pigmented skin on their noses, around the eyes and backline, and even the heels are at risk of suffering sunburn (solar dermatitis) when grazing.

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