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Does Your Horse Yawn?

We understand yawning to be a sign of tiredness or boredom, but it’s not always the case. A horse that yawns, or curls his top lip regularly (The Flehmen response), could actually be affected by gastric disturbances. This is a common behaviour for horses that smell a unknown, or particularly strong smell, but it needs investigation if a horse displays the … Continue reading

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18 Valuable Tips for Feeding of Laminitics

Vets, research workers and and experienced horse handlers all agree that management of a laminitic is everything. There is no cure, therefore avoiding the disease in the first place is important, and experts agree that careful management could drastically reduce the number of cases. 18 tips to help manage a laminitic: Most importantly horses and ponies should never be overfed … Continue reading

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How to Help Manage Cribbing Through Diet

Are you trying to manage a crib-biter or wind-sucker? Understanding stereotypies and considering implementing the following will help… • Limit starchy feed such as course mix and grains • Turnout as much as possible • Offer ad-lib forage at all times (soak if you need to reduce energy content) • Don’t use collars • Feed an antacid • Turnout with … Continue reading

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Coat Care: Must Do’s Before Spring

Out Shine the Competition! Prepare for the ultimate coat this show season. Whether you are producing horses and ponies for the show ring, or simply want to achieve five star turnout, thinking about coat health before your horse starts changing his coat is important. Optimising his diet and then managing his rugging routine correctly will allow him to produce a healthy, shiny, … Continue reading

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6 Tips for Coping with Condition Loss in Winter

Coping with Condition Loss in Your Horse During winter when grass is in short supply and many horses are stabled for much of their time, it is common for horses to drop condition. If you notice any changes within your horse such as dropping away, or a dull coat remind yourself to check the following:   Have you had your … Continue reading

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