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Category Archives: Equine Health

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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Training: 6 Tips for Staying Sound This Summer

Keeping your horse sound all summer is not always easy, especially if you have a busy riding schedule.  Check the ground. If the mercury rises and the turf dries out the ground can turn rock solid, if you’re eventing, jumping, or doing dressage on grass be careful and consider the going. If you’re hacking with cantering/galloping work find an all-weather gallop to help … Continue reading

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10 Top Hacking Fitness Tips

Hacking brings plenty of mental and physical benefits for both horse and rider and will help improve fitness and well-being across all areas. Most riders feel more motivated to do more in milder weather, including competing, and as many of us have only lightly maintained our horses’ fitness through the long, wet winter now is the time to increase and vary work … Continue reading

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The Truth About Laminitis: Dispelling the Myths

Laminitis is a subject that is on the mind of many horse owners, and especially as we head into spring. A debilitating disease with severe welfare and economic impacts, it is not yet fully understood and is often difficult to treat and manage. Recent research has helped elucidate the causes, and a relatively new proposal of the different types has … Continue reading

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Respiratory Health: How Winter Affects Your Horse

Introduction Good respiratory health is particularly important for performance horses who gallop, e.g. racehorses and eventers, since they rely on clear, healthy airways to deliver large amounts of oxygen during exercise. After lameness, respiratory problems are the most common cause of poor performance. Some physiologists have stated that the respiratory system may be the ultimate limiting factor to high intensity … Continue reading

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Katie Jerram’s Top Tips on Winter Maintenance for Summer Success

Top showing producer Katie Jerram shares her tips for maintaining horses through the winter months in order to have them in the best condition for the show season. Katie’s 7 top tips: 1. Encourage coat changes. I like to let the animal grow a winter coat through November and December and then in late January I put another two layers on … 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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Producing Top Class Youngsters: Feeding Facts to Remember

If you want to produce a top-class youngster, start early and bear these 6 tips in mind… Foals do most of their growing and developing in the final 3 months of gestation so be sure to feed the mare a well-balanced diet during this time and add a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement if she’s not being fed the full recommended … Continue reading

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Better Training Tips: How To Warm-Up and Cool-Down Correctly

When working your horse it is important to remember that the warm-up and cool-down phases are as crucial as the exercises you work on, this will support better performance and wellbeing long term. When working on the flat (or over jumps), follow these tips to help improve your horse’s flexibility, development and overall performance: As soon as you get on allow … Continue reading

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