Category: Caring for your horse

Worms – a wriggly problem

Every horse owner has heard about the danger of worms but without some knowledge it is hard to understand the full impact of a worm infestation (or burden). Intestinal worms can seriously damage your horse and in some circumstances can kill it, even if the burden is not life-threatening your horse may lose condition. Implementing an... Read more »

Worm control

Every horse owner has heard about the danger of worms but without some knowledge it is hard to understand the full impact of a worm infestation (or burden). Intestinal worms can seriously damage your horse and in some circumstances can kill it, even if the burden is not life-threatening your horse may lose condition. Implementing an effective worm... Read more »

Weight loss

Horses usually maintain a good body condition if offered a good quality diet of hay and pasture. Young horses or horses in hard work may require additional concentrates to meet their nutritional needs and old horses often require a 'senior' feed because wear and tear on their teeth no longer allow them to graze sufficiently.... Read more »

Vaccination protocols and safety

Development of vaccinations has resulted in there being protection available for an increasing number of infectious diseases in horses. Recently concerns have been raised about potential 'over vaccination' of people and animals and this has led to development of the concept of tailored vaccination protocols. If your horse is not likely to be exposed to... Read more »

Vaccinating your horse

Horses are susceptible to a number of serious infectious diseases, e.g. influenza (flu). Fortunately, vaccines are available for some of these common conditions. What is a vaccination? A vaccination is an injection that stimulates an immune response against a specific disease. A vaccination programme will ensure that your horse has maximum protection against these serious... Read more »

Sheath washing – to wash, or not to wash!

Regular washing of a gelding or stallion's sheath and penis is something that horse owners debate on a regular basis. The following information should make the decision "to wash, or not to wash" an easy one! Do I need to wash my horse's sheath? As a general rule there is no need to wash your... Read more »

Senior horse care

It's not only humans that are living longer our horses are too! Improvements in diet, management and veterinary care mean that horses and ponies can easily live into their 20s and 30s. The average age for a horse is about 24 years. Just like young animals, older animals need special care to keep them happy... Read more »

Saying goodbye – options for euthanasia

This is a very sensitive subject but it is important for you to be aware of the reasons for euthanasia, the options available and the possible arrangements for disposal of the body. Learning about euthanasia now will enable you, should it become necessary, to say goodbye to your horse in a dignified and peaceful way.... Read more »

Routine health care

We are all familiar with the phrase "A healthy horse is a happy horse" - but there is probably also something to be said for keeping your horse happy in order to maintain its health. If you know your horse you will probably quickly recognise the signs that suggest it is not well. What are... Read more »

Poisonous plants – what to look out for

Many plants that are poisonous to horses cause neurological and liver damage, which can be life-threatening. Unless you have a good general knowledge of poisonous plants it is unlikely that you will be able to easily identify which plants are poisonous to your horse or not. There are some plants that you will be familiar with,... Read more »