EQUINE WELLBEING

We all want our horses to perform and feel at their best. From supplements, to physio and non-invasive treatments EWW brings you the best advice from our team of professional experts.

TOP TIPS FROM INTERNATIONAL GROOM – SHELLY GILBERT

This month we look at quarter marks. Quarter marks are done on the hind quarters of a horse. They are really cool patterns and you can do so many designs!! Some people use stencils and some do them by free hand. You can get customised stencils to your liking, I.e a business logo, Union Jack, chamrock etc.  Tools:  a firm small bristled brush , a spray bottle with fly spray, quick braid or something similar, water is always good.  Racing stripes.  These are probably the most common and easiest to do, and also my most go to of choice. ... Read More

A SADDLER’S VIEW – Lindsey Cheffings

Being a rider as well as a saddle fitter, I often face the same problems as many riders do - seeing the frustrated conversations in the warm up, listening to the reoccurring conversations of “Why can’t he just jump clear”, “Why does he always run through his right shoulder?”, “Why does he grab the left side of the bit?”, “Why can’t I control the straightness, the power?” and the question I’m always asked by clients over and over again is “Can the saddle affect the horse’s performance?” and my answer to this is always “Yes of course.” When we ask horses to ... Read More

Liver disease in horses

The liver makes up around 1% of the horse's total bodyweight and is probably the most important organ in the body since every other organ depends on it. It works closely with the digestive system and has an array of different functions: Blood from the intestinal tract is drained to the liver where nutrients can be stored or metabolised to produce energy. It maintains blood glucose levels. It excretes harmful toxins or drugs from the body. It produces bile to aid fat digestion. It produces blood clotting factors. It produces extra blood cells ... Read More

A parrot mouth does not have to condemn a horse – BILL LOMAS

Knowledge, has bred two foals. I first saw her whilst working on some horses at a dealing and livery yard. I caught a glimpse of this scrawny little horse in the corner of a stable, and for a brief second I thought it was a donkey. Her body was so weak and frail, but her eyes were so bright and her ears pricked forward. From just looking at the shape of her muzzle, it was obvious that she had severe overbite, or parrot mouth, as we call it. I mentioned this to the dealer, but she seemed more concerned about whether ... Read More

LOOKING AFTER THE EVENT HORSE – with CHILDERIC UK and Gemma Tattersalls

When it comes to keeping your event horse looking and feeling his best throughout the busy season, Childéric Saddles ambassador and top international eventer Gemma Tattersall has some great tips and advice to ensure that your horse remains happy and healthy. “One of the key factors when looking after the event horse is consistency and keeping a good regime. I cannot stress how important this is for any horse but especially event horses. Obviously this needs to fit ... Read More

Sweet Itch

Sweet Itch in horses is caused by an allergic reaction to bites from the Culicoides biting midge.  (There is another rarer variation (occurring on the neck and belly midline) which can be caused by a parasite, Onchocerca, but we aren’t dealing with that here.) How do you deal with this problem? My suggestion is a multi-pronged approach: Spray Your normal fly sprays probably aren’t going to help keep the midges at bay here. Rather use Eucalyptus oil diluted about 100:1 in water. You can also cover the effected spots with a heavy cream ... Read More

TOP TIPS FROM INTERNATIONAL GROOM – SHELLY GILBERT

    33 year old Shelly Gilbert from Devon, has been a professional groom for over 10 years working for Lucy McCarthy nee Wiegersma and Irish event rider Padraig McCarthy. Shelly's attention to detail and high standard of turnout has seen her groom at numerous national and international events ranging from BE 90 to the most prestigious 4*in the world along with grooming for the British Junior Team. Shelly is now a freelance groom and will be bringing EWW readers her top tips for meticulous turnout and care of your event horse. If you have any questions for ... Read More

Feeding for Soundness

A horse’s diet definitely influences his chances of staying sound. And, as in most things to do with horses, the answer to a healthy horse is a delicate balance between performance, condition and soundness. One major way we can easily influence all three of these variables is by feeding for soundness. I believe we need to focus on these 5 areas: Healthy growth in youngsters Gut health Hoof quality Health musculoskeletal system Stress management Feeding the Youngster Young horses often develop a bone and joint disorder called DOD (Developmental Orthopaedic Disease). This is ... Read More

The maintenance requirement for energy

We often use the term “maintenance requirement” believing its meaning to be well understood by most horse people. We might, however, speculate as to what extent this is true. Today most horses are owned, used and fed by people with little or no connection to farming practice or theoretical knowledge about their horse’s nutritional requirements, and how this is to be calculated. Maintenance requirements can be described as the nutrients needed to maintain a body in a steady state. This means that the animal should no longer be growing nor be pregnant or ... Read More

Mega Omegas for Horses

It is only in the past number of years that horse owners have been using fat or oil in their horse’s diets. As fat is relatively rare in forage for horses it may seem to many an unnatural source of energy. But recent research has noted the nutritional benefits for the equine athlete. With many conditions been associated with starch laden diets i.e. tying up, gastric issues, cushing’s, laminitis and joint problems in young horses. Other means of fuelling the horse for performance was undertaken.  It is accepted universally the advantages of feeding ... Read More