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.

Mega Omegas for Horses

pegus 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

Rooibos for horses

HERBAL HORSE LOGO We have always known that Rooibos was healthy. But, honestly, the benefits that research is now showing Rooibos to have are surprising everyone. Most of these studies are human, animal or in vitro studies, but there is nothing that shouldn’t carry over to horses. Rooibos, aka Aspalathus linearis, is unique to South Africa. The Khoi tribes in the mountainous Cedarburg region of the Western Cape were the first to brew it into a tea. Since then, South Africans have continued to enjoy this tea and lately, Rooibos has become a vibrant ... Read More

Give your horse a Winter MOT with Jemma Sayers Performance Horse Therapy

15354140_426915994363572_341474180_o-png Looking after our horses is vital to their and our success, Horses are not designed to be ridden  although many of them adapt surprisingly well and selective and careful breeding over the years has supported this. Getting to know our horses, learning to spot any potential issues and teaching our horses to work in a correct manner that enables them to work and support the rider effectively. By learning to identify our horses vital signs we can help keep them happy, healthy and even prolong their careers in what ever discipline we choose. Horses have ... Read More

How to read your horse’s body language…

Viovet New   Courtesy of  VioVet’s Hannah Dyball… As a horse owner, you may sometimes wish you had the ability to speak the equine language to decipher what your horse is trying to tell you. But actually, understanding their body language is enough, as horses rely on very sophisticated body language to communicate with us and also with each other. There may be the occasional neigh, whinny or snort but on the whole, horses don’t vocalise as we do. Instead they pin back their ears, flare their nostrils, and generally change their body posture when they are ... Read More

Molly Shepherd-Boden – Boots for your horse: Shoe many too choose from!

screen-shot-2016-11-19-at-14-26-22 As they say, a Lady cannot have too many pairs of shoes. Indeed, this is now the case for horses, as in the expanding market, more and more products are now available to protect your horses precious legs. Such developments are crucial to the competitive sport, but also to the typical owner, whom wants to avoid extortionate vet bills and the horror of box rest. A horse only has one pair of legs; well two if we’re being technical, but it is pivotal to protect them whilst still having fun hopping hedges and the occasional white board, though this tends ... Read More

What to look for in a good equine joint supplement

    Courtesy of  VioVet’s Hannah Dyball… We all want our horses to have sound joints but due to the nature of modern riding and competing, joint health isn’t always guaranteed. Repetitive action places unnatural stress on bones and joints, which can lead to degenerative diseases and sudden traumas. Poor joint health can be the result of many things, from unbalanced shoeing and improper saddle fit, to over-working young horses and the simple wear-and-tear of old age. Quite often inadequate nutrition has a part to play, which is why supplementation can be beneficial. Read More

What is new in the world of animal back care?

Eulalia Speaight, Amanda Purchas and Lucy Bounden Science is constantly challenging or confirming what we know from daily practice, where we know what works when treating animals and seeing a return to optimal health and performance. McTimoney Animal Practitioners are at the forefront of this research, constantly looking to learn more about our animal friends and how to provide the best possible care, in our role in therapists and in the aftercare we give for owners to carry out too. This year has seen several studies undertaken by McTimoney Animal Practitioners relating to back care and pain in animals, presented at prestigious International conferences. These include ... Read More

Vitamin E and Selenium protect cells from oxidative damage

pegus Vitamin E and selenium function jointly in protecting body cells from oxidation-induced damage. Low levels of selenium can partly be replaced by higher levels of vitamin E and vice versa, but they can never totally replace each other. Selenium deficiency is a constant threat where soils are low in selenium, as in Scandinavia and the British Isles. Biological oxidation In order to extract the chemical energy bound in organic nutrients like fat and carbohydrate, all animals use oxygen from the air in a process called biological oxidation. Carbon dioxide and water are formed ... Read More

Mean Girls: Mares Behaving Badly

HERBAL HORSE LOGO On average, your mare’s oestrus cycle will last about 21 days. The period where she is “in season” or “hot” is when she ovulates. Figure one shows the role that the hormones play in this cycle. When she is in season (about 7 days usually), many mares show several changes in behaviour.  They will seek out a stallion and display their receptiveness to that stallion in various ways. They might be tender in places. Or they might be less responsive to the aids. Some mares, however, show extreme changes in behaviour during ... Read More

Keep your horse hydrated with electrolytes

Viovet New   Courtesy of  VioVet’s Hannah Dyball… Electrolytes are fundamental for healthy cellular processes and, without them, we would really suffer. This is no different for horses; in fact, electrolyte deficiencies are heightened in horses because they sweat such considerable amounts during exercise, especially in hot weather. If the electrolytes aren’t replaced, a horse can quickly become dehydrated and listless, with severe dehydration even damaging its internal organs. But what are electrolytes and why are they so important? Electrolytes are minerals like salts that dissolve in the blood and tissues of the body. Their primary Read More