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.

CASTLE FEEDS – Water, the forgotten nutrient…

The right nutrition is essential to keep your eventer happy, healthy and performing well and good nutrition revolves around including the correct levels of nutrients. There are six so-called ‘essential’ nutrients in the horse’s diet: carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and water –  yet water is easily the most essential. Despite its importance, water is frequently overlooked when considering a horse’s dietary needs and is often referred to as the ‘forgotten nutrient’, when it should be the main one.  Lisa Elliott MSc – nutritionist at Castle Horse Feeds – gives us some insights into ... Read More

TOP TIPS FROM INTERNATIONAL GROOM – SHELLY GILBERT

This month we look at clipping. The time of year has come to think about clipping your horse. When your horse is worked you will find that he will get hotter quicker and sweat more, therefore will take longer to dry. You may also find your horse may loose weight if hairy and working hard. Before you begin clipping, make sure your clippers are in good working order and have been regularly maintained. Make sure you have a sharpened set of blades and spare set to hand. Before using your clippers on your horse just run them so the horse gets used ... Read More

HAYGAIN – Reducing the Incidence of IAD in Horses

 Inflammatory Airway Disease or IAD is a respiratory disease that typically affects young horses, as early as one year of age. This disease is tricky to diagnose as affected horses typically do not show increased respiratory efforts at rest. The exact cause is unknown, but is thought to be associated with inhalation of irritants like stable dust and air pollution. Most horses with IAD will develop a lingering cough but no fever. Affected horses may be training fine but don’t perform well in competition and may also take longer to recover normal breathing. As ... Read More

REBECCA THOM – McTimoney Animal & Equine Touch Practitioner

Being a McTimoney Animal & Equine Touch Practitioner, no two days are the same. Every day brings new challenges and we are forever learning and evolving with the animals we see.  McTimoney is a chiropractic technique which is very gentle but extremely effective. It uses low force, high velocity adjustments to realign the skeletal sustem including the pelvis and shoulders to maintain health and aid correct function if the nervous system.  The Equine Touch is a soft tissue modaility using vibrational moves over muscles, tendons and ligaments. I work along ... Read More

Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome, do you know the signs?

Don't you think prevention is better than cure? As horse owners, it is your responsibility to provide the best nutrition for your horse, this means that it is your responsibility to research and understand what they should be eating. It should not be a case of just going to the feed store a picking up a bag with a pretty horse on it nor should it be a case of buying what is cheapest. There is an awful lot of information on the Internet to enable you to make your own informed decisions. Yes, sometimes ... Read More

TOP TIPS FROM INTERNATIONAL GROOM – SHELLY GILBERT

This month we look at care of the horse after strenuous exercise. Cross country. Horses are athletes, they are built for endurance, speed and efficiency. Their muscles use a lot of energy, and a very large amount of that energy is released as heat. The heat causes the body temperature to rise and respiration increase. Cold water cooling. Apply cold water to all parts of the horses body, paying particular attention to the large muscles. Ice cold water is great. Scrape and reapply cold water regularly. It is important that large amounts of water does not sit on the horses coat as ... Read More

Castle Horse Feeds – Feeding for Eventing – The Basics

With the Eventing season in full swing, the right nutrition can be just as important to success as the right training. Getting the diet right can make that all important difference, so follow these guidelines from Lisa Elliot MSc – nutritionist at Castle Horse Feeds – to achieve optimum health and performance in your eventer.  Fibre Just as for all horses, forage (grass, hay and/or haylage) should always be the main part and foundation of your event horse’s diet. Horses have evolved over many years to consume a continuous fibrous diet, so even the hardest ... Read More

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