Written by Stephanie Davis, DVM
It is easy to think that if your horse is healthy and has no outward sign of respiratory inflammation or disease, that steaming hay is not necessary.
Of course, we all used to feed our horses dry hay "back in the day." However, I also remember many times back then where I would not feed hay because it seemed too dusty or the horses wouldn't eat the hay because it was not palatable.
These are issues that we still deal with today!
Even if you spend a lot of money on high ... Read More
Horses today are living longer and well into old age and many older horses are continuing to event and compete well into their late teens and sometimes beyond. If you are lucky enough to own an experienced older schoolmaster, then you’ll probably want to know how to provide the best diet and nutrition to keep them eventing and competing to a high standard.
Lisa Elliott (MSc), nutritionist at Castle Horse Feeds, shares some essential dietary tips to keep your veteran eventer healthy and performing well throughout their golden years.
Supply good-quality, easily digestible ... Read More
By Dr. David Marlin
What is fatigue?
In the context of horse sport, we use fatigue to describe the inability of a horse to continue to perform at the desired level. This may be manifested as a slowing down or not being able to jump as high or performing poorer movements as a test, course or race progresses. Fatigue in this context is different from exhaustion, which can result in an inability for a horse to even take another step or remain standing upright. Fatigue is a protective mechanism there to try and prevent a ... Read More
McTimoney practitioner, Dr Emma Punt presented a ground-breaking concept for post-trauma care last week at the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association (BARTA) conference at the University College Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, California.
Emma shared her vision for how vets and McTimoney therapists should rethink how they approach post-trauma care following transportation accidents with her ‘Golden Time’ treatment concept. In the UK 52% of transport incidents involving horses result in a horse being hurt and of these 30% are left with chronic issues.
“In recent years I’ve seen increasing numbers ... Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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