There’s no two ways about it, event horses put a lot of pressure on their joints when training and competing – just watching a horse jump a relatively modest fence and looking at the joints involved proves this. Many eventer's feed a supplement to help support their horse’s joints, to help keep them healthy before a problem presents itself. Others feed joint supplements to help support horses with existing issues. But how do you know what to buy? Here, David Willey, Managing Director of Equimins gives us some handy hints about what to look for.
A look on any forum or ... Read More
Beryl Shuttleworth – The Herbal Horse
We are delighted to introduce Beryl Shuttleworth to the EWW Team. Beryl will be writing some fascinating scientific based articles on the use of supplements in equines. Here are a few words about Beryl herself…
It’s not that easy to write about me – I far prefer writing about horses and biochemistry…… but here goes.
I live in Johannesburg, South Africa, am qualified in Biochemistry and Zoology and run a company called The Herbal Horse (& Pet). We have formulated a very innovative range ... Read More
Our resident supplements writer Beryl Shuttleworth from the The Herbal Horse and Pet kicks off her series with an overview of the science behind an equine allergic reaction.
Have you ever had the experience of bringing your horse in from his field, only to find he is covered with hives? Or crusty little lesions which are compulsively itchy? Or perhaps your horse inexplicably starts to shake her head to the point where she is unrideable? Any of these could be an allergy.
Symptoms range all the way from itchiness to breathing difficulties to a worst case scenario of anaphylactic shock.
The cause of ... Read More
For anyone that doesn’t know me, I’m an enthusiastic rider with 25+ years experience. I studied Equine Science at Chichester university, graduating in 2002. Realising there was no money in teaching, I fell into a career in marketing. Always wanting to mix my love of science and horses, I am now studying Equine and Canine Physiotherapy with The College of Animal Physiotherapy and hope to be fully qualified by next year. My passions are eventing, my horse Anselmo, and equine physiology.
As horse owners, riders and trainers, we all know that stretching, whether under the saddle in a warm-up, or pre ... Read More
EWW welcomes equine vet Gordon Sidlow to the team. Graduating from the University of Glasgow in 1984 Gordon worked for 11 years in large animal practice in mid Devon. In 1996 he moved overseas and took a position with the Hong Kong Jockey Club working in various areas of equine veterinary practice. During his 12 years in Hong Kong he worked in many parts of Asia and was team vet for both Hong Kong and China at a variety of international competitions. He then served as FEI veterinary delegate at the ... Read More
As we move into the middle of the eventing season, we hope to find that the weather improves and with it the ground conditions may get firmer.
Many events make excellent preparations to allow for this and make sure the ground is as optimal as possible. However we may still find that the ground is still firmer than ground conditions at the start and end of the season.
Hard ground can put an increased amount of force on the horse's joints and soft tissues, in particular the lower joints such as the coffin joints, pastern joints and fetlock joints. As the surface ... Read More
The 2015 eventing season is already upon us and under way. An unexpected injury can put a halt to best made plans, and preventing injuries can help improve horse welfare, reduce costs and can help stay on track for eventing plans.
Fitness can not be underestimated. Tired horses can often trip, fall and stumble and it has been shown that tired horses are more likely to injure themselves. It is very important that horses are appropriately fit for the level and activity that they are expected to do.
This fittening work is not just important for the horses aerobic and cardiovascular fitness ... Read More