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Health care information to keep your horse sound and in good condition.

Super Fibres

Augmenting the diets of horses with 'super fibres' will increase the energy content of rations. An added boon to the use of super fibres is the positive effects they have on preserving gastrointestinal health.

Taking Care of the Horse in the Golden Years

At what age is a horse considered geriatric? A general rule is that a horse 18 to 20 years of age is entering the golden years. Geriatrics may require special adaptations in health care, environment and diet.

Tapeworms in Horses

Tapeworms are involved in serious bowel disorders in horses including colic, intestinal blockages and even death. It is therefore very important for tapeworm control to be included in worming programs.

Tendon and Ligament Strains and Sprains

Tendon and ligament strains and sprains are common injuries in the lower limbs of performance horses. Why are tendons and ligaments so susceptible to injury and what is the best treatment for them?

The 'Fizzy' Show and Riding Horse

A common problem experienced by show and competition riders is competition nerves not only in themselves, but also in their mounts.

The Newborn Foal
It is very important to be familiar with the behaviour of a normal healthy foal so one can recognise signs of illness when they occur.

'Tying-Up' in Horses

Researchers estimate that 3 of every 100 performance horses will experience signs consistent with a diagnosis of tying-up. Multiple causes of acute muscle pain and cramping are now recognised and researchers are unraveling the genetic basis for tying-up.

Have you ever considered the gastrointestinal tract of the mouse-chasing tabby that skulks around your stable? Does a 2700kg elephant really have anything in common with your horse, digestive or otherwise?

Learn more about some common conditons that cause dynamic upper respiratory tract obstruction resulting in poor performance in horses.

The common cold, which affects almost all horses and almost certainly affects almost 100% of young competition horses, has been a problem for centuries.
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