Health care information to keep your horse sound and in good condition.
For something that happens every year, weaning never seems to take on the status of 'just another day's work'. You can minimise problems by weaning at the optimum time and by implementing a sound nutritional plan for mares and foals both before and after weaning.
'Heaves' is a condition somewhat similar to asthma in humans. The scientific name for the problem is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It can also be known as recurrent airway disease or recurrent airway obstruction.
Mares should be fed differently during early pregnancy, late pregnancy, and lactation. By understanding the mare's nutrient needs during each stage of her reproductive cycle, a suitable and cost effective feeding program can be designed and implemented.
Paterson’s Curse is a plant that is extremely toxic to horses, most commonly resulting in chronic liver failure due to repeated intake of the plant when pasture is scarce, such as after a drought or a fire.
There are certain "do's" and "don'ts" that should be observed when feeding horses. Proper feeding management ensures that a horse will maintain vitality and health and receive maximum benefit from its ration.
Chewing rails, feeders and doors is a common habit in horses confined to stables and yards when fed mainly on concentrate diets.
Liver fluke is an internal parasite that can infect and damage the livers and reduce the overall productivity of sheep, cattle, horses, pigs, goats, alpacas and deer.
Hendra virus infection is a disease caused by the Hendra virus (HeV) which affects horses and humans. Horses develop an acute respiratory or neurological syndrome that quickly leads to death in most cases.
Colic is one of the most common health problems affecting horses and can often be related to nutritional mismanagement.
Congratulations, you have successfully managed to get your mare in foal! Here's some advice on what to do prior to, during and after the big event.