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

Preparation for Foaling

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.

12 Tips for Lowering the Risk of Laminitis in Horses

Laminitis is an inflammatory condition that affects a horse’s hooves. The condition causes intense pain and tissue destruction that often result in the horse’s death.

Keeping Miniature Horses Healthy by Managing Diet

They're tiny, cute, and appealing. Just looking at a Miniature Horse makes you want to give it a cuddle and a treat! Unfortunately, obesity is a common and deadly problem.

Crib-Biting in Foals

Crib-biting and wood chewing are vices or stereotypies, repetitive behaviours that seem to have no obvious purpose.

Can I Feed Them the Same Amount?

If you are feeding a number of horses, it is important to be aware of changes in work and to keep a close eye on body condition. Horses are individuals and their nutritional requirements are just as unique as their personalities.

Milk Fever in Mares
Lactation tetany or hypocalcemia, which is similar to milk fever in dairy cows, is not common in horses, but does occur occasionally.

'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.

There are many underlying causes of colic or abdominal pain in a horse. Although there are are various colic 'drenches' and other colic remedies available, the cause of colic should be established to ensure the appropriate treatment is given. Always consult your vet for advice.

Like so many old-timers, horsemen of yesteryear take pleasure in telling tales. With their tales come nuggets of feeding advice - sometimes sage, sometimes bunk. Here are five common misconceptions laid to rest.

An adequate and balanced diet is essential to sustain exercise capacity for training and regular weekend carnival competition of polocrosse horses.
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