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

Control Colic Through Management

Colic is one of the most dangerous and costly equine medical problems, estimated to occur in 1 of every 10 horses each year.

Young horses in work may occasionally develop a weeping or crusty rash-like condition under the girth, commonly during wet, humid conditions or where the skin is softened or abraded by an ill-fitting girth.

It is important that all persons responsible for the health care of horses have an understanding of the common worms and how to control them.

Overexertion in Horses

Horses that are properly conditioned for three-day events and endurance rides rarely feel the effects of overexertion. However, those horses whose training regimens are less thoughtfully planned may encounter problems.

Maintaining a Healthy Equine Digestive Tract

Feeding management can greatly influence the health of the digestive tract for better or worse. A healthy digestive tract is an integral part of the total well-being of the horse.

Vigilance is urged for horse owners with wet summer conditions leading to increased mosquito activity and a heightened risk of mosquito-borne diseases.

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?

Perennial Ryegrass Toxicosis

Perennial ryegrass toxicosis (PRGT) can be a serious and widespread problem in livestock grazing perennial ryegrass dominant pastures during the summer and autumn months.

Viral Respiratory Disease In Horses

In Australia, infection with viruses such as the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1 and EHV-4) are a common cause of respiratory disease in horses. The 'stable virus' is essentially an upper respiratory tract viral disease.

Wall break-back is where portions of the hoof wall break out and expose the sensitive laminae. Hoof wall rings are most often due to dramatic feed and work changes, episodes of laminitis or other causes of foot inflammation, or prolonged illness.

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