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

Increased daylight for mares in the winter months can help overcome the lower ovulation rate that occurs during the early part of the breeding season.

Optimal Broodmare Nutrition

There are critical times when nutritional management can impact significantly on the condition and productivity of the mare. This is particularly true at weaning time.

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.

Daily inspection and cleaning out of the hooves (before and after exercise) is essential to avoid hoof problems that can result in lameness.

Of all the domesticated animals, horses seem to be most prone to development of dental abnormalities for a number of reasons.

Food for Thought

Grass, hay, and grain go in one end of the horse and what's left comes out the other... what more does anyone need to know?

Conditions of the frog and adjacent structures, such as canker and thrush, are predominantly seen in horses kept under unhygienic wet conditions.

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.

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.

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?

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