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Your horse’s back is a highly developed structure that provides both range of motion and stability for your horse to excel in athletic performance and perform all functional movements. It is crucial the integrity of your horse’s back remains healthy and pain-free at all times. Any restriction or pain can impact not only your horse’s performance, but may also negatively affect your horse’s nature.


When it comes to extreme weather events or the possibility of an emergency animal disease outbreak, it’s not so much a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’. Every year, somewhere in our region is impacted to some extent by a natural disaster - be it cyclones and floods in the north, fires in the south or earthquakes in New Zealand. 


A common problem seen when we have rain. Lets see what our 4 experts have to say about it. by Dr Craig Simon BVSc, All Horses Vet Services The skin normally provides a protective barrier to the body, but if this barrier is broken, infection can occur resulting in scabby and inflamed legs. A common site for this infection to occur is on the back of the pasterns or heel areas, and white haired areas are often involved.


Mariette van den Berg - Equine Nutritionist


Head shy horses are seen everywhere, we ask 4 experts to help explain why horses are or become head shy.   by Grant Harris, BVSc Grad Dip (An Chiro),Member: Australian Veterinary Chiropractors Assoc. Sensitivity about or behind the ears conjures up many visions of mistreatment and/or injury. Either by poor "breaking-in" techniques, constant use of ear twitches, tying down etc. All these things culminating in some "emotional distress", fear or altered behavior concerning the head or ears.


Everyone has seen an itchy horse at some stage, we ask 4 experts to explain some of the reasons why. by Dr. Amy Garcia DVM, AG Equine


At some stage we have all had a horse with a sore back. Lets find out some of the possibilities "why" from our 4 experts.   by Katelyn McNicol BVSc (Hons), Anstead Veterinary Practice The signs your horse may show when suffering from back pain can be wide and varied and may be subtle or overt. Back pain will originate either from the bones of the spine or muscles supporting them.


When the weather warms up, horses tend to sweat more. We ask for experts why they think horses need electrolytes.   By Cathy Tighe, Homeopath, When a horse sweats either from the heat of the environment or from hard work or exercise, it loses essential salts. Salt electrolytes can be provided back into the horse as a way to help its body recover from this loss. The Summer months in hot climates mean that just being in the paddock the Horse can lose vital bodily salts, tissue salts.


Dr Andrew McLean Dip Ed, BSc, PhD - Equitation Science International


Bushfires have already been reported in Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland, and experts are speculating this will be a long and dangerous bushfire season.  The key to survival is forward planning and self reliance. Are you bush fire ready? Before a fire...


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