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Putting the Chill on Back Pain with Equi-Ice

September 2017

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.

The Cycle of Disaster Resilience

May 2017

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. 

Bushfire Season Arrives Early

November 2015

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...

10 Things You Know About Pre-Purchase Exams

August 2015

Hindsight is a wonderful thing and buying horses is a risky business. While there is no such thing as a perfect horse, a pre-purchase exam (PPE) can answer many questions about the likely significance of an abnormality and likely long-term prognosis to protect you, the purchaser, from buying a problem that may be expensive, risky or even impossible to fix or treat. So, what does a PPE exam entail? Dr Olivia James from Brindabella Equine Mobile Veterinary Service explains.

10 Things You Know About Pre-Purchase Exams

August 2015

Hindsight is a wonderful thing and buying horses is a risky business. While there is no such thing as a perfect horse, a pre-purchase exam (PPE) can answer many questions about the likely significance of an abnormality and likely long-term prognosis to protect you, the purchaser, from buying a problem that may be expensive, risky or even impossible to fix or treat. So, what does a PPE exam entail? Dr Olivia James from Brindabella Equine Mobile Veterinary Service explains.

Raising the Orphan Foal

October 2014

Raising an orphan foal takes commitment and can be a wonderful experience for the humans involved, but the number one priority should be the long term welfare of a foal that will grow up into an adult that could live for 30+ years. It is as much about providing for its physiological health as for its psychological wellbeing.

Duty to Disclose

September 2014

The following is a scenario that crosses my desk quite regularly:  “I purchased a horse and was told by the seller that it was healthy and ‘had no problems’. Since I’ve brought the horse home, I’ve noticed that it is windsucking. The seller didn’t tell me that the horse was a windsucker. I don’t want a horse that windsucks on my property. I want to return the horse and I want my money back. What can I do?” 

Emergency First Aid

September 2014

Technological developments in safety apparel and the increased safety requirements in most equestrian fields have decreased the incidence of severe injuries. However, it is imperative that all riders have a good knowledge of first aid, especially when dealing with these strong willed and sometimes unpredictable animals. 

Why does my horse grind his teeth

January 2013

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

Why is my horse... girthy?

November 2012

  If your horse gets agitated when you are tightening the girth, is it a sign of pain or a behavioural (learned) response? and can you do something about it? We ask the opinion of four leading experts.  by veterinarian Dr David Lovell, BVSc MACVSc, Redlands Veterinary Practice

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