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Equine Pain Face Poster

November 2014

Download the Equine Pain Face poster, print and display for easy reference!  Horses may not be able to say how much it hurts in words, but recent research is demonstrating their faces tell all. Whether you are a horse owner, coach, vet, vet nurse or a horse lover of any kind, knowing how to recognise the facial expressions of pain in horses will help you do the best for them. Learn to recognise the Equine Pain Face with veterinarian and researcher Karina Bech Gleerup.

Body Condition Scoring

March 2014

Body Condition Scoring is a skill that all horse owners should master in order to maintain their horses in optimum condition and health. This fact sheet by veterinarian Jennifer Stewart, PhD, who specialises in equine nutrition, provides a summary of how the scale works, how to score your horse and why it is important.    

Mosquito Borne Diseases in Australia

February 2014

With long-term forecasts predicting another wet summer in many parts of Australia, it makes sense for horse owners to be prepared, learn to recognise mosquito-borne disease, and implement preventative measures to reduce their horse’s exposure to increased mosquito populations. This fact sheet explains which mosquito borne diseases may affect horses in Australia and provides some tips on how to minimise exposure.   

Equine Emergency Rescue: Transport Accidents

January 2014

Many things can go wrong when you are towing a horse trailer or float but the three main causes of floating accidents are lack of maintenance, poor driving and not hitching the float properly. While fortunately severe injuries from the actual accident are rare, a horse trapped in a float becomes a dangerous object that may explode without warning. This fact sheet is a must-read for every horse owner and explains the essential do's and don'ts. 

Skin Conditions

January 2014

  The skin is the horse’s largest organ and has many important tasks. Its efficient function is vital for health as it provides protection against the environment, plays an important role in the regulation of body temperature, and carries sensory nerves for the appreciation of temperature, pressure and pain.

Nutrition of the orphan foal

January 2014

  When hand-rearing a foal, the number one priority should be its long term welfare. Providing nutrition that closely mirrors what would be received from its mother’s milk is essential.

Time to foal? or time to call a vet?

January 2014

  When things go to plan, a foaling is stress-free, easy and usually over in 30 minutes to one hour. The sooner you recognise a problem, the better the chances for your mare and foal’s health and welfare. 

Relaxation, the key to success

January 2014

  Relaxation in the horse enables him to learn. A tense, nervous horse simply will not “hear” what you have to say. Liken it to yourself trying to learn a new skill in a stressful environment and under a lot of pressure, you simply cannot focus. You will make many mistakes and in the end you will not be able to perform at your best.

Your Pony Needs A Dental

January 2014

  When it comes to caring for a horse or pony, there is a lot to learn and think about, but there are 3 Key Areas that always need to be high on the list.

Enrichment and Slow Feeding

January 2014

Digestive disorders and stereotypical behaviour are very common in the domestic horse population all over the world, and in the majority of cases can be traced back to the way we manage and feed our horses!


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