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Racehorse Medication Ethics at the 2017 Breeders Cup

December 2017

In the midst of Australia's Spring Racing Carnival, Americans celebrated their own Thoroughbred racing end-of-year Championships under rules that allow horses to train, as well as race, on a cocktail of pharmaceutical medications. Veterinarian and journalist Dr Sid Gustafson reports from the 2017 Breeders' Cup in Del Mar, California, for Horses and People Magazine on racehorse medication ethics.

Tarcoola's Legacy

November 2017

The professional development room at Avoca Park is filled with equine industry professionals and interested horse owners. Everyone sits in plastic chairs as the presenters finish their preparations for the next three days’ work. Wheel the Lead – or Wheely – lies on the table, mostly shrouded in shade cloth and towels, a bunch of flowers resting on his ribcage. He is a 16-year-old Thoroughbred ex-racehorse and yesterday he passed away. 

Skin Deep

December 2017

As with all species, skin disease in horses is common. Whereas sometimes symptomatic treatment of the clinical signs results in a successful outcome, many cases are more complex. Good treatment outcomes rely on an accurate diagnosis, along with multifactorial treatment and/or management approach.  In this article, Veterinarian Dr Chris Heislers outlines the most common skin diseases affecting horses in Australia. 

Immunity: What is it and How Does it Work? Part 2

December 2017

Immunity - or the immune system - is something we often hear about, but have you ever wondered exactly what it is and how it works?  The immune system is a marvellously complex system that helps protect us and our horses from potentially harmful disease-causing pathogens (bacteria or viruses). The reason most of us are able to carry on our daily lives without being constantly sick is because our immune system runs smoothly in the background without much thought on our part. 

Immunity: What is it and How Does it Work?

November 2017

Immunity - or the immune system - is something we often hear about, but have you ever wondered exactly what it is and how it works?   The immune system is a marvellously complex system that helps protect us and our horses from potentially harmful disease-causing pathogens (bacteria or viruses). The reason most of us are able to carry on our daily lives without being constantly sick is because our immune system runs smoothly in the background without much thought on our part.  

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.

Wound Treatment: Part 2

September 2013

Finding your horse with a wound can be a stressful situation, but it is one which all horse owners will inevitably find themselves in at some stage. In the next two articles of this three-part series, Dr Sarah van Dyk from WestVETS discusses deeper wounds.

Joint Health: What’s All the Fuss About?

May 2017

We have all experienced joint-related pain in one form or another - this may have been due to a trauma or something that gradually develops over time.  Like us, our horses also experience joint-related pain.  However, unlike us, they can’t tell us exactly what is going on, so we need to gain a greater understanding about how joints work, what we can do to maintain them and what we should consider when things go wrong.  

Supporting Your Horse after the Rain

May 2017

With so many areas along the eastern seaboard, north western New South Wales and Queensland experiencing record rainfall, our horses need some special support. If their paddocks have been affected by flood waters, or if they are just saturated and muddy certain issues can arise. The amount of water and the length of time the water has covered the ground will influence what issues your horse may experience. Fortunately, a combination of the same herbs in different proportions can help most issues.

Horses Inside Out Tour 2017 Australian Tour Announced

May 2017

It's official! Gillian Higgins, the founder of Horses Inside Out, will be visiting Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland in November, 2017.  1st & 2nd Nov: State Equestrian Centre, WA: Posture and Movement Clinic 

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