Summer is upon us, and no doubt we have all noticed the temperature and humidity steadily creeping up. Whilst many of us are able to hide away from the heat in air conditioned homes and offices, most of our big, four-legged friends are not so fortunate and have to tough it out in the elements. This article will help highlight some of the dangers of living in a hotter climate, as well as provide some management tips that can help your horse through the Summer months. Temperature control
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.
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.
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
Series: Managing your Broodmare
In the last issue we discussed the mare’s oestrous cycle and highlighted issues to consider when preparing your broodmare for the coming breeding season. This month’s article describes the most common cause of infertility – mating induced endometritis.
We’ve all had a case of the hiccups, but did you know that your horse can actually get the hiccups as well? Equine hiccups are more commonly referred to as ‘Thumps’, but are far more serious than the human form and scientifically known as Synchronous Diaphragmatic Flutter (SDF). A horse with thumps will typically present with muscle twitching in their flanks, which are caused by abnormal contractions of the diaphragm. These twitches are normally at regular intervals and can even produce a ‘thump’ noise upon contraction, hence the common name.
Every day, your horse’s respiratory tract is challenged by pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses and fungal elements. In the majority of cases, your horse’s immune system and defence mechanisms easily overcome these small challenges without any external symptoms. Sometimes, however, when the challenge is too great or the defence mechanisms are overwhelmed, clinical infection and symptoms can result. The anatomy of the respiratory tract has already been discussed in Part One of this series, but will be described in greater detail below in relation to specific conditions.
For many horses prone to obesity, laminitis or those that suffer metabolic disorders, such as insulin resistance, grazing pastures can be risky. General guidance for the management of such horses includes restricting pasture intake and confining the horse or pony to a small, bare paddock.
Vet expenses are one of the realities of having a horse that every owner dreads. Let’s face it, receiving an invoice for an $8,000 trip to the vets is downright scary and most owners would struggle to afford the full cost upfront. The thought of being in a position where you are not able to save your horse because you cannot afford the treatment is even scarier. Whether you own a horse for pleasure, are a serious competitor, breeder or enjoy pony club, there are different options available that can suit your needs and budget. The basics
The horse has an extraordinary heart, capable of pumping 30 to 40 litres per minute at rest and up to 250 litres per minute around the body during peak exercise. However, like all things, this magnificent piece of engineering can fail. Heart disease can cause poor performance since performance is directly related to the ability of the heart to pump blood loaded with oxygen around the body. If the pumping ability is reduced, then the body does not get enough oxygen and poor performance occurs.