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Surviving the Summer Heat

December 2016

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

Managing your Broodmare

September 2016

Effectiveness of Grazing Muzzles on Reducing Weight

January 2016

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.

Equine Health Insurance, by Fitton HorseInsure

September 2015

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

A Case of Thumps

July 2015

We’ve all had a case of the hiccups, but did you know 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.

What's That Bump?

May 2015

It is common to suddenly discover your horse has one or more lumps or bumps somewhere on its body.  In this article Dr Sarah Behan from from Equine Veterinary Dentistry explains some of the common skin conditions that may show up as lumps and bumps. As with most conditions, a correct veterinary diagnosis will determine the exact cause, so if you are unsure, the lump persists, it is painful or in a particularly sensitive area, a proper veterinary diagnosis is recommended.


March 2015

Stomach ulcers affect both foals and adult horses and are reported to occur in up to 93% of Thoroughbreds, 70% of endurance horses and 60% of performance horses in training. The vast majority of horses that have stomach ulcers do not, however, exhibit obvious clinical signs, hindering the diagnosis and thus treatment of the condition. 

How Blood Donations can Save Horses' Lives

March 2015

Blood transfusions aren’t just needed in human medicine. Animals, like horses, also need blood donations, especially during operations that involve high blood loss. The University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna has operated a blood bank for dogs for more than a decade. 

Blood Test for Atypical Myopathy Toxin

March 2015

Researchers in France have developed a new laboratory method for measuring the concentration in the blood of the toxin responsible for atypical myopathy. Usually fatal, atypical myopathy as seen in horses in Europe and seasonal pasture myopathy as seen in horses in the United States, are associated with the toxin hypoglycin A (HGA), which is present in the seeds of the Acer (maple or sycamore) family.

First Aid

January 2015

You walk out to the paddock in the morning before work to feed up and check that your precious horses are okay. You enjoy this time of the morning, the sun is shining and it is going to be another beautiful day... As you turn the corner, your heart sinks. The chestnut mare is standing away from the rest of the horses and you can see wire around her legs and there is blood pouring from at least two of them. Your mind races, ‘what do I do?’


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