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Horse Health

Immunity: What is it and How Does it Work? Part 1

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.

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 

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.


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