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Horse Health

Health and Feeding Tips for Winter

September 2014

Higher rates of hand feeding hay, grain and pellets during Winter can lead to horse health problems, such as colic, ulcers and lower fertility in the new breeding season. The following practical tips can help keep your horse physically and mentally healthy, and guard against illness and sub-optimal performance. Respiratory problems 

The Art of Body Condition Scoring

September 2014

All horse owners want their horses to be healthy, look good and be physically fit athletes. Nutritional management is a simple, yet cost-effective, tool that we can apply to ensure improved performance and health in our horses. Body condition scoring serves as an effective tool in determining the nutritional needs of your horse. 


July 2014

‘Splint’ is the common name given to an inflammatory condition of the splint bones involving injury to the interosseous ligament or to the periosteum (the soft tissue covering bone) of the splint bones or adjacent bones. It usually occurs in young, growing horses involved in heavy training, but can also originate from tearing of the interosseous ligament, external trauma to the bone or secondary to healing of a fracture. 

Melanomas in the Grey Horse

July 2014

Nearly everyone involved in the equine world knows of, or has, a grey horse with melanomas. They are one of the most common types of neoplasm (or cancer) in grey horses, with greater than 80% of grey horses over the age of 15 years having melanomas.  In this article, Dr James Meyer, an equine dental veterinarian from the Adelaide Plains Equine Clinic, provides a thorough understanding of the condition and outlines the options you can discuss with your veterinarian should your horse develop melanomas.

Common Problems of the Penis and Sheath

April 2014

Although not exactly every person’s favourite subject, a gelding or stallion’s penis and sheath are prone to a number of problems. As Dr Natasha Hovanessian from the Canberra Equine Hospital explains, being a very sensitive area of a male horse’s anatomy that allows the elimination of urine from the bladder, any problem can easily become a major complication. Early recognition by horse owners and veterinary intervention are the best way to ensure a successful outcome. The normal anatomy 

Chronic Diarrhoea in the Adult Horse

March 2014

Diarrhoea is always an abnormal finding in the horse and an indication of a problem that could get much worse. While a sudden and copious onset should be treated as an emergency, in this article Dr Sarah van Dyk from WestVETS Animal Hospital and Equine Reproduction Centre discusses chronic, persistent, low-grade diarrhoea in the adult horse, the type that is often described as “always a bit loose”.

Summer Care for Horses brought to you by Virbac Animal Health

November 2013

During the hot Summer months in Australia horses are under extra stress from heat, humidity, poor feed quality and insect worry. Some horses tolerate the heat well, while others lose coat and body condition, and don’t perform at their best. Dehydration The risk of dehydration and related problems is much higher during the Summer months, particularly for performing horses that are regularly exercised, and lose large amounts of body salts and fluid in sweat. About 75-80 per cent of the energy used by the horse’s body is given off as heat.

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.

Anhidrosis in Horses

January 2013

Like the horse pictured, horses rely on sweating for regulating body temperature and avoiding over-heating. 

The Story Of George And How I Learnt About Anhidrosis

January 2013

  George is an 8 year old thoroughbred off the track in the early stages of eventing, although a fit horse, nothing could prepare me for what happened during a training session. I was schooling on the first leg of the cross country course near my property in QLD, we had ridden this course many times and had only gone about 1km. It was early in the day, and the temperature was only about 25 degrees. (In the summer I always ride before 9am or after 4pm to escape the worst heat). 


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