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Top Tips to Win the Worming Battle with Kelato

May 2015

No matter how long you’ve worked with horses, some things remain a mystery. How does your horse know when you’re coming to take him for a nice ride versus when you’re heading out to administer a wormer? We know it’s tempting to consider skipping worming when your horse gets other ideas, but of course you can’t skip looking after the health of your horse with regular worming.

Staying Healthy in Summer

May 2015

Christmas in Australia brings some unique challenges to horse owners. Keeping and riding horses through Summer requires an understanding of how to minimise heat stress and manage electrolyte balance. If you happen to be on holidays during extremely hot weather, does the person in charge of your horses care know what to do? The following tips can help you enjoy healthy horses through an Australian Summer and enjoy a break from the routines of daily horse care.

Burdock

May 2015

Name: Burdock  Biological name: Asrctum Lappa  Parts used: Root (rhizome)  Contains: Alkaloids, aluminum, amino acids, arctiin, bitter glycosides, calcium, carbohydrates, chromium, cobalt, fatty acids, fibre, flavonoids, glycosides, inulin, iodine, iron, lignana, magnesium, manganese, phenolenic acids, phosphorus, poyacetylenes, potassium, protein, selenium, sesquiterpenes, silica, sitosterol, sodium, tannins, vitamins A, B complex, especially B2, B5, C, E and zinc. 

Equine Head Shaking

May 2015

Head shaking is a bewildering ailment in horses. Research informs us that it can be caused by many different factors ranging from changing weather conditions, compression from an old head injury, pull back injury, rye grass, insects, pollen, dust, equine dentistry, equine cranial surgery, ill-fitting tack, bridle or nasal allergies. 

Bringing Out the Best in Trainees

May 2015

Over the years, we produced a steady stream of trainees in our equestrian centres. Many of them went on to great jobs all over the world. There are always so many young people who dream about working with animals, especially horses, that we had a bigger demand for traineeships than we could handle. 

Can Horses Sense Fear in Humans and other myth busters

May 2015

Charles Sturt University Equine Science students continue to explore some of the key areas of research into equine health and horse-human interactions. Their reports combine the latest research with a questioning approach about how equine science can work towards a better understanding of the horse and its relationship to humans. Horses can sense fear in humans By Dominique Fennelly, Equine Science, Charles Sturt University 

Equine Osteoarthritis

May 2015

Lameness is one of the top three areas of equine veterinary medicine, along with colic and reproduction. Joint disease is the most common cause of lameness and results from pain during movement. The pain can be sudden or long-term, and may result in an obvious lameness or the horse ‘just not being right’. Osteoarthritis, commonly shortened to arthritis, can result from a range of factors, but all result in joint inflammation and degradation. We’ll take a look at how this happens and what we can do about it. Let’s get technical, technical! 

Planning For Emergencies

March 2015

Cyclones, floods and fires are an unfortunate part of Summer in Australia. Take some time to develop a safety plan and prepare a safety kit in case of emergency.  Here are some tips to help:  Safety plan  Think about where to go and how to get there. If you need to evacuate horses, how many float trips will it take? How much time will you need? Who is available to help you? Plan to leave feed in storage nearby long before the emergency arises. 

Equine Sports Conditioning

March 2015

As equine physical therapist Adrienne Tomkinson explains, sports conditioning is important for every horse to ensure they are fit for the demands we place on them - whether that be high level competition or a leisurely weekend ride.  In this article, Adrienne covers the basics of sports conditioning which can be applied to young horses, competition horses, rehabilitating horses and tapering athletic horses, as well as for the pleasure mount… 

Endurance Heart Size

March 2015

According to a recent report in the American Journal of Veterinary Research, elite endurance horses have bigger hearts than their less successful counterparts as Dr Meg M Sleeper and her team found in examining 34 Arabian endurance horses. Based on their performance in a recent competition, the horses were classified as either elite (23 horses) or less successful (11). Using a standardised ultrasound of each horse’s heart carried out within 1-4 weeks of the competition, the research team compared the cardiac characteristics of the two groups.

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