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9 Steps for Giving Intramuscular Injections

March 2018

Although often the domain of the veterinarian, there are occasions when horse owners may need to give injections too.  When such situations arise, the vet will likely explain to the owner how to safely and correctly give an injection. Dr Jenni Bauquier has given many thousands of injections as a vet with the University of Melbourne’s U-Vet Equine Centre. Jenni offers her knowledge on how to make this simple procedure as safe and stress-free as possible.  The basics of injections

The Pros and Cons of Protective Boots

February 2018

The most common piece of protective equipment riders use on their horses is some form of protection for the lower legs. Orthopaedic problems are one of the most common reasons for a veterinarian being called to examine or treat a horse, and this does not really differ between disciplines or level of competition. But, can boots do more harm than good?  The limbs of a horse are the most common site for injury and the lower limbs (below the knee) more common than the upper limbs. The forelimbs are also more likely to be injured than the hindlimbs. 


February 2018

‘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 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 as a secondary condition to healing of a fracture. 

Tarcoola's Legacy

November 2017

The professional development room at Avoca Park is filled with equine industry professionals and interested horse owners. Everyone sits in plastic chairs as the presenters finish their preparations for the next three days’ work. Wheel the Lead – or Wheely – lies on the table, mostly shrouded in shade cloth and towels, a bunch of flowers resting on his ribcage. He is a 16-year-old Thoroughbred ex-racehorse and yesterday he passed away. 

Immunity: What is it and How Does it Work?

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.  

Rattles in Foals

October 2017

Rattles, a lung infection that affects foals between two and five months of age, is one on the most researched diseases in horses because of the significant affect it can have on foals being reared in intensive situations, such as Thoroughbred breeding farms.  Dr Christine Myers, a registered specialist in equine internal medicine, explains what breeders should look out for in their foals, how this debilitating disease can be treated and, more importantly, how it can be prevented.

Tying Up in Horses

September 2017

Exertional Rhabdomyolysis, Tying Up, Azoturia, Monday Morning Sickness and Poly Saccharide Storage Myopathy are all names of common muscle metabolism problems.  The scientific name for tying up is rhabdomyolysis, which simply translated means muscle (‘rhabdo’) breakdown (‘lysis’). The causes are several, but the result is the same - muscle cramping. 

Your Horse's Signs of Health: Part 2

August 2017

It’s essential every horse owner knows their horse’s normal, healthy resting temperature, heart rate and respiration (breathing) rate, so they can respond quickly in an emergency.  Last month, Dr Rachel O’Higgins explained the normal vital signs, so you can be familiar with your own horse. This month, she delves into horse emergencies and how you should respond to ensure the best outcome. Emergencies When you encounter a condition that requires veterinary care, the most important thing is to remain calm. 

Stifle Pain: A Holistic Approach

August 2017

The veterinary chiropractor or osteopath will deal with stifle pain in horses almost on a daily basis. Stifle pain is very common in the equine - be it a primary pathology of the stifle joint or secondary to other influences on the body.  In this article, veterinary chiropractor Dr Grant Harris discusses the chiropractic and osteopathic approach to treating stifle pain and disease.

Your Horse’s Signs of Health: Part 1

July 2017

It’s essential that every horse owner knows their horse’s normal, healthy resting temperature, heart rate and respiration (breathing) rate.  As prey animals, horses can be very good at hiding signs of illness to avoid attracting unwanted attention, so checking your horse’s vital signs regularly will allow you to know what is normal and can help you to spot early on when something is wrong. 


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