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Dealing with colic during COVID-19

Colic is the leading killer of horses around the world, and COVID-19 has made it harder for vets to go out to stables to diagnose horses. Virtual diagnosis and colic first-aid kits may be the solution, says Dr Mac.

Beware of mouldy hay bales

When your horses don’t want to eat the hay you have bought in for winter, the bales could be mouldy, warns Dr Mac.

Tooth caps in young horses

Deciduous teeth that are not shed can be problematic in young horses in training, warns Dr Mac

Vaccinate your horse!

You have to vaccinate your horse annually against African horse sickness using a registered product, but this alone is not enough to keep the horse safe, warns Dr Mac.

Angular limb deformities in foals

Angular limb deformities can be treated in various ways, depending on the severity of the deformity, says Dr Mac.

Signs your mare is going to foal

While mares generally gestate for 11 months, this may vary. With this in mind, you should be on the lookout for signs that your mare is close to foaling, says Dr Mac.

Choosing the best time to breed your mare

There are pros and cons to breeding your mare at different times of the year, says Dr Mac.

Be wary of the lantana

The consumption of the lantana bush can result in severe liver failure and death, warns Dr Mac.

Understanding immune-mediated myositis

This recently described syndrome, which affects mainly American Quarter Horses, can be confirmed using genetic tests, says Dr Mac.

Using treats to train horses

There are various methods used to train horses, but the use of treats remains controversial, says Dr Mac.

A new approach to facial nerve paralysis

Electro-acupuncture is now being used as a therapeutic aid to assist in facial nerve regeneration. Dr Mac takes a closer look at the technique.

Feed and water requirements for horses

You need to plan your horse’s diet during the dry months to prevent digestion issues, says Dr Mac.

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