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‘Is my horse bay or brown in colour?’

Knowing the difference is important to breeders, as the genetics are not the same, although the colours may appear similar, says Dr Mac.
How stride length influences your horse’s jump

How stride length influences your horse’s jump

Jumping to win means you have to feel each stride as you ride and know when to shorten or lengthen it, says Dr Mac.
Controlling worms in horses

Controlling worms in horses

Experience over the past two years has demonstrated the value of monitoring egg counts in manure. This is key to planning an effective worm control programme, says Dr Mac.
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Opening a gate from horseback

It’s convenient to be able to open farm gates without dismounting. Here’s how to teach your horse the trick. Be prepared, though, to invest a bit of time and patience,...
What is African Horse Sickness

What is African horse sickness?

The severity of African horse sickness (AHS) is strongly linked to the immunity status of the horse concerned, and the dose of the virus it receives from biting midges.
Dealing with the shying horse

Dealing with the shying horse

A horse that gets into the habit of shying at every perceived danger can be both irritating and dangerous. Fortunately, there are ways of teaching it to become more confident.

What to do until the vet arrives

Your vet may not be able to respond immediately to an emergency. That means it’s up to you to help your horse as best you can. Fortunately, there’s plenty you...
Dealing with digital tenosynovitis

Dealing with digital tenosynovitis

Inflammation of the tendon sheath in the fetlock region can cause severe lameness in a horse, says Dr Mac.
Treating summer skin problems

Treating summer skin problems

Summer may mean more time to spend with your horse, but it’s also the season for sweet itch, mange and ringworm, cautions Kim Dyson.
Use a Pelham bit to control your horse

Use a Pelham bit to control your horse

The dual-purpose Pelham bit is used for showing, eventing and jumping and is highly effective for controlling children’s ponies, says Dr Mac.
Treating horses that leak urine

Treating horses that leak urine

A slow dribble of urine in a mare, gelding or stallion can have one of several causes, and could point to a serious medical condition. It requires immediate investigation, warns...
Breeding your mare

Breeding your mare

Eager to hear the clatter of little hooves? Kim Dyson discusses the basics of putting your mare in foal.

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