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Teaching beginners to ride safely

Teaching beginners to ride safely

It’s possible to mitigate the risks without taking the fun out of riding, says Dr Mac.
Helping a horse recover from injury

Helping a horse recover from injury

A good deal of supportive treatment is required to treat a physical injury, such as a tendon strain and soft tissue damage. Kim Dyson explains how to go about this...
Protect your horse from the sun

Protect your horse from the sun

Lack of the dark skin pigment, melanin, on some parts of a horse’s body can lead to sunburn or skin cancer. Horses should have access to shade at all times...
Keeping your horse clean

Keeping your horse clean

Whether you manage a riding stable, stud, or herd of trail horses, a wash bay is very useful, says Dr Mac.
Dealing with hock problems

Dealing with hock problems

Unfortunately, bony changes of the lower hock joint are irreversible, but it is possible to manage the problem, says Kim Dyson.
Dealing with a fractured jaw

Dealing with a fractured jaw

Breaks are often misdiagnosed and sometimes even heal on their own, says Dr Mac.
Dealing with sacroiliac injuries

Dealing with sacroiliac injuries

Injuries to the posterior section of the spine are often caused by unbalanced stress on the pelvis. However, the prognosis is usually good if the horse is given time to...
Cobalt now a controlled substance

Cobalt now a controlled substance

Riders should be very careful about giving horses supplements before competitions, cautions Dr Mac.
Get your horse to canter correctly

Get your horse to canter correctly

Only when a horse has the correct lead is it balanced and safe to ride at a canter, says Dr Mac.
Ovulation and fertility

Ovulation and fertility

To make sure a mare conceives, you have to get the timing precisely right, so planning is crucial. Dr Mac explains.
Maggots in a horse’s ears: prevention is easier than cure

Maggots in a horse’s ears: prevention is easier than cure

Flystrike can be just as problematic in horses as in sheep, says Dr Mac.
How to fix a ‘show sour’ horse

How to fix a ‘show sour’ horse

When a horse that has previously done well starts to misbehave at shows, you can be fairly certain that it’s nervous and needs habituation, says Dr Mac.

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