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Alcohol-free beer for riders

Alcohol-free beer is a perfect alternative to fizzy drinks, and is increasing in popularity amongst professional riders around the world, says Dr Mac.

Inbreeding, outcrossing, line breeding and hybrid vigour

Horse breeding is a complicated matter, with many variables to consider, says Dr Mac.

Intra-articular injections for joint trouble

There are advantages and disadvantages to using intra-articular injections, says Dr Mac.

Producing cowboy-style workhorses naturally

Pierre and Carine Kleinhans breed horses capable of patrolling large areas of land with minimal inputs, much like the animals used by cowboys in the American Wild West. The couple spoke to Glenneis Kriel on their farm near Touws River in the Western Cape about their operation.

Treating gastric ulcers

Equine gastric ulcer syndrome is influenced mainly by feeding and management, says Dr Mac.

Balancing with your seat and legs

Developing an independent seat is crucial for horse riding, says Dr Mac. This means you need to learn to balance without using your hands, and relying only on your legs and core muscles.

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.

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