Horses

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.
The fundamentals of hoof care

The fundamentals of hoof care

Sheared heels are common in horses that are toe in or toe out, and are likely to recur if conformation is poor. Fortunately, a farrier can make all the difference,...
Tips on how to win at the western mounted games

Tips on how to win at the western mounted games

Western mounted games is the fastest-growing equestrian sport in South Africa. Barrel racing, which attracts large audiences and generous prizes in the US, is...
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.

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