Horses

Danger signs that need expert attention

Even though many South Africans live in remote areas and it is difficult to get a vet, in some situations there is no alternative.

Stress in endurance rides

Competitive long-distanc e riding tests the stamina of both horse and rider.

Aromatherapy for horses

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to improve the emotional, and in turn the physical wellness of the animal being treated.

Computer-assisted breeding

In part one (Farmer's Weekly, 25 May 2007), Art McDonald told us the secret of an “ideal horse” was the balance of its proportions. In the second article, based on...

When horses bolt their feed

It is not uncommon to find a horse that bolt s its feed. This means that it eats so fast that it hardly chews or breathes.

Choosing the right bit

Riders must choose a bit to suit their young horse's shape and development.

Resistance problems?

Various factors can contribute to resistance in your horse - the bit is not necessarily always the problem. Issue date 15 June 2007

Foal food for thought

The best time to start feeding a foal is two months before weaning. Once a foal has been weaned it is up to you to provide it with a good...

Facial paralysis

Facial paralysis is a fairly common ailment in horses. The paralysis of the facial nerve can be slight or very dramatic. If treated immediately it normally can be reversed

Treating windgalls

Around a joint or tendon is a capsule or sheath that produces synovial fluid, which acts as lubrication. If the capsule is damaged by percussion or overstretching, it produces extra...

Dealing with splints

A splint is a bony growth that forms on the inside edge of the splint bone between the splint bone and the cannon bone. It is the result of tearing...

Pulling up lame?

Lameness is probably the most common cause of concern amongst horse owners. There are many and varied reasons for a horse pulling up lame. Issue Date 16 March 2007

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