Horses

Treating chronic joint disease

Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, can affect any joint, but it’s most common in the knee, hock, fetlock and coffin joints.

Keeping bridles & saddles clean

A regular cleaning regime is the best way to keep your tack clear of mildew. Dr Mac discusses an effective step-by-step routine.

Trust, training & tricks with horses

If you’ve ever owned a horse that can open a locked stable door you’ll know how quickly they pick up a new trick! Horses love to learn tricks and there’s no better way to improve communication between the two of you.

Pre-event calm for horse riders

With event pressure weighing heavy on many riders, Kim Dyson suggests some relaxation techniques.

All that is green may not be healthy grazing

The seeds of Datura species can cause fatal impaction colic, warns Dr Mac.

Nice horse, pity about the rider

Competitive behaviour is human nature. Deep inside all riders, there is a desire to compete in shows. You polish yourself and your horse, you practise until you’re sure that you’re ready.

Jump for joy!

Any horse person will tell you about the hours of laughter that you'll get out of sharing jump stories. Go to the Sappi horse trials and you will notice how difficult it is to find a spot next to the water jump.
When to call the horse vet

When to call the horse vet

It is important to know the basics when taking care of your horse, but in some cases you might do more harm than good. Kim Dyson explains when you can handle injuries and illness yourself, and when to call in professional help.

Heat stroke can kill

Unfit horses with long coats are more prone to heat stress, writes Dr Mac.

Teaching a horse to lift a foot

Your horse should lift all four feet willingly when asked, writes Dr Mac.

Laminitis: too much rich food can cause lameness

Laminitis often has devastating consequences for your horse's ability to work. If it's too severe, your horse may even have to be put down, writes Dr Mac.

Feng Shui for horses

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of positioning the things around us so that we are in greater harmony with our environment.

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