Horses

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Are worms troubling your horse?

Is your horse in poor condition, despite receiving good food? Worms could be the problem, says Dr Mac.
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Dealing with equine sarcoids

A sarcoid can occur on any horse (or indeed, any equid) and can be troublesome if it grows in vulnerable areas prone to chafing or similar irritation. Kim Dyson explains.
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Training western pleasure horses

In South Africa, western pleasure is a discipline largely reserved for children. In the US, things are very different. Dr Mac spoke to Greg Wheat, a highly regarded trainer based...
Remedy for gastric ulcers

Remedy for gastric ulcers

Ulcers are a common problem in horses. The good news is that they can be treated naturally and easily with an age-old fermented milk drink packed with probiotics, says Kim...
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Dealing with horse allergies

The weather is beautiful at this time of the year. However, this is also when horses suffer most from allergies, leading to asthma, eczema and other problems, says Kim Dyson.
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Beware of impaction colic

Drought-stricken pasture can produce drier intestinal contents that are more likely to get stuck. The result may be impaction colic, a potentially fatal condition, warns Dr Mac.

Help! My horse is choking

Choke in horses is caused by an obstruction of the oesophagus, not the windpipe, and urgent veterinary attention is imperative, says Dr Mac.
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Paint, pinto or piebald?

The old English terms for a white horse with black patches and a white horse with chestnut or bay patches are, respectively, ‘piebald’ and ‘skewbald’.
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Grow these plants to help get rid of summer bugs

As always, the warmer weather has brought a crop of pests. Kim Dyson provides a useful list of plants that act as natural insect repellents.
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Watch out for eye infections

Eye infections and injuries should always be regarded as emergencies and treated accordingly. These problems can swiftly worsen and even cause blindness, warns Dr Mac.

The right music for dressage

Many riders have been inspired to try the musical kur after watching the recent Olympics, says Dr Mac.

Dealing with summer sores

More correctly known as cutaneous habronemiasis or Draschia infestation, these lesions are most common in tropical or temperate climates, warns Kim Dyson.

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