Horses

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.
Dealing with sacroiliac injuries

Dealing with sacroiliac injuries

Injuries to the posterior section of the spine are often caused by unbalanced stress on the pelvis. However, the prognosis is usually good if the horse is given time to...
Cobalt now a controlled substance

Cobalt now a controlled substance

Riders should be very careful about giving horses supplements before competitions, cautions Dr Mac.
Get your horse to canter correctly

Get your horse to canter correctly

Only when a horse has the correct lead is it balanced and safe to ride at a canter, says Dr Mac.
Ovulation and fertility

Ovulation and fertility

To make sure a mare conceives, you have to get the timing precisely right, so planning is crucial. Dr Mac explains.
Maggots in a horse’s ears: prevention is easier than cure

Maggots in a horse’s ears: prevention is easier than cure

Flystrike can be just as problematic in horses as in sheep, says Dr Mac.
How to fix a ‘show sour’ horse

How to fix a ‘show sour’ horse

When a horse that has previously done well starts to misbehave at shows, you can be fairly certain that it’s nervous and needs habituation, says Dr Mac.
Use a curry comb to groom your horse

Use a curry comb to groom your horse

Get the sweat out of your horse, as well as dirt and loose hairs. Dr Mac shows how.
Does your horse suffer from thrush? Follow these guidelines

Does your horse suffer from thrush? Follow these guidelines

The frog acts as a shock absorber for the foot as it strikes the ground. If the frog is infected with thrush, your horse will be reluctant to walk and...

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