It’s possible to mitigate the risks without taking the fun out of riding, says Dr Mac.
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...
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...
Whether you manage a riding stable, stud, or herd of trail horses, a wash bay is very useful, says Dr Mac.
Unfortunately, bony changes of the lower hock joint are irreversible, but it is possible to manage the problem, says Kim Dyson.
Breaks are often misdiagnosed and sometimes even heal on their own, says Dr Mac.
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...
Riders should be very careful about giving horses supplements before competitions, cautions Dr Mac.
Only when a horse has the correct lead is it balanced and safe to ride at a canter, says Dr Mac.
To make sure a mare conceives, you have to get the timing precisely right, so planning is crucial. Dr Mac explains.
Flystrike can be just as problematic in horses as in sheep, says Dr Mac.
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.