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.

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’.

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.

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.

Breeding soundness examination

When a visiting mare is introduced to your stud, it could bring in fatal diseases. Don’t take a chance – ensure that the horse is thoroughly examined beforehand, says Dr...

Dealing with stifle injuries

The stifle joint is the key to weight bearing and movement of the hind leg, and damage can be difficult to diagnose. Severe stifle injuries need urgent veterinary attention, explains...

Dealing with IR and laminitis

Laminitis and insulin resistance usually go hand in hand, and are two conditions that strike fear into any horse owner, says Kim Dyson.

A new horse in the paddock

It doesn’t take long for a newcomer to become an accepted member of the herd. Kim Dyson discusses ways of easing the process.

Osteoarthritis in the fetlock

A horse’s fetlock acts as a shock absorber during movement. Over the years, small injuries can lead to more serious problems in this joint, cautions Dr Mac.

Joint problems to watch out for

Although swelling in a horse’s hock area does not necessarily lead to pain or lameness, it is best to let a vet examine the joint as soon as possible, says...


Frozen chicken meat imports hit record levels last year

SA frozen chicken meat imports hit record levels last year

South Africa set a new record for the amount of frozen broiler meat that was brought into the country last year, importing R6 billion worth of chicken.

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