Choke in horses is caused by an obstruction of the oesophagus, not the windpipe, and urgent veterinary attention is imperative, says Dr Mac.
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’.
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.
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.
Many riders have been inspired to try the musical kur after watching the recent Olympics, says Dr Mac.
More correctly known as cutaneous habronemiasis or Draschia infestation, these lesions are most common in tropical or temperate climates, warns Kim Dyson.
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...
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...
Laminitis and insulin resistance usually go hand in hand, and are two conditions that strike fear into any horse owner, says Kim Dyson.
It doesn’t take long for a newcomer to become an accepted member of the herd. Kim Dyson discusses ways of easing the process.
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.
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...