The foot is a common source of equine lameness. Correct trimming and shoeing are therefore two of the most important influences on the soundness of a horse.
It is important to recognise that poor parasite control in one horse will have an effect on the other horses in the paddock, as worm eggs are shed in faeces on to the pasture.
Dental problems are one of the leading causes for horses losing weight. Learn more about horse dentistry & its importance.
Scheduling frequent night checks can be an important part of making sure the foaling is attended. The foaling process is divided into three stages.
At birth, there is also a timeline of important events which will help you make a preliminary assessment of the foal’s health.
Colic itself is not a disease; rather, it is a group of clinical signs which indicate that your horse is uncomfortable.
Starting with the right mare is one of the keys to successful breeding. At the start of the breeding season, mares should be in good body condition but not overweight, and should be up to date with their vaccinations, deworming, dentistry, and farriery.
At this time of year it is important to monitor your foal’s limbs closely. We frequently see physitis (causing limb deformities) in 3-9 month old foals, particularly the larger, rapidly growing ones.
It is easy to forget that broodmares require year-round management to remain healthy, produce a healthy foal, & be in good condition. Read on.
Equine dermatitis is commonly called mud fever. It affects many horses in New Zealand due to the wet winters and the plenitude of mud.