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Have you ever thought about what your saddle can tell you about your horse?

It is often assumed that if a saddle is slipping to one side, that this is the fault of the rider being “crooked”, a poorly fitting saddle (e.g. asymmetrical flocking) or asymmetry in the horse’s back shape. Recent studies by

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It’s a horse owners worst nightmare – you find a nail in your horse’s foot. What you do next could literally save their life! A nail in the foot is a potentially life threatening condition and it’s important to know what to do if it happens to your horse.

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I blinked, and May has already been and gone. The month has well and truly blessed us with some long awaited glorious weather, we’ll just forget about the odd few days of torrential rain in between.

Sheath care

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I’m afraid this week’s blog may only be useful for those of you with male horses. But Sheath Care is an important topic and something we get asked about a lot as vets. Hopefully the following information helps answer some common queries.

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Equine Cataracts

What are they?

Cataracts are anything that stops light passing through a horse’s lens in their eye – we examine horses for cataracts frequently, and an eye examination is always included in pre-purchase examinations (vettings).

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FINALLY warm weather, long days and little to no mucking out!!

However, those of us with pink skinned horses might not be quite as pleased as this lovely weather can bring with it a big problem- sunburn!

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Horse feed balancers are one of the most misunderstood types of horse feed. So what is a balancer? Balancers are a low intake concentrated source of vitamins, minerals and sometimes protein designed to balance the horses diet and provide all the essential nutrients required for optimum health and performance.

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Equine obesity effects 50% of pleasure horses, ponies and donkeys. There are many health risks associated with excess weight, one of the most devastating consequences been laminitis. However, prevention is better than the cure!

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Atypical myopathy is a very serious condition which results in the destruction of the horses skeletal muscle. It most commonly occurs in horses at pasture with young horses considered to be at a higher risk. Outbreaks can occur with multiple horses affected in a certain geographic area.

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We’ve had one of the coldest wettest springs I can remember and the weather has really slowed the onset of spring grass. Over the next few weeks when the temperatures rise we are likely to see a sudden rush of spring grass which could be disastrous for horses and ponies at risk of laminitis. Here’s some tips to help avoid your horse or pony suffering this dreadful disease this spring: