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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:

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Did you know that there are certain factors which may increase the risk of colic in your horse, pony or donkey? In around 70% of colic cases, the diagnosis is either a spasmodic/gas colic, or no cause is identified.

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Spring has finally made an appearance, it may be short lived now but I’m choosing to ignore the ‘beast from the east round 3’ rumour that is circulating.

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Pre-purchase exams are a detailed examination of a horse you are looking to buy – we run through a number of set checks which include:

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Finding out your horse has Equine Cushings Disease can be difficult and one of the biggest problems our clients have is getting their horses to eat the Prascend. Many horses will take it for a short period then stop and others can sense it a mile off. What works for one horse may not work for another so we’ve put together a list of suggestions to try if you’re having problems getting your horse to take the tablets. Starting with the easiest…