Colic – What to do if your horse is a frequent offender!

When a horse starts to show signs of colic things can quickly become stressful for all involved, whether you have noticed colic in your own horse, your friend’s horse or you are a livery yard owner and you have noticed a livery horse start to show signs of discomfort. A plan is needed to be in place so that decisions can be made quickly, and the horse has the best chance of a successful outcome.


Kissing Spine- what is it?

Kissing spines (known as overlapping or impinging dorsal spinous processes) involves the bones along the spine from the withers to the point of the hip. With Kissing spine these bones have a smaller gap between them or are touching causing pain. It is often diagnosed after back pain is noticed either when the saddle is placed on the back, under ridden work or when the back is palpated.


Summer Respiratory Cases Soar!

2019 has seen the biggest outbreak of equine influenza for a long time and cases continue to rise, more so during the summer due to the mixing of horses at competitions and organised events. Cases of strangles are also on the rise as the latest figures from the Animal Health Trust (AHT) show.

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EOTRH – your horses front teeth!

First off – what is it – it is a condition of horses incisors being recognised much more frequently in horses, can cause significant pain and is often only picked up after we see a horse for a dental. It is seen most frequently in…

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Why I recommend every laminitis case has X-rays

2019 has been a very bad year for laminitis, there has hardly been a day go by where one of the team hasn’t been diagnosing and treating at least one case, some weeks many more.

I have always strongly advocated taking radiographs of the feet of horses suspected of or diagnosed with laminitis, the sooner in the disease process the better. Here are my reasons why:


Biosecurity- Keeping Our Horses Safe

Unfortunately the current flu outbreak accelerated during June affecting horses up and down the country with cases identified in West Yorkshire. Transmission of equine flu occurs through either respiratory or indirect means such as clothing or equipment which means it can spread rapidly through a yard passing from horse to horse.

Infectious Diseases

Equine Tetanus – the other half of your vaccine!

With all the recent focus on equine flu I thought I should add some information on tetanus.

Equine tetanus is considered much more important to vaccinate against and is a protection we would strongly advise all horses to have. Tetanus is frequently a fatal disease of horses that they do not catch from another horse, but get can get from contaminated wounds – including surgical wounds like castration, nail punctures of the hoof or tooth removal.


Keeping your horse hydrated and happy in the sun

Dare I say the sun seems to be making an appearance this weekend, as the weather warms up it’s worth keeping in mind we aren’t the only ones that will be getting hot and bothered. I’m so pleased that our horses are finally getting to have more time outside with the sun on their backs so I’ve put together a few tips for keeping our horses hydrated and happy over summer. The photo is Denver who was very happy when he got to have a naked roll when I took his rug off on Monday! Jess Timmins x


When is the right time to say goodbye?

Sometimes the decision for euthanasia is made for us in an emergency situation but sadly more often than not we have to make these difficult decisions and as loving horse owners it is our responsibility to choose when to say goodbye and the decision can lie heavily on our shoulders. It is my job as a vet to be there to help and support you so that you don’t feel like you have to make this decision on your own.


Laminitis- What is it and how do I know if my horse has it?

This has been a very busy week for us at Ridings Equine, unfortunately the spring grass and relatively hard ground have been causing a lot of problems for our lovely patients!
As previously mentioned in our ‘Spring Emergencies on the Rise!’ blog by Jenny, the spring grass has continued to flourish with the spells of rain and warm weather we’ve been having making our once bare paddocks into large sweet shops for our horses and ponies!


Flu update – keep up to date with vaccines

A reminder that although equine flu is not making the headlines all owners should still be maintaining their flu vaccines We would still recommend that ideally your horse should have a booster 6 months after their previous vaccine – or arrange a booster if it is already over 6 months since your last vaccine.

The latest update shows 9 new cases confirmed in the UK last week – and a case has been confirmed in Yorkshire earlier this month.


The Perfect Summer Body!

Well spring is definitely here and summer is on the way. It’s this time of year we are getting our horses up to their peak condition and increasing their fitness. Whether you have a happy hacker, a retired friend or you are heading to Bramham next month it’s so important to keep all our horses in the right condition all year round. With all horses having such different nutritional and management regimes and requirements, finding the right one for you can often seem like a complete minefield. It’s not just about looking good – the right bodyweight is paramount to the health of our horses with conditions such as asthma and arthritis being more common in overweight horses. Now is a great time to try and make some changes as lighter nights mean we can spend more time with our horses and the ground is (usually!) on our side.