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Veterinary Advice

There's no substitute for proper veterinary advice if your horse is ill, but the wise horse owner also makes sure they know as much as possible about their animal's health. We have advice in headshaking, strangles, arthritis, dentistry and much more...

Alternative Therapies

All you'll ever need to know about alternative and complementary health treatments for your horse - from Shiatsu to Acupuncture to Magnetic Therapy to Animal Aromatherapy.

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Arthritis

Arthritis is best considered as a group of disorders involving progressive deterioration of the joint cartilage, accompanied by changes in the bone and soft tissues of the joint. Vet Gil Riley gives you his top advice for helping you horse dealing with his condition.

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Bandaging

Bandaging can be seen as a lost art - but not anymore! With our fantastic advice and video, you'll be bandaging in the stable, out travelling, for support whenever your horse needs a bit of extra cushioning.

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Bursae

A horse's body contains lots of bursae – they minimise friction between tissues and help the gliding action of skin, muscle or tendons over bony surfaces. We give you all the advice you need on them.

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Common bone problems

It’s often hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when your horse has a fracture or bone condition but don’t despair as there are options. We speak to Equine vet Gil Riley who talks us through some of the most common skeletal problems.

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Common eye problems

Chris Dixon BVSc CertVOphthal MRCVS, a veterinary ophthalmologist, gives his advice on the most common eye problems that occur in horses.

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Curbs

This term has been colloquially used to describe a swelling over the back of the hock, just above the tendons that run down the canon bone. Traditionally the swelling was thought to be due to inflammation of the long plantar ligament.

Ear Problems

Take a look at our advice on ear mites and sarcoids to make sure you know the symptoms to look out for and how they can be treated.

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Equine Dentistry - Videos

Your horse’s teeth can affect his well-being and performance in more ways than you could imagine! Lucinda Stockley, an Advanced Certified Equine Dentist, explains the importance of understanding what’s inside your horse’s mouth. Watch our five part video for practical tips.

Gassy Colic

The spring grass may be a welcome sight after months of winter mud but its high nutritional content can put a strain on your horse’s digestive system – and too much too fast could overload his body and lead to a potentially dangerous bout of gassy colic. Painful, damaging, and even fatal in some cases, the good news is that this type of colic is easily avoided, provided you understand the dangers and take steps to protect your horse’s gut.

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Understanding Grass Sickness

 The UK has the highest incidence of equine grass sickness in the world so it's important that we try to understand what it is about the way we manage our horses here that's putting them at risk. Although many questions remain unanswered, researchers are starting to unravel this mysterious killer and find new ways in which we can help to minimise its occurrence.

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Headshaking

Even though there is no cure for headshaking, there's been pleanty of research done on finding ways to alleviate the symptoms. Read our advice on what the symptoms are, how to treat them and how to prevent it next time.

Laminitis

It’s one of the leading causes of lameness in the UK, but thanks to all the research that’s being done, our horses now stand a better chance of surviving a laminitis attack – and avoiding this deadly condition in the first place.

Here, we bring you the latest information, research and expert advice from the UK’s top vets, farriers, nutritionists and alternative therapists so you can help keep your horse laminitis free

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Mud Fever

Wherever you go and whatever you do with horses, you’re guaranteed to bump into mud fever at some point. Read our advice on signs for spotting mud fever, way of preventing it and different treatment ideas.

Plan a healthy year with your horse

Check out our fantastic guide to year long horse care. We cover the annual essentials such as tetanus and flu vaccinations, hoof care and worming, as well as all the seasonal health issues. From sweet itch in the spring to dietary changes in the autumn, you won't need to go anywhere else!

Rain Scald

Rain scald is caused by the same bacteria that cause mud fever - Dermatophilus congolensis. It is a skin infection that can appear on horses’ backs, if they’re left out in wet weather. It is seen in the winter months when the horses’ coats can remain wet for long periods of time. We help you spot the signs, treat and prevent this condition.

Recurrent Airway Obstruction

Recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) is a source of anxiety to many horse owners as the winter months approach. Any horse can develop RAO.

Here’s the best expert advice and myth-busting information to help you reduce the risk of your horse being affected this winter.

Splints

The term ‘splint’ refers to a bony enlargement of the inner (medial) or outer (lateral) aspect of the canon bone. The horse’s canon bone is bordered by two smaller, narrow bones, known as the splint bones.

Strangles

Strangles is one of the most common respiratory infections in the horse world; for instance, in Sweden, there are four cases of strangles for every case of equine flu. We have fantastic advice, including the causes, sypmtoms and treatment of strangles.

Tendonitis

This is a broad term referring to the inflammation of a tendon. Tendon injuries are one of the most common musculoskeletal problems.

 

Thrush

Thrush is a common yeast infection of the hoof that loves wet conditions. It usually occurs in the frog and its sulci (the grooves next to and in the middle of the frog). The yeast infection is caused by anaerobic bacteria (which thrive without oxygen) called Fusiformis. Read our great advice on hoe to cope with this condition.

Veterinary Emergencies

It's always scary when something happens to your horse and it's comforting when you know what to do. We have superb advice on colic, fractures, spotting lameness, dealing with wounds and other veterinary emergencies.

Windgalls

A windgall is swelling of the digital tendon sheath – a sterile fluid-filled sleeve covering the flexor tendons over the back of the fetlock join. Can be a sign of a more serious problem and associated with a moderate to severe lameness.