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Feed fibre for plenty of chewing time to support your horse's health

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Dengie nutritionist Tracey Hammond, 27 October 2014 12:25

Your horse or pony needs plenty of chew time to keep him healthy. Dengie nutritionist Tracey Hammond, MSc (Dist), explains why.Horses were designed to eat fibre and in their natural environment would spend 16-18 hours a day eating. When horses have less turnout during the winter months, it’s really important to keep them chewing for as long as possible to support ...

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Common worms and the damage they do to your horse

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Becky Statham, 21 July 2014 10:43

Small Redworm These small, 1cm long, parasites are probably the most serious internal parasite, causing colic, severe weight loss, diarrhoea and sometime death. These parasites are hard to kill as they hide from the immune system within cysts in the gut wall. There’s also widespread resistance to the wormers which are currently available on the market. Roundworm These are large ...

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Help a cast horse to freedom

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Helen Milbank, 12 February 2014 12:50

If your horse gets cast in his stable, follow our five-step guide to help free him: Step 1 Recruit the help of two experienced friends and get kitted out in riding hats, gloves and sturdy boots. When you feel safe, enter your horse’s stable with caution and stay on your guard at all times. Keep the stable door wide open ...

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Simple steps to successful handling

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Jason Webb, 10 February 2014 13:03

When it comes to handling your horse, the better behaved he is the easier life will be for you both. In my latest Open Clinic feature (Spring issue, 384) I explained how to tackle problems with handling your horse’s legs and feet, but there are two simple exercises you need to master first in order to successfully address such issues. ...

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Beat box rest boredom

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Professor Daniel Mills, 17 January 2014 12:42

Easy ways to look after your horse’s mental state when he’s confined to the stable As owners, it’s our job to provide our horses with a lifestyle they can easily live with, which should include plenty of turnout. However, there are times, such as in the depths of winter, when turnout is scarce, or your horse is injured and needs ...

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Choose the right clip for your horse

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Andrea Oakes, 10 October 2013 14:47

If it's time for the first clip of the autumn, make sure you are ready with our guide to choosing the right clip for your horse. Before you fire up the clippers, think carefully about how much hair you need to remove. Take your horse’s workload, lifestyle and age into consideration – can you keep him well-rugged and warm enough ...

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To rug or not to rug?

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Larissa Chapman, 01 October 2013 13:05

If you are debating whether your horse requires a rug or not, follow this checklist to decide what is right for him:   1. How often you intend to ride - if only once a week and your horse isn’t clipped there is no real reason to rug him up unless he’s a poor doer.  Instead you will have to ...

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Caring For Your Horse This Winter

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Combi-Ride UK, 10 September 2013 15:42

It’s been a glorious summer but unfortunately the hotter months are slowly drawing to a close. Having experienced a particularly extreme summer this year, it’s safe to say there’s probably quite a cold winter around the corner. Although horses are fairly hardy animals, it’s still important to give them a little extra care and attention over the next few months. ...

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Applying stable bandages

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Your Horse, 06 September 2013 17:21

Stable bandages are wider than exercise bandages, and should always be used over padding, such as gamgee or Fybagee. Before you apply stable bandages, tie your horse up and make sure his legs are clean.   1. Stay to the side of his leg, squat rather than kneel, and keep your fingers off the floor so he can’t step on ...

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Condition scoring

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Teresa Hollands, 20 June 2013 15:28

The only way to accurately assess your horse’s condition is to fat score, sometimes called condition scoring. This measures body fat cover through levels ranging from seriously underweight to obese, and our expert, senior nutrition manager at Dodson & Horrell, Teresa Hollands led the development of the ‘0-5 system’ (right). Condition score your horse using our ‘how to’ guide on ...