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Prevent mareish behaviour

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Helen Milbank, 26 April 2013 13:17

The turn in the weather sparks less-than-desirable behaviour in our mares, largely caused by them coming into season. Equine vet Gil Riley gives his advice on how to control raging hormones. Some mares can become aggressive and flighty when they’re in season. The first thing your vet is likely to suggest is a progestogen called altrenogest, which is widely used ...

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Behaviour Basics

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Your Horse, 18 October 2010 09:30

Equine behaviour consultant Dr Debbie Marsden, author of How Horses Learn (JA Allen £19.99) would agree that the daily discipline of handling and socialisation is as important as the exercise itself. "As far as managing your horse’s behaviour goes, I cannot stress how important it is to allow free association with other equines," she says. "This doesn’t just mean touching ...

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The B&B/trail riding holiday

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Your Horse, 21 July 2010 14:48

Avril Shorney took her Thoroughbred mare Beauty, along with a friend's advanced horse, for a Bridlerides break in the Cotswolds."My friend and I started by wanting to ride the Ridgeway in Buckinghamshire and the idea snowballed from there," she exlpains. "Bridlerides took care of the accommodation in B&Bs, and as it was June, the horses lived out, though there were ...

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10 winter stretches: It's a wrap

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Amanda Sutton, 14 December 2009 12:03

Short winter days can make it difficult to ride, but here are simple ground work exercises to help maintain your horse’s fitness and mobility through the cold winter months. For this exercise, put a roller on your horse and some Vet Wrap or a bandage – but only when he’s settled and relaxed. I use a product called Thera-Band, which ...

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5 winter health problems: Thrush

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Harriet Linton, 20 October 2008 09:06

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. These live in the soil and can collect under the foot over a ...

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5 winter health problems: Mud Fever

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Harriet Linton, 20 October 2008 09:00

Wherever you go and whatever you do with horses, you’re guaranteed to bump into mud fever at some point. Mud fever is caused by a mixture of bacteria, namely Dermatophilus congolensis and Staphylicoccus. The bacteria live in the mud and can get into a horse’s skin through even the tiniest nick or scrape. The effects can range from very subtle, small scabby ...