Spotting hindleg lameness can be tricky. Here’s what to look out for plus strategies to help prevent it in the first placeRead More
If your horse has colic, you’ll want to call your vet straight away. Here’s what you can do while you wait for him to arrive.Read More
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Vet Katherine Wright, from Minister Equine Veterinary Clinic in York, explains how to recognise and prevent the condition choke.Read More
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Is your horse feeling a bit itchy? Here are four reasons why he might want to scratch…Read More
It’s hot, hot, hot at the moment, so if you’re riding in the heat then please be aware of the signs of heat stress.Read More
The equine influenza (flu) virus is specific to horses and causes a multitude of symptoms including a raised temperature, lethargy and coughing. Here, vet Ricky Farr MRCVS answers seven common questions about equine flu.Read More
During the healing process, it's important to manage the wound to limit the degree of scarring.Read More
Here, we've asked Dr Patrick Pollock, a vet from Dick Vet Equine, Georgie Holls, the founder of the Veterinary Wound Library, and Bandaging Angels, for their wound care do's and don'ts.Read More
Choke is a distressing situation for horses and owners. Vet Katherine Wright, from Minister Equine Veterinary Clinic in York, explains how to recognise and prevent this terrifying conditionRead More
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It's one of the most common causes of lameness affecting many horses as they age. Vet Matthew Tong explains the latest on this debilitating disease.
The best way to prevent and manage arthritis is to ensure your horse's body is working as efficiently as it can.
Regular farrier visits to balance the feet and help prevent uneven loading on the joints, keeping your horse at his ideal weight, and a regular, sensible exercise plan will all go a long way to helping your horse's joints work as nature intended.
It's also a good idea to make sure your horse is always well warmed up before strenuous exercise and well cooled down after to help protect his joints from excess wear and tear.
A good quality joint supplement that boosts your horse's levels of glucosamine and chondroitin (both help to build healthy cartilage) is recommended, and your vet will be able to advise you as to which product to invest in.
While many people reach for this kind of supplement only when stiffness becomes an issue, it may be more beneficial to give it long-term, from a younger age, especially if your horse is conformationally challenged. For example, if he's pigeon-toed.
Arthritis: The key facts
- Arthritis is one of the leading causes of lameness in the UK, and is believed to be responsible for 60% of all cases.
- Today's more sophisticated diagnosis tools include nuclear scintigraphy (better known as a bone scan) a radioactive substance that is injected that 'binds' to areas of active bony change within a joint.
- These can then be picked up hot spots by a scanner. An MRI scan - which can also be used on the horse's lower leg - can also be used to detect changes in the joint and it's surrounding soft tissue.
- Riding too fast or hard over poor terrain - be it hard, soft or boggy - can increase the chances of joint trauma and in turn predispose the joint to arthritis. So it's vital you ride with care.
Tooth decay – known as dental caries to vets – is a condition where dental tissues in the horse’s mouth have been eroded and can lead to problems including infection and tooth fracture.Read More
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