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    Bathing your horse

    18 April 2018 Last updated: 2 June 2020 - By in Pet Care

    The weather has warmed up and so a lot of you will be out bathing your horses. For the best results, follow our top tips and help transform your muddy monsters into gleaming show-ready horses. What you will need: Sponge Bucket Horse shampoo Sweat scraper Coat shine spray Mane and tail conditioner If your horse is particularly muddy when you star...

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  • Top tips for getting your horse fit Image

    Top tips for getting your horse fit

    21 February 2018 Last updated: 9 June 2020 - By in Pet Care

    With shows looking a likihood for July, you might want to start thinking abour your horse's fitness levels. Whether you like competing or just want to get out hacking for longer, ensuring your horse's fitness is what it should be means they are less likely to injure themselves. There are many fitness plans you can find online, in magazines or on th...

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  • Virbac's guide to understanding pinworm Image

    It is frequently reported that Oxyuris equi, more commonly known as pinworm, can be seen in horse dung even after treatment. There are regular postings on equine forums on the subject which are often inaccurate or ill-informed, and there can be a tendency to blame wormer resistance for the problem. This article aims to describe the lifecycle of the...

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    Top tips for clipping

    1 October 2015 - By in Pet Care

    As we come into winter, you will probably find that your horse's coat needs clipping. When a horse is worked with a full coat, it gets uncomfortably warm, sweats more and takes longer to dry after exercise. Depending on the breed of horse and the thickness of its coat, you may well need to clip him fairly often! For safe and effective clipping, fol...

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  • Equine Cushing's Disease (PPID) Image

    Equine Cushing's Disease (PPID)

    14 September 2015 - By in Pet Care

    ‘Equine Cushing's Disease’ is a common hormonal disease of horses and ponies which is now known as PPID. PPID stands for ‘pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction’ which refers to the part of the brain which is affected by the condition. The ‘dysfunction’ describes increased hormone output from the pituitary gland a...

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  • Top 5 Tips on Feeding Rabbits and Guinea Pigs Image

    Top 5 Tips on Feeding Rabbits and Guinea Pigs

    6 August 2015 Last updated: 27 May 2020 - By in Small Animals

    No single small animal food can be classed as “complete”. Small animals, often referred to as fibrevores, have a complex digestive system which requires two types of fibre; digestible and indigestible, and to help owners incorporate this fibre into their pet’s daily diet Burgess Pet Care created the Burgess Excel Five Step Feeding...

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  • Hickstead + VioVet + Equitop Myoplast promises to be an excellent combination! Image

    Hickstead showground is a premier, family-run equestrian venue first opened in 1960 by Douglass Bunn. On the 24th - 28th June 2015 the iconic Hickstead Derby Meeting is held. It is one of the most notable showjumping competitions in the world, with famous riders travelling from all over to take part. Horses competing at Hickstead will have had mont...

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    Managing overweight equines

    13 May 2015 Last updated: 13 May 2020 - By in Pet Care

    As we all know, being overweight is just as serious as being underweight and this is no different in horses. Carrying excess weight puts extra strain on joints and ligaments as well the major organs. Obese horses and ponies are much more likely to develop conditions such as laminitis, insulin resistance and equine metabolic disorder. If you read ou...

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  • Riding Hat Rules - Update Image

    Riding Hat Safety With much talk in the press recently about hat safety standards we are here to dispel the myths around the EN1384 standard. EN1384 standard hats ARE still a perfectly safe hat to use and protect you. If you do not compete in any competitions and your hat meets the EN1384 standard you do not need to purchase a new hat with the...

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  • How to correctly body condition score your horse Image

    How to correctly body condition score your horse

    24 April 2015 Last updated: 23 January 2020 - By in Pet Care

    Knowing the weight of your horse is important when it comes to worming and following feeding guides on the back of feed bags but your horse’s weight doesn’t tell you whether he is too fat or too thin. Two horses of the same height could weigh totally different amounts but both be in ‘good condition.' So how do you know if your hor...

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