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  • Bathing your horse Image

    Bathing your horse

    18 April 2018 - By in Pet Care

    The weather has finally turned 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 st...

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  • Top tips for getting your horse fit Image

    Having a fit horse for the coming season, whether you like competing or just want to get out hacking for longer, means that your horse is less likely to injure themselves. There are many fitness plans you can find online, in magazines or on the advice of others, but make sure you read our top tips before you start your horse’s regimen to get...

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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 Image

    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’ 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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  • 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 Image

    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

    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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  • Horse & Rider Magazine Gear Guide Image

    Horse and Rider Magazine - May 2015 Issue - Gear Guide This month's Horse and Rider Magazine has a Gear Guide, featuring rider clothing. If you've seen the feature and something has caught your eye (or even if you haven't seen it!) read on to see which items we sell at VioVet. You could save £££ plus get it delivered to your door,...

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