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  • Hindgut Health - Why is it so important in horses? Image

    Hindgut Health - Why is it so important in horses?

    5 May 2020 (Last Updated: 5 May 2020) - by MSD (Guest Author) in Horses

    Horses are designed to be trickle feeders, chewing high fibre roughage for the majority of the day. Their digestive systems are adapted to efficiently use this fibre for energy, with 60-70% of a horse’s energy requirements coming from the hindgut. The population of micro-organisms in the hindgut ferment the high fibre roughage to slowly relea...

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    Spring turnout advice

    29 April 2020 - by in Horses

    Spring is here! The sun is out and our ponies are loving the longer days out in the field, especially the fresh lush spring grass that comes with it. However is this good for them? In fact spring pasture-associated laminitis, obesity and digestive problems are a real issue horse owners need to be aware of. Do not worry though, below is a guide on a...

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    How to cope with cancelled shows & events

    17 March 2020 (Last Updated: 18 March 2020) - by in Horses

    Competition season is upon us and for many it’s a time of great anticipation and excitement, with much preparation having gone into readying your horse (and yourself) for the demands of competitions. However, with Covid-19 forcing many competitions and events into cancellation, with no clear indication as to when the current situation will ea...

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    Major change to whip rules at British Showjumping

    6 January 2020 (Last Updated: 6 January 2020) - by in Horses

    As of the 1st January this year, only one type of whip will now be permitted at British Showjumping. After calls for tightened welfare standards across the sport, it would appear that measures are now being taken to address the use of whips and spurs and penalise incidences where both are used excessively. The new rules address the type, length, ma...

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    The Truth About Mud Fever

    6 November 2019 - by in Horses

    What is Mud Fever? Mud Fever is a bacterial skin infection which affects the lower legs and feet of horses. The condition is characterised by redness and swelling, painful sores or scabs, as well as hair loss and discharge in many cases. If not treated early, infection can progress further up the leg. Causes Persistently wet and muddy conditions su...

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    Autumn horse care tips

    17 October 2019 (Last Updated: 1 September 2020) - by in Horses

    Adapting to the changing seasons is something horses are very good at, but the coming of autumn and winter isn’t without its problems, and these will necessitate forward thinking and careful management. Routines will change and you may need to re-think feeding to ensure your horse is still getting everything it needs. New risks will become ap...

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    Keeping your horse calm through fireworks

    17 September 2019 (Last Updated: 7 October 2020) - by in Horses

    With firework season approaching, you may need to start thinking about how you will manage your horse’s stress levels. Firework displays can be particularly disruptive and lead to heightened stress in horses, which can be dangerous if you haven’t taken the necessary precautions. If your horse is particularly nervous they may injure them...

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    Fun facts about horses

    30 August 2019 - by in Horses

    Horses have graced the Earth for over 50 million years, according to records. Intelligent, athletic and powerful, there is lots we already know about these amazing creatures, but also lots we can still learn from them. Did you know, for example, that the fastest recorded speed of a horse was 55mph? We’ve compiled a list of other fun facts you...

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    Seeing your horse every day can sometimes make it hard to notice when their weight fluctuates. Whether they’re gaining weight or losing it, it is important to work with your vet to establish the reason why and work out the best course of action. Maintaining a healthy body weight comes down to the right diet, regular (but suitable) exercise, a...

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    Natural horsemanship is something you’ve probably heard many times and may well have mixed feelings about. As with anything, there will be those that swear by it as an effective means of training, and those that are cynical of its powers. For those that are less familiar with it as a training approach, here we’ve given a basic overview....

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