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Caring for an Ex-Racehorse

Dec 22nd, 2016 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

Ex-racehorses are now becoming very popular as riding horses owing to their athletic and intelligent nature. They tend to be well handled and are usually good to load, travel, shoe and clip. Often they are used to hacking to the gallops and are very good in traffic. However they do need good care and attention to maintain a healthy horse so should...

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Arthritis in horses

Dec 8th, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

What is arthritis? Otherwise known as degenerative joint disease (DJD), arthritis is a progressive and irreversible condition affecting the articular cartilage in the joint. Over time, repeated trauma (wear and tear) causes erosion of the cartilage that cushions the ends of bones within a weight-bearing joint. This is often the natural consequence...

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A guide to winter grooming

Dec 5th, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

Winter weather has well and truly arrived, which means dry flaky skin, dull coats and mud-matted hair for our dogs and outdoor cats. Strong, chilly winds, frequent downpours and cold temperatures can be very damaging to the skin and coat, as can stuffy central heating that’s on longer (and hotter!) during the winter months. This sudden switch...

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Rug and temperature guide

Dec 1st, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

Winter is when most horses will start wearing their heavy turnout rugs, as the majority of those in work will be clipped. If you’re not exercising your horse over the winter months, you probably won’t need to rug him as his thick natural coat will insulate him from the elements. There are many reasons why rugging is necessary for some h...

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Fireworks tips & advice

Oct 27th, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

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Take the stress out of bonfire night for your horses

Oct 27th, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

Written by Dr Becky Lees BVSc Cert AVP (EM) MRCVS. Many people enjoy bonfire night, but for us horse owners it can be an extremely stressful time of the year. Horses are flight animals which means that anything unexpected can startle them. Individual horses’ reactions can vary greatly and knowing what’s best for your horse can be a real...

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Road safety for horse riders

Oct 13th, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

Horses are large and powerful flight animals, which makes them (and their riders) amongst the most vulnerable groups of road users. When startled by noise or fast-moving vehicles, a horse may rear up or bolt – the consequences of which can be terrible for horses, riders and motorists. In the UK, there are roughly 3 million horse riders and ma...

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Supporting your cat's skin and coat

Oct 11th, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

Outdoor cats typically shed twice throughout the year; once in spring and then again in autumn to make room for their thick winter undercoats to come through. Because the shedding cycle is affected by daylight hours, indoor cats have slightly confused cycles and tend to shed continually throughout the year. For this reason, it is important to groom...

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Maintaining your dog's coat this winter

Oct 10th, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

Winter is a tough time for your dog’s skin and coat, with atmospheric changes and a sudden drop in temperature causing the skin to dry out and the coat to lose some of its lusciousness. From a human perspective, this is fairly similar for us come October, when the wind, rain and frosty conditions dehydrate our skin and cause it to become dry...

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Avoid clipping calamities!

Sep 29th, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

Be clipping perfect with expert tips from Nettex's brand ambassador and top show producer Lynn Russell, and Nettex clipping expert Serena Kidd. Gear checklist Serviced clippers Sharp blades that are suitable for your horse’s coat Spare blades just in case Fully charged battery pack or access to electric socket Clipping oil Chalk sticks Fleece...

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