CARE OF THE GERIATRIC HORSE

Horses are generally considered geriatric when they are 20 years or older and some horses and ponies live into their 30’s. As veterinary medicine advances we are finding that many horses, like people, can live a very long and healthy life, continuing to exercise into their later years. We can all recognise some of the […]

EQUINE GASTRIC ULCER SYNDROME

EGUS (Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome) is a condition we diagnose more and more and which can have a significant impact on both a horses behaviour and its performance. Historically, people thought that ulcers only occur in competition- and racehorses, in horses with no turn out and that they are usually thin and have a dull […]

THE EQUINE BACK

The equine back is referred to as a quadrupedal trunk and has been more recently been described biomechanically as a “Bow and String” concept.  The “bow” comprises the thoraco-lumbar spine and the epaxial musculature comprising mainly of the longissimus dorsi and the multifidus. The “string” refers to the soft tissue structures supporting the trunk. e.g. […]

CARE OF THE PREGNANT MARE AND THE NEWBORN FOAL

Pregnant mares need special care and attention to optimise the likelihood of a healthy viable foal. Attention needs to be paid to feeding, preventative vaccination and general healthcare. GENERAL MANAGEMENT OF THE MARE During the last three months of pregnancy the mare requires slightly more energy than when non pregnant. Feeding a stud balancer or […]