Worming Horses

Why are worms important? Worms are internal parasites that affect all species of mammal, including humans. Many types of worms specifically affect certain species of mammal. The types of worms that affect horses are very specific for horses, so humans cannot become infested by the types of worms that affect horses. Worms can cause a […]

Why Hospitalisation can sometimes be the Best Option for Colic Cases

WHY HOSPITALISATION CAN SOMETIMES BE THE BEST OPTION FOR COLIC CASES Written by David Bartholomeusz, B. Sc, B.V.M.S, M.A.C.V.S . If you have VEVs visit you for a colic case you will often find that it may be suggested (especially if the vet is revisiting your horse, & depending on its condition), that your horse […]

Wet weather equine health concerns

Hoof conditions: With the wet a lot of people are having trouble with hoof abscesses. So what can we do to lessen the possibility of this causing a problem for our horses? What should I do if I suspect my horse has a hoof abscess?Hoof abscesses are extremely painful. You need to call your farrier […]

Underweight Horses

Every year we see many horses who are underweight. Often their owners are already trying to help the horse get to their optimal condition, or even some are not aware that their horse is at all underweight. Weight loss or an inability to maintain optimal condition can be the result of various factors, so many […]

Ticks and Horses

Most adult local horses have built up a resistance to ticks. Ticks affect foals and young horses more severely as well as immune-compromised older horses. Miniature horses may be more sensitive due to their size but usually build up a resistance over time. Horses which have been introduced to the area may not have built […]

Tetanus

Kindly composed by our Scottish colleague Dr Katie Gray The horse is the most susceptible of all domestic animals to Tetanus. Unlike other diseases which we vaccinate against, tetanus does not require contact with other horses. It is caused by a bacterium, Clostridium tetani, which is commonly found in soil contaminated by animal manure. It […]

Taking Your Horses Temperature

Not everyone has done this even if they have been around horses for years. You will need a digital thermometer (available from chemist or vet).*A horse’s temperature is taken from their rectum. For mercury thermometers:

Sustainable Horse Ownership

Many of us love nature as well as our horses, but the two can sometimes be difficult to reconcile. We all want to preserve the landscape and its inhabitants for future generations (both human and equine). As a result, we’ve compiled a list of things you can put in place to ensure your equine ownership is […]

Strangles

We do still see occasional outbreaks of this condition. In Queensland it is no longer a ‘notifiable’ disease, but in some other states this is not the case and recently there have been properties quarantined after outbreaks have been discovered. There is a Strangles vaccine (pink label) available which can be purchased individually or as […]

Snake Bite

SNAKE BITE Snake bite in horses is often fatal because more often than not they will get bitten on the face and because of this area’s very high blood supply they tend to absorb a lot of poison and therefore tend to not to do very well. Secondly, usually by the time people notice something’s […]