Horse Health

The heat is on – The benefits of solarium therapy

What is solarium therapy? Some horse solariums use a combination of ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) light, and some solariums eliminate harmful UV rays altogether by only using short-wave infrared heat. The heat lamps are fixed into a rounded panel, suspended from the ceiling. The rounded panel allows for a greater targeted surface area of the horse. The heat generates ...

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Internationally standardised equine therapy

The South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) has confirmed the need to regulate therapy on all animals, not only equines. There are a large number of unregulated practitioners working in the field of animal rehabilitation therapy, and the disparity in training has led to huge differences in the range of skills, ability and knowledge of practitioners. There are various short courses ...

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Your horse at the hospital – Vital questions answered

The news that your horse or pony needs an operation is always worrying to an owner and family connections. A good understanding of what will happen when you reach an equine hospital with your horse or pony can reduce anxiety, and in many cases will contribute to a successful outcome. What paperwork will I receive? For a planned (elective) procedure, ...

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Ask a vet – Pedal bone fractures in the horse

The pedal bone, also known as the coffin bone or distal phalanx, is a small half-moon shaped bone within the horse’s hoof capsule surrounded by delicate tissue called laminae. The pedal bone articulates with the short pastern bone via the distal inter-phalangeal or coffin joint. As the pedal bone is close to the sole of the horse’s hoof, fractures can ...

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Ask HQ – Your equestrian questions answered

Have a question that you’d like us to answer? Email us at hq@panorama.co.za, inbox us on Facebook or Instagram, or join our ‘Ask HQ’ Facebook group. Question: What is the difference between therapeutic and diagnostic ultrasound? Asked by Caitlin White Answer: Diagnostic ultrasound involves the use of ultrasound waves to produce an image that will aid in the diagnosis of ...

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Winter Hoof Care

As the days become shorter and the nights longer, winter is certainly on its way. South African winters are considered fairly mild compared to other parts of the world, but in some of our regions, it can still get very cold at night! As the weather differs vastly throughout our country, with the Cape regions usually getting winter rainfall and ...

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Snug in a rug

There are many types of horse blankets available on the market, namely day sheets, fleece sheets, medium duvets, heavy duvets, coolers, sweat sheets, fly sheets, neck rugs, exercise sheets, rain sheets and turnout rugs. Horse blankets can also be used to keep a horse’s coat short. If horses are blanketed in early autumn before it gets too cold, they will ...

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Nerve blocking

One of the biggest mysteries horse owners can face is why their horses may be lame. Lameness has a variety of causes, and it is often very difficult to pinpoint exactly what the cause of it is. With modern technology and extensive research, veterinary practices have advanced to making use of nerve and joint blocks to aid in deciphering where ...

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Positive flexion tests

Flexion tests of both the fore- and hindlimbs are common diagnostic tools, particularly used for the purposes of pre-purchase examination. Many of us have heard the words ‘failed flexion test’ or ‘positive flexion test’ when looking into buying or selling a horse, but what do these terms really mean? What is the significance of these results and how seriously should ...

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Effects of training too hard, too soon

It’s very exciting to have the opportunity to school a young horse and see the progress through many hours of training, time and effort. However, all too often riders and trainers get carried away too quickly, and we subject the young horse to injury – not intentionally, but it can happen nonetheless. We explore the main training injuries sustained by ...

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