Horse Health

Horses and humans in harmony – The healing ways of Oppistal

Oppistal is a fully fledged equestrian facility situated in the beautiful Cradle of Humankind. They strive to create harmony between humans and horses. Yolanda Steyn, director of Oppistal, believes that horses can assist humans to balance them spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. If one doesn’t deal with an issue on a spiritual, emotional or mental level, the issue will present ...

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Bun in the oven – The development of a foal

It’s very exciting to be involved in breeding a live, healthy foal. Besides, who doesn’t love the sound of tiny hooves cantering around in the paddock alongside your beautiful mare? In part one, which appeared in the July issue (HQ124), we explored the mare’s reproductive cycle. We now look at the stages of gestation of the pregnant mare. Falling pregnant ...

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Are our vets earning enough?

From 24 to 27 July, the South African Veterinary Association (SAVA) and the South African Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine (SASVEPM) held a congress at Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, Boksburg. The congress, now in its ninth year, invited veterinarians and industry specialists from all over the country to congregate at Birchwood’s impressive conference centre, which ...

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How green is your yard?

All over the world, people are making eco-friendly decisions to minimise their footprint on the environment and preserve necessary resources. Many are opting for green solutions, whether it’s in the home, business or industrial sectors. There are several ways that your yard can be more eco-friendly, and we take a look at some of those solutions in this month’s issue. ...

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The DIY yard

Anyone who runs a yard – be it small or large – knows that keeping horses is no easy task. Things break and get lost on a daily basis, and horses find a way of getting themselves into trouble at the most inconvenient of times. It’s always handy as a horse owner to have a few tricks up your sleeve ...

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Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA)

In South Africa, the disease that we most fear is African Horse Sickness. This endemic disease has led to worldwide restrictions on South African horses and remains a concern for horse owners in South Africa. However, in light of the international issue, we decided to focus on equine viral arteritis (EVA), a disease that was first identified in 1953 and ...

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Paddock Paradise

Our horses today live truly domestic lives, and often they are deprived of a natural environment that can impact the small things – like hoof care. Paddock Paradise is a management concept that was first adopted in the United States as a means of providing domestic horses with an environment that is similar to their natural habitat. In 2007, Jaime ...

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Exporting a horse

Many of our top riders source horses overseas and import them to South Africa to compete at the top level of local equestrian sport. While bringing horses in is fairly painless, exporting a horse is an entirely different story with a far more delicate process in place. The majority of our horses who are exported are sent for sale purposes. ...

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Flat feet

Flat-footedness is a common problem that several horse owners and farriers face, and it is especially prominent in Thoroughbreds. Flat feet develop as a result of genetics, conformation faults, poor physical conditions, lack of hoof care or early shoeing, as is the case for most Thoroughbreds. Long toes and underrun heels go hand-in-hand with flat feet. Most horses can recover ...

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Horsey hydration – Winter water management

Your horse, like many other species, needs sufficient water intake on a daily basis to keep him hydrated and to aid in digestion, regardless of whether he is a top competition horse or a happy hack. Over the winter period, a horse’s water intake becomes far less, as he does not need to replenish fluids lost to sweat as he ...

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