Horse Health

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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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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