Horse Health

Winter feeding

With the onset of winter, you may need to adjust your horse’s feeding to keep him healthy and correctly nourished through the colder months. Winter energy requirements In colder weather, some horses may need to eat more to maintain their condition. This depends on many factors – a horse with a good coat who is well sheltered should be fine even ...

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Is your horse overweight?

We would all like our horses to be at their ideal weight, particularly if we are competing. The fact that racehorses are handicapped by having lead weights added to their saddles is evidence of how much extra weight affects performance. Horses, like their human counterparts, come in all shapes and sizes and some are more prone to putting on weight ...

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Do you know your blankets?

With winter approaching, blanketing pops up in every horse owner’s mind – do I need to blanket my horse? What type of blanket should I use? It all boils down to personal preference and your horse’s individual needs. This month we look at the types of blankets and when they are used to help make your decision a little easier. ...

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The Masterson Method

Most horse owners are aware that horses develop aches and pains over time, particularly if they lead active competitive careers. Fortunately, we live in an age where an increasing number of specialists offer their expertise to assist in resolving these issues. We’re now able to choose from an array of approaches, from chiropractic and physiotherapy, to acupuncture and magnetic therapy. ...

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Killers in your paddock

Are our weeds purely a cosmetic blemish in our horsey heaven, or do they actually present a danger to our horses? HQ tackles South Africa’s potentially dangerous weeds with advice on how to identify them, what dangers they present, and how to manage or eradicate them. South African ragwort The first weed that we tackle is ragwort, known and feared ...

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Artificial light for breeding

Horses are seasonal breeders – this is why most foals in the Southern Hemisphere are born during spring and early summer. Their reproductive systems depend on natural sunlight to function. Mares have multiple oestrous cycles throughout the warmer seasons of the year. When the seasons turn colder, a mare’s reproductive cycle becomes irregular and therefore she will be less likely ...

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Skin and coat care

South Africa with its beautiful sunny climate, can wreak havoc with our horse’s coats though. There is nothing worse than a beautiful dark bay all bleached and ‘burnt’ looking with a coat that has lost its silky texture. There are a number of ways to protect your horse from the sun – both internal and external. First we need to ...

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Equilume

Ever wondered why foals are born during the summer? Horses are seasonal breeding animals, meaning that they prefer to breed during the light summer seasons. A horse’s gestation period is 11 months, so a mare will foal down in the next summer season. The reason for this is that animals of prey who are born during the warm and light ...

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African Horse Sickness vaccine update

As horse owners, it is our responsibility to ensure that horses are vaccinated every year and that any movement of horses into the Western Cape African Horse Sickness (AHS) controlled area complies with policy requirements. Apart from mitigating the risks of horses getting the virus and retaining the free zone, the vaccination protocol requires some pre-planning to accommodate any competition, ...

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AHS Update: Genome studies

Researchers in Pretoria have conducted a study of the complete genome sequences of plaque selected isolates of each of the 3 virus strains included in a South African commercial trivalent African horse sickness attenuated live virus vaccine.

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