Horse Health

The nature of horse food – Part 1

The horse’s digestive system is unique and complicated, and mistreating it can lead to a myriad of problems. With the help of our expert, Dr Marion Young, we help you understand how it works and how the various feeds available affect it. Understanding the basics Before delving into the complicated labyrinth that makes up the digestive system of the horse, ...

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Rider nutrition and health – Part 1

  The media is filled with news and information on the latest ways to improve human health and athletic abilities. You can improve your physical performance in every area from cycling to golf to spelunking! Yet equestrians seldom get the same attention. Perhaps this is due to the long-held belief that the horse does all the work. Any rider will ...

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Healthy horse breeding

Breeding the very best quality horses relies on not only using good bloodstock, but also ensuring the health of both mare and stallion at every step. Veterinarian Dr Pia Randleff-Rasmussen covers all the necessary health topics for breeding: from venereal diseases to deworming schedules for pregnant mares. Ensuring that your breeding programme goes well means starting way before you pair ...

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Equine rehabilitation: Back to work

If your horse has been out of work for a period of time due to injury, foaling, illness or for any other reason, getting him back into work is a process. Our experts offer their advice on equine rehabilitation. There are a number of reasons why your horse might be out of work, including but not limited to the following: ...

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Horse vaccinations in SA

A vaccination is an injection (with a sterile syringe and needle) of bacteria or viruses that cause a horse to build immunity to a specific illness. These organisms are inactivated or modified to avoid causing the disease themselves. Normally 2 or more doses are needed to start an adequate immune response. Once the first and booster vaccine are done, then the ...

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