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Monthly Archive for: ‘March, 2013’

  • Riding arena surfaces

    Below is some advice for the construction, use and maintenance of riding arena surfaces. This has been compiled with the Animal Health Trust from a World Horse Welfare funded project, in partnership with the FEI and World Class Performance UK Sport Lottery funding, to evaluate …

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  • Cutting cost without compromising on welfare

    Equine charities receive a large number of calls every month from horse owners seeking alternative homes for their animals. There are over one million horses and donkeys in the UK and the charitable sector has limited space available and must prioritise welfare and rescue cases. …

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  • Feeding

    All animals require food to maintain bodily condition, provide the raw materials for growth, repair damaged tissues and provide energy for work or exercise. The horse is a grazing animal, designed to eat almost constantly throughout the day. Their natural feed is grass and they …

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  • Fireworks

    Many people enjoy bonfire night, but for horse owners it can be a worrying time. Horses are often upset by both the sound and sight of fireworks going off. Here are some ideas that can help you and your horse have a less stressful night: …

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  • Horse

    Just in Case

    The one subject every horse owner should know about is the one subject most of us don’t consider. It’s all about making a plan, just in case. If the worst happened and your horse suddenly got ill or injured, how many of us would know what …

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  • Keep your horse healthy with a free disease prevention pack

    Last year, the UK horse industry was given a reminder of the increasing threat from infectious disease when Equine Infectious Anaemia was diagnosed in three locations in England for the first time since 1976. The first case occurred in Wiltshire in January, followed by cases …

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  • Laminitis

    WHAT ARE LAMINITIS, FOUNDER AND SINKERS? WHO IS AT RISK? The distal phalanx (coffin bone) is suspended in the horse’s hoof because of the bond between the dermal and epidermal (sensitive and insensitive) laminae. Laminitis is an extremely painful condition which puts this attachment at risk. If …

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  • No teeth, no horse

    Good dental care is essential for a horse’s well being. Horses with poor teeth soon suffer from a host of other problems. Use the following checklist to ensure good tooth care: Get a vet or qualified equine dentist, who has been referred by a vet, to …

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  • Preventing Horse Thefts

    Sadly, horse thefts do happen, but there are things that owners can do to deter thieves. Things you can do: Ensure that your horse is freezemarked or microchipped: This is easy to arrange and your horse’s details are put onto a central computer. Most companies …

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  • Ragwort

    Imagine this: You stop eating. You get stomach pains. You’re losing weight – fast. You have no energy. The sun hurts your skin. You lose co-ordination. You’re struggling to breathe. Now you’re going blind. Worst of all, you can’t tell anyone how bad you feel – and …

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