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Spring Respiratory Health - The Clearway to Performance

Spring Respiratory Health - The Clearway to Performance

Now more than ever we are looking forward to getting out and about and enjoying our horses. Lessons, clinics and, yes, even competition are opening up again – and we can’t wait! However as we come out of lockdown, it’s worth thinking about the challenges faced, particularly at this time of year, and how we can help our horses stay fit and well, and ready for the challenge ahead.

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Preparing your horse for spring & summer

Preparing your Horse for Spring & Summer

It’s been a long, cold winter, and – more than ever – we’re looking forward to getting out and about with our horses this spring and summer. However, after a year like no other in 2020, many horse and rider combinations are facing bigger challenges than normal. Whether your aim is to return to competition, get back to that favourite fun ride, or simply enjoy hacking with friends again, our horses and ponies may find it a bigger step up than usual.

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Equine First Aid Checklist

Equine First Aid Checklist

Injury and illness can happen at any time. It is a good idea that you have a stocked first aid kit available in order to take immediate action and prevent the situation getting worse while you await veterinary advice. It is wise to have important phone numbers readily available – namely the vet and a friend with horse transport. Having a good plan in place can take the panic out of an emergency situation.

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Which horse calmer supplement is best for bonfire night?

Which horse calmer supplement is best for bonfire night?

Choose a supplement containing magnesium. The direct relationship between stress & magnesium is well documented. Poor magnesium status has been shown to cause a heightened stress response in horses. Research has shown that magnesium supplemented horses had lower heart rates in stressful situations, such as after transportation. Magnesium is safe and has no adverse effects so is ideal to use a calmer supplement.

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Tips for managing forage intake in laminitics without grazing

Tips for managing forage intake in laminitics without grazing

Grass may contain high levels of simple sugars (mainly sucrose – the same sugar you put in your tea!) and fructan or ‘stored sugar’, collectively referred to as water soluble carbohydrates or ‘WSC’. For severely laminitic horses and ponies complete removal from grazing may be the only the option, particularly during high risk periods such as spring and autumn.

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