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Why I Use Chemical Wormers – Encysted Strongyles

By Cynthia Cooper I would love to be able to worm my horses more naturally, and years ago I tried it that way, but their health was suffering due to the following issues: Property too small for the number of horses (15 on less than 40 acres). Not enough help/time to pick up poo regularly and […]

Colic, Peritonitis and Worms

What do these conditions have in common? Colic and Peritonitis are both serious issues that require immediate veterinary treatment, and both can be caused by worms! This is something I discovered when my 6yo Arabian stallion Finn, suffered a colic episode that also resulted in hypothermia as he went down on a cold wet day. Thankfully, […]

Your Horse is what it Eats

by Cynthia Cooper Horses evolved to eat small amounts of grasses, herbs and minerals almost constantly throughout the day. They covered many miles to reach water and lived in small herds of varied ages and sexes. Does this sound like the modern horse? Not really – their involvement with humans has necessitated their restriction and […]

Hoof Abscess – when being ‘kind’ is cruel

While reading the book ‘Perfect Partners’ by Kelly Marks (an excellent book by the way) I was struck by a very true statement she made…. “Well meaning is not the same as well being for the horse”. One of the ways we tend to show good care for our horse is to provide plenty of […]

Stringhalt in horses

In Australia, stringhalt in horses is commonly seen in summer and autumn as drought-stressed pastures are overtaken with weeds such as false Dandelion (also known as Catsear or Flatweed) and Capeweed. Toxins from these weeds affect the nervous system resulting in an exaggerated high stepping action in one or both hind legs. In mild cases, […]

Mud Fever/Greasy Heel Treatment Tips

Mud Fever or greasy heel affects the lower limbs of our equine friends and may cause pain and swelling that is accompanied with crusty scabs of varying sizes. In serious cases, the horse may become lame and the whole leg seriously swollen and infected. WHAT CAUSES IT? Mud fever was thought to be caused by […]

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