HORSE CARE

Caring for your horse in hot weather

Hot weather has its own range of challenges for you and your horse. Making sure that they don’t get dehydrated or struggle to deal with the heat is important. Water A 500kg horse needs to drink 25 Litres of water daily in normal weather. This only goes up when the weather becomes warmer and your…

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Moody mare – is it her hormones?

Mares are seasonal breeders and require long, light days to induce follicular activity. In the UK, most mares begin cycling naturally from mid-March and continue until autumn. This is when they enter a period of sexual inactivity known as anoestrus. “Spring heat” is the transitional phase where follicular activity of the ovaries start. This can…

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When is it the right time to say goodbye?

It’s always that difficult question when you have an older horse or pony. They are getting progressively stiffer and struggling to hold their condition as well as they used to. You start to ask yourself, is it time to let them go? Sometimes, the decision is taken out of our hands as the result of…

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Rugging your horse

We’ve probably all had the dilemma as to what is the right rug for our horse when rugging them. Is he too hot or too cold? Especially when the mornings are chilly and then the day warms up. You should bear in mind that horses are very good at regulating their own temperature and are…

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Winter care advice

As the days get shorter and the weather deteriorates all equestrians experience the feeling of dread for the long winter ahead. For us, winter isn’t just about wrapping up warm and enjoying evenings in front of the fire. Whilst we pull on some extra layers and brave the mud to ensure our beloved horses can…

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Advice on fireworks night

Most horse owners will dread that time in early November (or New Year’s Eve) when fireworks seem to go on forever. This is especially as horses and fireworks can be a difficult combination to manage. This year there may be fewer organised displays due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, this may mean that more private households…

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Vetting a Horse

  Vetting a Horse Once you’ve chosen a horse or pony that you would like to buy, before making the final decision, it is sensible to have a pre-purchase veterinary examination performed (vet’s certificate or a ‘vetting’ as it is often known). Getting a horse vetted Vetting or pre-purchase examinations are often not a significant…

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Why the Horse Health Programme is a good idea for horse owners

Why the Horse Health Programme is a good idea for horse owners Meet our newest blogger Martha: Martha is an Ambulatory Vet at one of our great practices, B&W Equine Vets!   First of all let me introduce myself, my name is Martha and I’ve worked for B&W Equine Vets for three and a half…

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Equine Myths

As owners and perhaps competitors, we have many responsibilities towards our horses. This includes feeding and caring for them properly, and addressing any injuries or illnesses, but that responsibility doesn’t stop at the stable door. We also have wider responsibilities within the equine community – mainly to not cause or allow harm to others through…

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