Equine Ailments

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Equilibrium Therapy & Racehorse Rehabilitation - Our Story

Jack Dawson – Heart Stopper Jack Dawson retired sound from racing at the age of 10 in autumn 2007 after 71 races. During Jack's career he won eleven races, nine on the flat and two over hurdles. John Berry of Beverley House Stables, his…
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What is Strangles ?

What is Strangles? Equine Strangles is a bacterial infection (Streptococcus equi subspecies equi) of the upper respiratory tract of horses, causing enlargement of the lymph nodes in the throat, which may impair breathing. Strangles is highly…
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Understanding gastric ulcers in horses

Introduction to gastric ulcers Gastric ulcers, also called equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS), are thought to be present in a large proportion of horses, with an estimated 80-90% of racehorses, 60% of competition horses and 40-50% of leisure…
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Colic in horses - causes and prevention.

What causes colic? Colic can be caused by gut “spasms” (e.g. due to a change in diet), impaction of partially-digested food material or sand, stretching of the gut wall by gas, twisting of the gut so that its blood supply is cut off, displacement…
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Understanding colic in horses

  Introduction to Colic What is colic? Colic is the name given to abdominal (belly) pain usually caused by problems in the digestive system (gastrointestinal or GI tract). It is still one of the most common causes of death in horses, although…
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Understanding Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS)

Introduction to Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) What is EMS? Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) is a hormonal condition, previously termed peripheral cushingoid syndrome, pre-laminitic syndrome and syndrome X, which has similarities to diabetes…
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An introduction to Cushing’s Disease

Introduction to Cushing’s Disease (also known as PPID) What is Cushing’s Disease? Cushing’s Disease (also known as PPID, short for Pituitary Pars Intermediate Dysfunction), is a chronic progressive condition that shares some similarities…
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Understanding Laminitis

An introduction to Laminitis What is laminitis? Equine laminitis is a painful condition of the feet affecting horses and ponies. It is the most common cause of lameness in the UK. The lameness ranges from being barely noticeable to severe. Laminitis…
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Tri-Zone Boot Testing Methods

 Tri-Zone Boots - Tested to the Limits Boots are safety equipment As riders, we protect our most vital areas (head and torso) with riding hats, body protectors and more recently air jackets. Rider protective equipment is subjected to extensive…
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Essential Hoof Care

The structures in a horse’s feet are responsible for supporting the full weight of the horse over a small area. Routine foot care is therefore extremely important, as any problems in the feet can be extremely detrimental to mobility and health. Structure…