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Archive for category: Equine Ailments


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 in humans. It is a complex, multi-factorial condition associated with an increase in susceptibility to laminitis. What causes EMS? EMS may be caused […]


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 with equine metabolic syndrome. It is one of most common problems affecting the hormonal (endocrine) system in horses and ponies and particularly in […]


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 involves inflammation in the sensitive tissues of the foot (laminae). These tissues connect the […]


Prevention and Treatment of Sweet Itch

Understanding sweet itch.  The weather is getting warmer, the sun is high in the sky, and your horse starts itching and rubbing his mane and tail. Sound familiar? Many owners dread the onset of summer because of the continuous threat of sweet itch. Sweet itch, or Summer Seasonal Recurrent Dermatitis, is an allergic reaction to the bites […]


Managing Cushing’s Disease in the Competition Horse

Feed management of the competition horse with Cushing’s Disease The main challenges for the competition horse with Cushing’s Disease are ensuring your horse has sufficient energy, strength and endurance to compete whilst reducing the risk of complications caused by Cushing’s Disease  (PPID).  Pergolide, the main medicine used to treat Cushings Disease is not permitted in […]


Managing arthritis

Horses can suffer from arthritis whether young or old, so it is important to know how to manage the condition and what to look out for. Many horse owners associate arthritis with old age and wear and tear on the body, however, it is actually a surprisingly common condition and can affect horses of all […]


Preventing Mud Fever

  Top tips for preventing mud fever Cold wet mud oozing over your boots and your fields are under water. Sound familiar? We all dread wet, muddy winters, particularly if your horse suffers from mud fever. Here we give you some top tips for preventing mud fever. What is mud fever? Mud fever is a […]


What is ringbone?

What is ringbone? Equine ringbone is a form of osteoarthritis. It is a form of joint disease where excess bone is laid down inside or around the joints of the limbs. This excess bone can cause pain and interfere with the normal working of the joint and can be extremely serious if the bony growth […]