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Archive for category: Equine Ailments


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 contagious and is one of the most commonly diagnosed equine infectious diseases worldwide. There are around 600 outbreaks of […]


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 horses suffering from this condition. What are gastric ulcers? Gastric ulcers are lesions (i.e. abnormal areas of […]


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 of a segment of gut from its normal position, stomach ulcers […]


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 prognosis has improved with better diagnosis and treatment. What are the different types […]


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 […]


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 testing to meet standards and regulations and we believe that as a vital part of your horse, […]


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 of the foot Coronary band This is located at the top of the […]