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Posted on October 30th, 2020

Vets Urge Owners: Take Steps To Avoid Seasonal Firework Trauma

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging pet owners and livestock keepers who are worried about their animals’ welfare to take steps now to avoid possible injury and distress during traditional fireworks dates such as Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve.

The advice comes as vets say they are especially concerned there may be an increase in unregulated backyard fireworks this year as official displays are limited by Covid-19 restrictions.

Many animals have more acute hearing than humans, so the loud bangs and whistles – which at 150 decibels can be as loud as the noise from a jet engine – can cause significant distress and fear and lead to the development of phobia responses. Vets see first-hand the impact of firework-related distress in horses at this time of the year. In a survey conducted by BVA in 2018, around one in fourteen vets across the country reported seeing animals with firework-related injuries over the previous year, with equine vets significantly more likely to report such cases (19%).

By far the most commonly reported cases were self-injuries caused by fireworks-related anxiety, such as fractures in horses that had bolted from their fields or tooth injuries to dogs from chewing furniture. The negative impact isn’t restricted to noise levels – the debris and remnants of fireworks and paper lanterns in fields and surrounding countryside can also pose a serious risk of injury to livestock.

Read the full article in our November/December edition…


Posted on October 30th, 2020

Time It Right This Winter…Worm Control

Parasite life cycles are linked to the seasons, which is why one of the first rules of worm control is to consider the time of year, says Dr Wendy Talbot, National Equine Veterinary Manager at Zoetis.

During the late autumn and winter most parasites are entering a less active phase but encysted small redworm (ESRW) should still be on your radar. These are larval stages of the small redworm that have stopped developing inside the horse’s gut and started hibernating instead. High burdens of encysted small redworm can cause a condition known as larval cyathostominosis when they emerge from their hibernating state. The resulting diarrhoea, colic, and severe weight loss can be fatal, especially in young horses. This typically happens in the spring but in some cases can occur earlier in the winter period.

Read the full article in our November/December 2020 edition…


Posted on October 30th, 2020

Are Your Aware Of The Risks of Equine Herpes Virus?

Respiratory disease is one of the most significant causes of poor performance in sports horses and young horses are most susceptible to infection.

Respiratory diseases are highly contagious and can pass rapidly from horse to horse, especially when horses are mixing in close contact. Horses at greater risk are those who are regularly out and about at equine events and those at yards with frequent movement of horses, says Zoetis Vet Dr Wendy Talbot.

Flu isn’t the only infectious respiratory disease You are probably familiar with equine influenza, which can cause serious illness especially in unvaccinated, young or ill horses but there is another common infectious respiratory disease that you may not yet have heard about – Equine Herpes Virus (EHV).

Read the full article in our November/December 2020 edition.


Posted on October 1st, 2019

Life During Lockdown

Check out our 34-page feature in our May 2020 edition exploring equestrian life during Covid-19 lockdown – with lots of training tutorials from top riders, feeding advice from Baileys Horse Feeds, the latest updates regarding lockdown restrictions, plus professionals give us an insight in to how they are handling the current situation…

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Posted on October 1st, 2019

Greatest test of horsemanship and survival on Earth…

Imagine yourself thundering deep into the wilds of Patagonia on horseback. You’ve got your steed underneath you and a pack horse by your side. You’re navigating across some of the wildest terrain on Earth attempting to win one of the toughest and most unusual equine challenges in history… this is the Gaucho Derby. Read all about it in our may 2020 edition…

 

Photo: Richard Dunwoody


Posted on October 1st, 2019

Latest Research: Strip grazing can help restrict weight gain

Rates of obesity are considered to be as high as 70% in some populations of ponies. Quite simply horses usually get fat because they receive more calories/energy in their diet than they burn through activities such as exercise, keeping warm and just the daily energy required to keep them alive (basal metabolic rate). Excess weight increases the risk of laminitis so it’s crucial to try and keep grass intake under control. The latest research shows that strip grazing could be a useful tool for restricting weight gain….read all about it in our May 2020 edition.

 

Photo: Sarah Shepard


Posted on July 23rd, 2019

Ride Like – Bert Sheffield

British-based para-dressage rider, Bert Sheffield, who rides for Canada, and her 10-year-old, home-produced, part-bred Gelderlander mare, Fairuza (known affectionately as ‘Wonky’ at home), will be looking at Rein Back in our September edition and how to perfect this manoeuvre. See in stores 1st September


Posted on April 30th, 2019

Ride Like: Leah Beckett

Leah Beckett, international dressage rider and Aloeride sponsored rider gives readers takes a look at lateral work and how incorporating it into your every day training can have so many benefits for you and your horse. See our June issue for the full article…


Posted on April 30th, 2019

50 Faces Campaign

To celebrate its 50th anniversary year in 2019, Riding for the Disabled Association is marking the milestone through its 50 Faces campaign, telling the stories of some of the amazing people who make RDA the extraordinary organisation it is today. In our June issue we meet two remarkable people connected with this story, Alex Sullivan and Lizzie Bennett…


Posted on April 30th, 2019

Equine Health Issue

Inflammatory airway disease (IAD) is a widespread problem that can limit the athletic performance of equines but critically without them showing any visible outward sign of ill health bar the occasional cough. They may train well at home, answering the questions asked of them, but once under increased pressure in a competitive environment be unable to perform at the highest level. A separate study found that 84% of horses that were examined showed signs of IAD, meaning their athletic ability and overall wellbeing was compromised – read about this research in our June edition.