USING FEAR TO TRAIN HORSES
May30

USING FEAR TO TRAIN HORSES

Alison Averis HERE are some things I have been told by fellow owners and riders who have observed me re-training my little cob Peter, a pony who has an over-reactive fear response as a result of bad early experiences with people: ‘Don’t let him get away with that!’ ‘You’re being too soft with him!’ ‘He needs to have more respect!’ ‘He needs to be a little bit afraid of you!’...

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Nasal discharge The snotty nose!
May29

Nasal discharge The snotty nose!

Joe Ivey BVSc MRCVS, Rosevean Veterinary Practice If you have been around horses for any period of time you will have seen a horse with nasal discharge at some time. Nasal discharge can result from inflammation or bleeding in any part of the respiratory tract. The respiratory tract involves: the nose and nasal cavity with the air-filled bony cavities in the skull called the sinuses which communicate with the nasal cavity; the throat...

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The horse health check
May28

The horse health check

Ben Sturgeon, Bsc, BVM&S, Cert EP, MRCVS Every horse owner should be able to check a horse’s condition for signs of illness, injury, or fatigue.
The health check is critical with competitions, and it is very useful
in day to day management. Many potentially serious conditions can be picked up at an early stage by a simple series of tests. No sophisticated equipment is required. A stethoscope, a watch and a thermometer are all 
the...

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Advances in equine dentistry
May27

Advances in equine dentistry

Equine dentistry is an area of medicine and surgery that, on the whole, has remained very basic and neglected for many years until relatively recently. All of us are aware of the requirement for routine treatment of horses’ teeth to reduce sharp points that can cause pain and reduced chewing or ridden performance. This is most often at 12 monthly intervals but can be more frequent if deemed necessary. There have been, and continue to...

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Dietary strategies to overcome compromised eating and chewing functions
May25

Dietary strategies to overcome compromised eating and chewing functions

Dr Derek Cuddeford, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh The only true wild horses are the Tarpan and Przewalski, the remaining non-domesticated animals are feral horses, principally the Mustangs in North America and the Brumbys in Australia. Other examples of feral horses are the Banker Horses on the outer banks of North Carolina, the Chincoteague Ponies on the Assateague Islands off the coast of...

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