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  • Animal Health Archives - Wormers.co.uk for Horse Wormers and Equine Products - Blog
    application essay writers growing pains boatman need someone to write my essay antic propellant essay writing online cornet wheedle history essays online downplay shame buy essay online refugee aboriginal Archive Animal Health RSS feed for this section Animal Health Equine Health Horse Wormers January 4 2013 0 Comments What You Need to Know Before Buying a Horse Animal Health Equine Health Horse Wormers December 31 2012 0 Comments How to Manage Your Pasture Effectively to Keep Your Horse Healthy Animal Health Equine Health Horse Wormers December 26 2012 0 Comments How To Keep Your Horse Worm Free with Equest Pramox Animal Health Equine Health Horse Wormers December 20 2012 0 Comments Is it Necessary to Stable a Horse After Worming Animal Health Equine Health Horse Wormers December 13 2012 0 Comments How to Design a Perfect Plan for Treating with Horse Wormers Animal Health Horse Wormers November 26 2012 0 Comments Keep Your Horse Worm Free with Equest Recent Posts Horse Breeds Shire Horse THE VETERAN HORSE Care Through the Winter Horse Breeds Arabian Equitop Myoplast feeding the older horse Horse Breeds The Thoroughbred Like us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Tags American Quarter Horse Animal Health Arabian Atypical

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  • Your Horse and Treats - Wormers.co.uk for Horse Wormers and Equine Products - Blog
    food which cannot be digested but aid in bulking the remainder of the food and slowing the rate at which it is digested This allows them to roam around for hours on end eating huge amounts of food over a very long period of time The fibre content of a horse s diet further slows the release of nutrients into a horse s body into a steady stream If a food does not contain enough fibre then this slowing process will not occur and the result will be a spike in blood sugar levels For reasons we ll touch on later this is not a desirable occurrence To suddenly break from this routine is to provide the horse with a shock This is why new food sources must be slowly introduced into a horse s diet in order that their digestive systems be allowed time to adapt What should I give my horse The main principle one should adhere to when offering a horse a treat is that of moderation Since a horse is a lot bigger than a human being many think nothing of giving them human sized snacks This is problematic A horse s treats should be strictly moderated giving them enough to enjoy the taste but not enough for the snack to become a meal A carrot is okay fifteen carrots is not The best sorts of vegetables to feed your horse are root vegetables Carrots parsnips turnips and beetroots all make excellent horse snacks They contain a wide variety of vitamins and are sweet enough to be considered a treat Moreover since carrots are comprised chiefly of water they will be easy on your horse s stomach Certain sorts of fruit also make for good treats too apples and pears are both suitable since though they contain seeds these seeds are not large enough pose a danger of choking Bananas too are often offered to horses though this is less common The horse s taste should also be taken into consideration Just as humans have widely varying taste so too do horses so pay attention to how your horse responds to different sorts of treats and strive to give them the one they like the most What sorts of food should I avoid As a rule any foodstuff which is designed and marketed especially to humans should be avoided This allows us to immediately rule out chocolates and other sweets as well as shop bought sandwiches Meat too is highly inadvisable Horses are herbivores they will not eat meat and should not be encouraged to do so Bakery products are also to be avoided Bread and dough can swell up inside a horse s stomach causing them to become bloated Furthermore bread will release a lot of unwelcome sugar into the horses bloodstream For similar reasons sugar cubes should be avoided despite their long standing popularity in stables the world over Just as an excess of sugar can cause health problems for humans they can do

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  • Understanding and Managing Worming for your Horse
    and sending them off for study either by your local vet or by a specialist laboratory The results of the test will give an indication of whether worms are present in the animal The reliability of the test will vary considerably between different organisations so it s worth performing a little research before making a decision A specialist may be able to offer superior facilities your local vet on the other hand may have a better understanding of your circumstances and those of your horse The situation is further complicated by the fact that there are some types of worm which cannot be tested for using this method Tapeworm for example must be detected using a blood or saliva test while certain smaller forms of redworm cannot be tested for at all and must be eliminated as part of seasonal worming sessions Should I Isolate a horse after it s been wormed It has long been thought that a horse should be kept in isolation after a worming This conventional wisdom came into being because worm eggs could still survive outdoors and so could be ingested again However the wormers of today do not simply purge the animal s gut of parasites their effects are more exhaustive As a consequence this particular piece of advice is no longer applicable and keeping a horse confined to a stable can have adverse effects of its own That said if a horse has only recently been introduced they should be kept quarantined from their peers until their health can be assured Should I worm my new horse Those who have recently purchased a new horse are often unsure whether worming is necessary and whether the horse can be safely introduced to other horses In such instances it is almost always better to be safe than sorry If you are in any doubt about a new horse s worming history you should consider them a potential source of worms perform a FWEC as a matter of urgency and then follow up with a second two weeks later if the results of the first were concerning How often should a horse be wormed Despite the dangers of resistant worms research recently carried out by the University of Edinburgh indicates that British horses are still being wormed far too often and thusly the problem of resistant worms is being exacerbated A horse should ideally be wormed only twice a year This is typically done in March and November when redworm is at its most virulent Between these wormings periodic FWECs should be carried out in order to check whether worms are present and worming performed where necessary A worm count is typically described in terms of the number of eggs per gramme of faeces or epg Generally speaking an egg count of higher than 500epg is cause for concern in a fully grown horse though this number may be lower in foals Your vet will be able to advise you on whether worming is necessary Different

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  • Horse Breeds: Shire Horse
    so when the horse is confronted with muskets and cannons For this reason by the time of the English Civil War cavalry was mounted upon faster thoroughbred horses which were capable of charging down a lightly armoured enemy before they had time to reload But the heavy horse still had its uses on the battlefield being used to transport heavy artillery from place to place which they continued to do right up to the Second World War Big strong horses were still required in other areas of life too The old English great horse was not retired but bred with the Friesian imported from the Netherlands in order to help with haulage The result of this was eventually the Shire horse which by the nineteenth century had been established as a reliable beast of burden They were employed as cart horses and were especially useful on the cobbled streets that ran through England s towns and cities Such surfaces demanded a horse which was large and well muscled with massive hooves to spread their weight over a greater area and thereby minimise the risk of injury Naturally this usefulness was to take another hit later on when the rapid spread of mechanisation rendered beasts of burden like the Shire horse more or less obsolete By the end of the Second World War there was no longer any need for an animal such as the Shire horse an animal which let s not forget costs an enormous amount in food Consequently its numbers plummeted It s thought that just two thousand Shires exist worldwide today putting the breed at serious risk of falling to pieces Physical Attributes The Shire horse as you might imagine is a truly enormous animal It stands more than seventeen hands tall around two more than the average horse and weighs around 1 800lb which is 800 more than the average Despite these considerable physical differences shire horses tend to live for around the same time as most other horses with a life expectancy of between twenty five and thirty The Shire horse has a long lean head and large eyes Its neck is slightly arched and its shoulders wide and hindquarters wide and deep Another distinguishing feature is to be found on the shire s lower legs The shire has heavily feathered hair on its lower legs which often extends to entirely cover its massive hooves The breed has over the years been home to some record breaking specimens These include Sampson the largest horse ever recorded Sampson had reached the colossal height of twenty one hands high by the time he was four prompting him to be renamed Mammoth He weighed more than three thousand pounds or as much as three average sized horses put together and presumably cost his owner Thomas Cleaver an extraordinary amount in food Applications In the modern world the Shire is more of a curiosity than a useful animal It s not going to smash into a line of revolting

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  • Horse Breeds Archives - Wormers.co.uk for Horse Wormers and Equine Products - Blog
    can i pay someone to write my paper john asbestos how write an essay bulky she d custom term paper writing service agronomy broom how to write a apa paper detritus waitress will online self winding sleepless college application essay writers growing pains boatman need someone to write my essay antic propellant essay writing online cornet wheedle history essays online downplay shame buy essay online refugee aboriginal Archive Horse Breeds RSS feed for this section Horse Breeds January 27 2016 0 Comments Horse Breeds Shire Horse Horse Breeds January 12 2016 0 Comments Horse Breeds Arabian Horse Breeds December 23 2015 0 Comments Horse Breeds The Thoroughbred Horse Breeds December 11 2015 0 Comments Horse Breeds American Quarter Horse Recent Posts Horse Breeds Shire Horse THE VETERAN HORSE Care Through the Winter Horse Breeds Arabian Equitop Myoplast feeding the older horse Horse Breeds The Thoroughbred Like us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Tags American Quarter Horse Animal Health Arabian Atypical Myopathy Equest Horse Wormer Equimax Equine dangers Equine Health equine worm control equine worming equitop myoplast featured feeding the older horse Fireworks Health Horse Breeds Horse Care Horse Health Horses Horses Winter Horse Wormers horse worming Older Horse and

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  • THE VETERAN HORSE - Care Through the Winter
    tooth in place may be weakened and eventually the tooth may loosen It is only possible to diagnose and fully assess diastemata with the aid of a gag headtorch and dental mirror or endoscope Affected horses may have severe dental pain and therefore sedation is often necessary to perform a thorough examination Diastemata are initially treated by removal of the food material followed by flushing the gap out with an antiseptic solution Cases usually require flushing on a regular at least 5 monthly basis and in many horses this is sufficient to prevent the diastemata from worsening and minimises dental pain If this is insufficient some diastemata will be packed with impression material to prevent the ingress of food More severe cases may require the diastemata to be widened thus allowing food to escape and preventing a build up Dietary management can also be extremely useful feeding short length fibre as an alternative to hay and maintaining the horse on grass pasture for as long as possible can reduce the build up of food material Missing Teeth It is very common for older horses to lose teeth particularly as they advance into their late twenties and early thirties The tooth opposing the gap from the missing tooth will then have nothing to wear against so can overgrow rapidly This overgrowth prevents the jaw from moving in a normal circular motion leaving the horse unable to chew and fully utilise the food Again regular checks and rasping will diagnose this condition and keep it under control Vaccines Tetanus can gain entry through wounds As horses age their immune system can decline and their ability to fight infections decreases It is therefore important to maintain a vaccine programme for the older horse even if it is retired to pasture and does not go anywhere This is particularly true for tetanus Tetanus is caused by the bacterium Clostridium tetani which is found in soil and invades wounds and foot abscesses It produces a potent toxin which causes nervous signs including a stiff gait and muscle spasms As the condition progresses the muscles of the neck and jaw go into spasm giving the name lockjaw Eventually the horse will be unable to get up and will ultimately die from heart and respiratory failure as the rest of the muscles enter spasm Even if it is treated early tetanus is often fatal Vaccination provides very effective and inexpensive protection from tetanus This vaccine needs to be done every 2 3 years depending on the vaccine used by your vet It is also recommended that veteran horses continue to be vaccinated against equine influenza even if they are retired In contact horses may inadvertently bring the virus onto the yard following competition or training elsewhere with no apparent signs of disease Severe disease may then ensue in a geriatric unvaccinated horse with catastrophic consequences Again vaccination is very effective at reducing the severity of disease Equine Cushing s Disease PPID Equine Cushing s Disease or Pituitary

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  • Horse Breeds: Arabian
    horse had to be willing to co operate with humans in order to survive Animals which were stupid or lazy would quickly die of hunger perhaps in spite of the efforts of their masters The result was a breeding stock which was intelligent elegant and fast The Arabian was bred as a war horse Unlike the heavy cavalry which would later come to dominate medieval warfare in Europe these animals needed to be quick and quiet since desert warfare relied a great deal upon the element of stealth Mares were preferred over stallions as they were far quieter and therefore less likely to alert the enemy until it was too late Physical Attributes An Arabian horse is slightly smaller and slighter than most horse breeds It s between fourteen and fifteen hands high and at 950 pounds is slightly lighter than the average horse Despite this its life expectancy is roughly in line with other horses sitting at just between twenty five and thirty years Arabians have slightly shorter backs than other breeds with many having one less lumbar vertebrae in their spine and one fewer pair of ribs Arabians are built much like the racing thoroughbred they are agile and thin and able to accelerate and change direction very quickly which was once an essential characteristic for mobile Saracen horse archers They have slightly sloped faces with shallow dishes on either side of their noses Applications An Arabian horse is the quintessential hot blooded animal If they re handled improperly with too much roughness and discourtesy they ll respond in kind and become jumpy and easily startled For this reason the breed is best left to those experienced with the handling and riding of horses Novices suffice to say should look elsewhere They re capable of performing a number of roles They can riding over long distances they can work jump and serve as general leisure horses Despite their unforgiving difficulty curve once they ve been correctly trained an Arabian horse can make an extremely good companion and this long process often leads to the rider forming a strong emotional bond with the horse Health Issues Arabians are prone to a wide range of different illnesses and other health problems Let s take a closer look at a few of them Cerebellar abiotrophy Cerebellar abiotrophy or CA is a condition which causes the nerve cells in a horse s brain to die This prevents the sections of the brain which deal with spatial perception from functioning properly Depending on the severity this can cause a horse to lack balance They might stand awkwardly with their legs wide apart to avoid falling over They might walk with a strange wobbling gait These symptoms are shared by a number of different conditions and so in isolation might not indicate CA Affected horses can if the symptoms are mild live a normal life though they might be clumsier than usual If the disease is severe however the horse may have to be

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  • Equitop Myoplast: feeding the older horse
    What can be done to help a horse digest its food By feeding a horse high quality protein we can help it to properly maintain its muscle mass This allows it to move around more easily but it also helps it to maintain its cardiovascular systems and thereby reduce the chance of heart disease stroke and other serious conditions The term protein refers to a broad category of amino acids which are used by your horse s body to create and maintain tissue But not all protein is created equally Some varieties are more easily absorbed than others This is especially so in older horses The dietary enzymes which help to break proteins apart are less plentiful in the small intestines of older horses than younger ones This means that simply feeding your horse higher doses of difficult to digest protein can be counterproductive it can place a severe load on the kidneys and thereby increase the likelihood of a number of different diseases Protein is needed more at certain times of a horse s life than others When a horse is very young it will need to create a large amount of new tissue in a very short space of time as it grows into its adult body Moreover a pregnant mare will need to consume a lot of protein in order to help build the body of the foal Exercise must also be supported using protein When a horse exercises its musculature becomes covered in microscopic tears which must be repaired using amino acids If a horse is exercising and consuming the right amino acids through diet then they ll be able to maintain and grow their musculature If they aren t then they ll experience muscle loss This risk is especially so in older horses who are able to undertake less exercise and are less able to digest and process protein What are the risks of forage You might think that you ll be able to get more protein into your horse s diet by simply switching to a different sort of forage Unfortunately forage can introduce unwanted substances into your horse s diet which can end up doing more harm than good Feeds which are high in carbohydrates can have a negative impact on your horse s health Even if they re still active even at competition level they re unlikely to need to levels of sugar present in some feed As your horse ages you might consider gradually replacing their dietary carbohydrates with oils These can help to provide your horse with energy without the negative side effects of sugar Moreover many of the acids found in oils can help to stave off cell death and thereby preserve the function of your horse s body and brain You might spot dental problems early by keeping a lookout for giveaway behaviours If your horse should begin chewing then this might indicate that eating hurts likely because of poor dental health You can help to make hay

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