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  • Horse Breeds: The Thoroughbred
    the artificial selection techniques used to turn these stallions into racehorses were long established in Europe the breed itself owes as much to the efforts of Turkish and Arab breeders Physical Attributes Thoroughbreds are known for their long muscular frame which enables them to run for long distances without tiring They have long legs deep chests and short backs proportions which suit horseracing perfectly A thoroughbred is on average around sixteen hands high though this may vary slightly depending on the horse On average they weigh around 1000lbs This makes them taller and lighter than most breeds of horses Despite this it has a life expectancy of between 25 and 30 years placing it on a rough par with other breeds of horse Applications As we ve touched upon a Thoroughbred is primarily intended as a racehorse It is hot blooded meaning that it is faster and more agile than other breeds However this quality also means that the breed is more hot tempered and prone to becoming irritated or angry For this reason it s less suited to being ridden by novices children and the elderly it s strictly for those who take riding and racing very seriously indeed Health problems The world of high end horseracing is fraught with peril This comes in the form not only of impact injuries and the general stress of racing but the inherent vulnerabilities of breeding Let s take a brief tour of the health risks posed to racehorses EIPH EIPH or exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage is a condition in which the horse s lungs will literally bleed as a result of stress Unfortunately this often passes unnoticed unless the animal s airways are examined with an endoscope shortly after the exercise is concluded However in some extreme cases blood will be visible around the animal s mouth and nostrils EIPH occurs after the capillaries inside the animal s lungs deteriorate as a result of the stress of exercise This allows blood to enter the airwaves and eventually exit through the nostrils EIPH is considered almost an inevitability in race horses and not just thoroughbreds but Quarter horses too This effect occurs mainly after the horse is raced at a high speed and so refraining from pushing the horse too hard too often will likely reduce the likelihood of its occurrence Orthopaedic Problems Another problem which is more specific to the thoroughbred concerns the health of its bones Thoroughbreds are far more prone to suffering from broken bones than their cousins with around a tenth of all animals in the breed being affected by orthopaedic problems For every thousand horses that start a race a handful will suffer career ending broken bones which in many cases will lead to euthanasia Many experts point to the excessive muscle mass which thoroughbreds tend towards as a possible causal factor in broken bones If a horses musculature is more massive than its skeleton can possibly support then it is almost inevitable that it will be

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  • Horses and Fireworks
    can have serious and even tragic consequences Horses have jumped through stable doors they ve even bolted over fences and into roads Suffice to say this is serious stuff as horses are flight or fight creatures which explains why their behaviour around Fireworks can be so dangerous What can be done You ll be pleased to learn that there are several ways in which one can limit the impact of fireworks on a horse Let s run through a few of them Get in touch with the fireworks event s organisers When solving any problem the best place to start is by investigating what s causing it In the case of fireworks the cause is the people letting them off Find out which organisations are going to be letting off fireworks and when If possible get them to move them as far from your horses as possible If you know exactly when the fireworks are due to go off you ll be in a much better position to limit any negative impact it might have on your horses Of course it s not always possible to get in touch with everyone who might be letting off fireworks near to you particularly if your horse is based near a densely packed residential area While larger commercial displays may be easy to identify small private parties that set off fireworks will do so without warning If you don t receive much co operation from those organising an event near to you then it s worth checking that they ve applied for the appropriate licence If they haven t then you can report them and the display will likely be prevented entirely There s a licencing system in place for a reason after all unlicensed fireworks displays are dangerous for a variety of reasons many of which have nothing to do with horses Help the horse directly There are also more direct means of helping your horse cope with the stresses of firework season This largely means shielding them against the sights sounds and smell that they produce by stabling them A horse which is safely confined to a safe familiar place will be far less inclined to panic If you re around as the fireworks are going off then you can offer them reassurance too Close the door and you ll limit the effect of those loud bangs and keep a light on and you ll do the same for those bright flashes As we ve touched upon you might consider desensitising them to the sounds smells and sights of the firework beforehand While the sights and smells of a firework are extremely difficult to replicate the sound is not just get yourself a device that can replicate the sound of fireworks and play it every night in the build up at increasing volumes You might find that you need a larger speaker system to truly prepare your horse for the bass frequencies of those louder bangs but even a small portable

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  • Horse Breeds - American Quarter Horse
    to the English thoroughbred horse from which it is descended it s taller and its musculature is less prominent You can get an American Quarter Horse in a wide range of different colours of which the most common is chestnut The breed has a wide head and a wide throat This allows it to take in a much greater volume of oxygen in a short space of time which is part of the reason that they re able to exert themselves so much harder over small distances It also has powerful hindquarters allowing for extreme bursts of acceleration On average the breed slightly taller and heavier than most at around fifteen hands high and weighs around 1 075lbs This will vary a little depending on the horse Despite this the breed enjoys a life expectancy roughly on a par with those of other breeds at between 25 and 30 years Applications The Quarter horse is a warm blooded horse which balances the temperament of its cold blooded cousins with the speed of it s hot blooded ones For this reason they re highly suitable for riding and for Olympic events like Dressage But equally this temperament makes them especially well suited to being pets they re unlikely to become nervous or startled and their behaviour is therefore highly predictable It s for this reason that the breed is so popular with families They ll be accepting of small children the elderly and everyone in between and with a few exceptions inevitable when you consider just how many animals we re talking about they re likely to tolerate mistakes and mishandlings For those looking to develop their horse riding skills the American Quarter Horse therefore represents a great place to start Health problems Like many breeds the American Quarter Horse has a slightly increased propensity toward certain sorts of diseases Let s take a look at some of them Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis HYPP This is a condition which causes a horse s muscles to twitch uncontrollably and to eventually become paralysed It is thought to be linked to the animal s more pronounced musculature As breeders in the American west during the 18 th century selected for animals with more muscle mass they also inadvertently selected for those which suffer from HYPP It is transmitted genetically through a dominant gene This means that just one parent needs to carry the gene for it to be transmitted to the offspring For this reason many organisations which register and monitor horses require that horses be screened against these genetic factors in order that the condition be reduced within the breed Glycogen Branching Enzyme Deficiency GBED This is another genetic condition but it s one with entirely different consequences It manifests in a horse which is unable to properly store glycogen because it is missing the enzyme necessary to do so Glycogen is the form in which energy is stored in the body A horse will eat a source of starch which is the

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  • 12 Tips for Keeping Your Horse Happy this Winter
    slips and falls which could lead to injury 3 Exercising Riding can seem a little off putting in the cold wet and often windy weather we experience in this country but it is important to maintain some exercise to keep your horse fit and strong for the rest of the year When exercising your horse in cooler temperatures concentrate on getting their muscles warm and supple before trying any more difficult work Try riding with an exercise blanket when warming up and cooling down to prevent muscle damage And finally make sure your horse is cool and dry before putting them back in the field or re rugging in the stable 4 Grooming Just because the summer has gone and you re not going to shows anymore doesn t mean you should adjust your grooming schedule too much Grooming is essential in winter as it aids you to spot any cuts wounds or scabs which may otherwise be hidden by a thick winter coat or rugs 5 Muddy Puddles Although muddy gateways are a familiar site in winter try putting down wood chippings or mulch around the gate area to soak up the moisture and top it up regularly This is especially useful in avoiding soggy wellies for those who are blessed with a horse who despite being covered from head to toe in mud insists that you not them walk through the deepest and wettest muddy area when coming in from the field 6 Prevention is Key Mud fever is a dreaded winter time condition and prolonged periods of standing around in soggy damp conditions mean that this bacterial infection can take hold quickly Prevention is the key with Mud Fever so invest in a good barrier cream and liberally apply it to dry legs before turning out Find out more on this topic here 7 Overheating When the weather is bitterly cold it s easy to think you re protecting your horse by layering him up with blankets The trouble is if he already has a natural winter coat and you are keeping him stabled in the winter he will already have plenty of protection against the cold Adding extra blankets could cause overheating itching and in extreme cases dehydration 8 Ventilation Keeping the stable closed off with little ventilation may keep your horse warm but it does pose a few potential problems One particular problem is the fact it can increase your horses exposure to allergens and dust Making sure your stable is well ventilated will ensure they have a constant supply of fresh air Use good quality hay and straw and try to turn your horse out for a short time to allow them to get fresh air and avoid stable coughs and colic 9 Feeding and Supplements Adjusting your horses feed and supplement supply in winter is essential There is a no one rule as some horses may benefit from a natural loss in body condition to compensate for summer gains whereas other finer horses

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  • Mud Fever... dispelling the myths!
    flaky skin beneath rather than ulcerated skin and pus as in mud fever Chorioptic feather mites These typically affect horses with long feathers and are usually itchy rather than painful Affected horses commonly stamp their feet The skin under the feathers may be grossly thickened in long standing cases Equine Cushing s Disease This causes suppression of the immune system and predisposes to infection Therefore in cases of mud fever which do not improve as expected with treatment your vet may advise blood testing for Cushing s Photosensitization If the lesions affect only white legs then your vet may advise a blood sample to test for liver disease because this may cause photosensitization Treatment of Mud Fever Move the horse to a clean dry area and prevent prolonged contact with moisture Treatment will fail if the horse remains in a muddy field Box rest in a well drained stable Turn out in a menage or dry field is appropriate Clip the hair This may require sedation by your vet and is important to allow circulation of air enable thorough drying of the skin after treatment with medicated washes accurately assess the extent of the infection Wash the leg in warm water to remove mud and loose debris Remove the scabs from the leg The causal organism survives in the scabs and in the pus underneath so scab removal is crucial to successful treatment It is best to soak the scabs in warm water and a medicated wash such as pevidine or chlorhexidine Hibiscrub Warm water helps to open the pores in the skin and allow greater penetration of the antiseptic wash It is important to avoid excessive scrubbing during scab removal e g with a brush or fingernails otherwise further trauma and inflammation will develop Dry the area thoroughly by patting with clean towels dirty towels may reinfect the leg or hairdryer Remove the scabs from the environment Remove all hair clippings and scabs from the stable and disinfect the stable with a disinfectant such as Vircon to reduce the chance of reinfection This regime may need to be repeated daily for several days to gradually remove all of the scabs Apply topical creams if appropriate Many different creams lotions and potions have been used to treat mud fever in the past They include emollients to maintain hydration of the skin barrier creams to prevent moisture penetration of the outer skin layers and anti inflammatory and antibiotic creams Your vet will advise you on the appropriate cream to use in your horse s case Your vet may prescribe an antibiotic cream such as Flamazine In recent years a Lime Sulphur wash Lime Plus Dip has been shown to be very effective at treating mud fever Following removal of debris with a medicated wash or shampoo the lime sulphur is sprayed or painted on to the skin It is very good at drying out the skin and has the added advantage of being an excellent treatment for Chorioptic feather mites and

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  • Poisonous Plants and our Equine Friends - Wormers.co.uk for Horse Wormers and Equine Products - Blog
    eaten steadily for weeks before its adverse effects on the horse s neuromuscular system can manifest Buttercups The toxin contained in a Buttercup is a severe irritant it can cause ulcers to develop around the horse s mouth excessive salivation and swelling In some cases this swelling can be so severe that the horse s digestive system becomes blocked which leads to colic Areas where horses graze should therefore be kept clear of buttercups Charlock This plant also known as wild mustard is known for its distinctive yellow leaves from a distance it is often mistaken for the buttercup This plant causes chemicals which can aggravate a horse s digestive tract The results can be diarrhoea and frothing at the mouth Its most serious symptom however is that it prevents the horse from breathing properly In some severe cases this can cause death by asphyxiation Cowbane As one might expect from a plant with the name cowbane this plant is highly toxic and if ingested can kill any horse or indeed cow within a couple of hours The plant contains a poison called cicutoxin which will attack the animals central nervous system causing seizures paralysis and death If the horse should survive the early stages of the disease then its chances of survival are much better Needless to say this plant should be removed where encountered and disposed of as it is potentially lethal to any animal including humans Oak Anecdotal evidence suggests that some horses can compulsively eat acorns sometimes this behaviour can even border on addiction This claim has yet to be properly explored That said the toxic effects of oak are undeniable and the plant can still find its way into the horse s diet whether though grazing or hay ingestion The acorn contains acids which in sufficient quantities can severely affect the animal s gastrointestinal tract The result can be constipation anorexia and colic Acorn poisoning can dehydrate the horse and cause damage to the kidneys The dangers are most severe during the times of year when the acorn is on the ground In autumn when the oak tree is shedding its seed and during the spring when the first shoots are developing To minimise the damage oak might cause paddocks should be fenced off from any oak trees in order to minimise the contact between the horse and the tree Ragwort This particular poisonous plant has a saving grace it tastes very bitter when green and so most horses are dissuaded from eating it in a quantity serious enough to harm them That said the plant can still be eaten in its dried form when mixed with hay and it can thereby wreak havoc on a horse s internal organs over the long term in particular the liver The result can be a slow decline in the horse s condition culminating in jaundice and paralysis Unfortunately in these cases it is very difficult to spot the cause of this deterioration Horse owners should therefore be

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  • American Quarter Horse Archives - Wormers.co.uk for Horse Wormers and Equine Products - Blog
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  • Animal Health Archives - Wormers.co.uk for Horse Wormers and Equine Products - Blog
    online cornet wheedle history essays online downplay shame buy essay online refugee aboriginal Tag Archives Animal Health Equine Health January 19 2016 0 Comments THE VETERAN HORSE Care Through the Winter Equine Health March 20 2015 0 Comments Information on Atypical Myopathy or Seasonal Pasture Myopathy Equine Health March 15 2013 0 Comments Horse Worming and Managing Pasture Equine Health Horse Wormers March 8 2013 0 Comments Effective equine worm control is more than just worming Equine Health Horse Wormers March 1 2013 0 Comments Worming your new horse and being a responsible owner Equine Health Horse Wormers February 19 2013 0 Comments New worming message from Merial Don t aim to kill all worms 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 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

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