Stable Bound Horses

Has the rain and mud resulted in your horse being stable-bound? It is a very frustrating time for both horse and human alike. It may be true that bored horses are at a higher risk of developing stable vices, but most settle to restricted turnout if their field pals are also stabled, and they’ve got access to high quality forage and water. Horses enjoy being able to play! It is understood that play behavior is of great importance to your horses well-being and as a result we are now actively encouraged to enrich the stabled horses environment. Allowing your horse or pony the chance to have toys in their stable …

mud-fever

Tackling Mud Fever head on

Mud fever is not a single disease, but can be seen in different forms. It occurs especially in warm, wet weather and is associated with a number of causes. It is certainly not limited to horses that are paddling knee deep in mud! Mud fever can range from a mild skin irritation to very painful infected sores, and can in some cases cause significant swelling with severe lameness. The condition affects the lower limb, most commonly the back of the pastern. It starts off as matted hair with dry crusts, caused by the inflamed skin weeping. When the same condition occurs on the upper body it is referred to as …

environment

Your horse’s hooves and the environment

Following on from our previous blog posts No Hoof, No Horse and Hoof Health – make it a priority and reap the benefits, here we explore hoof health still further. Horse care experts Carr & Day & Martin give us some insights into the effects that the environment has on our horse’s hooves. But firstly… What makes up our horse’s hooves? Hoof horn is constructed of two types of keratin molecules – spring-like spiral structures and more rigid zig-zag structures. Each structure is formed with the assistance of hydrogen bonds within or between the keratin molecules and the two different structures are bound to each other by disulphide links. These …

Total-approach

Hoof Health – make it a priority and reap the benefits

Following on from our previous post ‘No Hoof, No Horse’, where our friends at Carr & Day & Martin gave us some insights into the complex structure that is the horse’s hoof and explored a total approach to hoof management, in this post we look in a little more detail as to how to keep our horse’s hooves in tip top shape. Nutrition for healthy hooves Improving hoof horn quality and growth Nutrition is essential for healthy hoof growth. Most horse owners are aware of the benefits of biotin, yet if fed alone it is much less effective than if supplemented with its essential pre-cursors zinc and methionine. In addition, …

Total-approach

No Hoof, No Horse

The old adage – no hoof, no horse – is well known by horse owners and carers around the world. From quarter cracks, to thrush, to abscesses to lost shoes… our horses really do their best to keep us and our farriers on our toes! We’ve teamed up with horse health experts – Carr & Day & Martin – to bring you some insights into keeping your horse’s hooves healthy and as trouble free as possible. In this blog post, we look at an overall approach to hoof management, as well as a look at the structures that go to make up the hoof itself. In our next post we will …

Spring coat care

As we wave a welcome goodbye to January, we hope that warmer, finer weather is just around the corner. If your horses weren’t clipped over the winter, you may find that they are already shedding their coats, which is a great sign that spring isn’t too far away! But how does the horse’s skin and coat work? And what can we do to keep it in excellent condition? Our friends at Carr & Day and Martin give us some insights… Understanding the skin and coat The skin is the horse’s largest and most visible organ and is on average around 1cm thick. The skin is made up of the epidermis …

Ultimate Winter Skin Protection

Winter 2015/16 could end up being one of the wettest on record. It certainly feels like it! Not only does all this rain, wet and mud make looking after our horses more difficult and a lot less pleasurable, but it also can affect our horse’s health. Exposure to wet, muddy conditions during turn out and riding can  lead to painful sores and scabs on your horse’s heels and legs. But Carr, Day & Martin – the horse care experts – have the solution – MF Pro. MF Pro is a uniquely formulated 3 step system designed to cleanse, relieve and protect vulnerable areas and can help to combat common winter skin conditions in …

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Hoof issues – prevention is the best policy

In this, the last post in our hoof care series, horse health experts Carr & Day & Martin talk to us about how best to care for our horse’s hooves when conditions are less than ideal… Managing hooves in intense conditions Our horses often spend unavoidably long periods inside in stables or in wet, muddy fields, both of which have a detrimental effect on the hoof capsule. Bedding materials such as shavings, paper and hemp prevent the free flow of air around the hoof capsule. They are also of an absorbent nature and so act to draw moisture out of the hoof. Additionally, some bedding will unavoidably become contaminated with urine. The …