Equine Health

Equine Emergencies: when should you call the vet?

As an owner, when your horse requires urgent veterinary attention, it can be a worrying time. There are a number of emergency situations that require immediate attention from a vet. These include, amongst others, colic, haemorrhaging (profuse bleeding), collapse, dystocia (difficulty foaling) and fractures.  We’ve put together some useful information and tips to help make the […]

New Equine Flu Vaccination rules from 1st January 2024

Did you know that Equine Influenza (flu) vaccination rules have changed for many of the equestrian disciplines from 1st January 2024?  This includes the disciplines that fall under British Equestrian (BEF) (British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping), The Pony Club, British Riding Clubs and other organisations.  Also, some venues will have their own rules, […]

Now is the time of year to plan management for horses with sweet itch

Sweet itch is a frustrating condition caused by hypersensitivity to salivary proteins produced by culicoides midges. Affected horses typically are worst affected around the mane and tail regions, with hair loss, scabbing and sores forming. Some horses can display more generalised itching. Most treatments available are only partially effective and good management of sweet itch-prone […]

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours We wish all our clients and their horses and ponies a very happy and healthy Christmas! Should you need to contact one of our vets over the festive period our services will be available 24 hours a day for all emergencies, as usual, by calling us on 01722 741188.  […]

Impaction Colic

As it gets colder, our vets see an increase in the number of cases of impaction colic. Impactions are often linked to increased time spent stabled, particularly where this represents a change in routine for the horse or pony.  The combination of a reduction in physical activity and reduced water content in their feed (hay […]

A Can of Worms…

Worm control in horses is becoming a real cause for concern in the UK, with increased resistance reported for most currently available anthelmintics (‘wormers’). For many years it was rare to see clinical disease associated with worm infestation, but over the past few years it has again become increasingly common. Together as vets and horse […]

Winter Management of your Horse

As winter approaches, the prospect of managing our horses during months of poor weather and the shorter days of winter make us all long for the warmer days of spring. The drop in temperature, muddy paddocks, the reduced availability of forage and the lack of daylight hours for riding all carry their challenges. The importance […]

Atypical Myopathy

Once ingested, HGA causes the muscles to breakdown, which leads to symptoms such as muscle tremors, high respiratory rate and dyspnoea (difficulty breathing), muscle weakness and stiffness, and recumbency. Myoglobinuria is another common sign that causes the urine to turn dark red or brown due to the products of the muscle breakdown being released into […]