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ArticleHow To - Health04-11-2013
Watch our video for tips from TV vet Matt Brash who shows Autumnwatch presenter Chris Packham how to give his dogs Itchy and Scratchy the once over. Dogs can pick up all sorts of bugs, ailments and even injuries and as pet owners it's not always easy to tell what's wrong with them -- after all they can't tell us what's happening to their bodies. And while responsible pe...

ArticleHow To - Health26-09-2012
Autumn time is here again, so don’t get distracted by the beautiful landscapes because you need to protect your horse against tapeworms. Tapeworm is a parasite that horses can pick up when grazing or from contact with affected hay, either eating it or from the horses bedding. Once tapeworms get into the horses body and develop, they can cluster at the crossover openings of the sma...

ArticleHow To - Health11-09-2012
  During the harsh winter months accessibility to good quality grazing is reduced, as after the last flush in the autumn the rate of grass growth starts to decline and eventually ceases as the days get colder. This places extra nutritional demands on the horse’s body so supporting them with a supplement really helps to ensure that essential daily nutritional requirements are met....

ArticleHow To - Health27-06-2012
Ever wondered how to manage back pain in horses? Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist Kirsty Haines explains. Some horses like people have back pain issues that are ongoing or prone to occur when in hard work. Working with your vet and Chartered Physiotherapist to get to the root cause goes without saying and hopefully you can begin a programme of muscle strengthening exercises to teach yo...

ArticleHow To - Health27-06-2012
Ever wondered how to prevent Delayed On-Set Muscle Soreness (DOMS) in horses? Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist Kirsty Haines explains. Being a bit gym phobic it's rare I experience this phenomenon (DOMS)  myself these days, but I’ll bet there’s not many of us that haven’t woken up the morning after the day before and been a little stiff and sore.  It te...

ArticleHow To - Health29-05-2012
Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist Kirsty Haines explains how to protect horses' back and core muscles and prevent back pain. When the bow and string goes ping!!! Many different analogies have been used to describe the horses back and core muscles. My favourite has to be the bow and string theory, which likens the horse’s musculoskeletal system to a violin bow. Basically the horses s...

ArticleHow To - Health29-05-2012
Ever wondered how to spot forelimb lameness in horses? Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist Kirsty Haines explains. I know you’re all thinking I’ve gone mad.  It’s obvious when a horse is lame right?  It nods its head.  Well you’d be right it does.  Remember the saying “down on the sound”.  But a horse that nods obviously when it...

ArticleHow To - Health16-05-2012
Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist Kirsty Haines specialises in horse health and equine clients make up about 75% of her caseload. She has been riding for more than 20 years and owns an Arab and a Shetland pony. She gives us an overview of some of the exercises you can give your horse while on box rest. Box rest is it the end or just the beginning to better horse health? Box rest are two word...

ArticleHow To - Health22-12-2011
It is worth first asking why attention to worming is so important. A horse or pony heavily infested with worms will lack condition and find it hard to keep on weight. Even an apparently healthy horse, however, can have a worm burden bad enough to cause colic and other health problems. Not so long ago owners used one of a limited number of wormers regularly for a year and then changed t...

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