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How Understanding the Digestive Process Can Help Minimise Digestive Disturbances Due to Diet and Feeding Practices – Proceedings of the BEVA Specialist Days on Behaviour and Nutrition. Ed. P.A.Harris et al. Pub. Equine Veterinary Journal Ltd.

Since its first domestication, believed to be around 5000 BC, the role of the horse in society has varied according to man’s requirements. Initially, the horse was kept principally for its flesh but soon became used for transport. The first example of a man on horseback is believed to be the bone engraving of the Susa horseman dating from 2800 BC. Selective breeding meant that by the 10th century BC horses had become essential to the skilled horseman turned warrior. Horse racing developed in parallel with horse riding.

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The Natural Horse and Unnatural Behaviour – from the Proceedings of the BEVA Specialist Days on Behaviour and Nutrition. Ed. P.A.Harris et al. Pub. Equine Veterinary Journal Ltd.

Ethology is the study of the function and evolution of an animal’s behaviour in its natural environment. Why should ethology be an important consideration for veterinarians? Being familiar with the norm allows the veterinarian to know when they have been presented with the abnormal – this is the case whether we are considering physiological or behavioural parameters.

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Gut Feelings – By Karen Briggs

A dressage horse in motion embodies elegance, power, and grace. At least that’s what we strive for. But it can be difficult for a horse to be spectacular
on the outside if he feels lousy on the inside—and that’s the harsh reality for many performance
horses, according to research findings.

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A Comparison Between Omeprazole and a Dietary Supplement for the Management of Squamous Gastric Ulceration in Horses – The Journal of Veterinary Science

Although several studies have assessed the short-term effect of dietary supplements on the treatment and prevention of gastric ulceration in horses, few have assessed the response over a duration of more than 30 days. A blinded randomized noninferiority clinical trial was conducted using 42 Thoroughbred horses in race training with squamous ulceration of 2 grade 2/4, randomly assigned to one of two treatment groups for a period of 90 days:

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Ectoparasites Articles

While malaria is the most important mosquito-borne disease in South Africa, there are also several mosquito-borne
viruses that also cause human disease.

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Have you missed the safe vaccination period? Find out when it is safe to administer the AHS vaccine and what precautions you can take during an outbreak.

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Citronella is the common name for a perennial grass, Cymbopogon nardus, noted for its blue-green tinge and lemon-scented leaves. It can grow up to 1.5 metres and is cultivated in Sri Lanka, India, Burma and Indonesia. It is related to the lemon grass used in Southeast Asian cooking.

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Field and in vitro insecticidal efficacy ofalphacypermethrin-treated high density polyethylene meshagainst Culicoides biting midges in South Africa.

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Efficacy of alphacypermethrin-treated high density polyethylene mesh applied to jet stalls housing horses against Culicoides biting midges in South Africa

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Affected horses present with acute-onset intense ocular pain or blepharospasm, lacrimation, severe chemosis and periorbital oedema.

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Skeletal and skin treatment Articles

When we consider the lifestyle and utilisation of horses by man for either recreation or to participate in competitive sports, it is important to recognise those elements of the body which may need extra attention. Read article
Greasy Heel/Mud fever is a common condition that affects horses living or working in wet, muddy conditions. The skin over the pasterns and heels becomes infected, resulting in scabby or weeping lesions which can be very painful. Read article
It is well known that both selenium (Se) and vitamin E are essential nutrients that should be in all horses’s food.  Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that is important to a large number of metabolic processes within the body Read article

Nutritional, Performance enhancer and Diuretic Articles

Discover how you can ensure that your performance horse is given the energy required to compete and undergo strenuous exercise, safely and efficiently. Read article
Physiological testing is extensively used to assess current physical status, target strength/deficiencies, and to determine predisposition to injury in athletes,” according to Dr. M.C. Meyers of the Department of Sports and Exercise Science at West Texas A&M University. Read article
In racing and upper level sport horses, blood cell counts and analysis of biochemical parameters, such as muscle and liver enzymes, electrolytes and blood protein fractions, are often taken at regular intervals to monitor horse’s health Read article
Blood tests are an important part of the process by which veterinarians can assess the health and well being of their equine patients. Read article
When your normally well-behaved horse starts acting strangely, what do you do? Do you immediately think he’s developing an attitude or do you look for other causes? Read article
Recent focus on equine digestive health aims to get horses as healthy on the inside as they look on the outside. It can be difficult for a horse to be spectacular on the outside if he feels lousy on the inside Read article
We want to discuss important nutrition fundamentals of how does the horse digest feed and therefore make use of the nutrients contained within the feed stuffs it consumes? Read article
No matter how healthy your horse looks on the outside, if it is in training and regularly competing, research suggests that it is likely to be suffering from ulcers. Read article

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