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Flies and Fly Control

There are several types of fly that are of importance to horse owners.




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A Foal with a Skin Condition – Greg Miles

This is a foal we are hand raising. We notice the foal’s skin condition started to worsen over time. The Skin became scaly and hard on its back, very similar to Rain Scold. It started losing a lot of hair over the whole body. 

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Equine Digestion

Horses are simple stomached (monogastric) herbivores whose digestive system requires them to be trickle feeders I.e. to eat small amounts in an almost continual manner.
The digestive tract is essentially a long tube of varying diameter which begins with the mouth and ends at the anus. It is more than32 metres long and in order to accommodate this in the body ,the intestines loop backwards and forwards on themselves several times.

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African Horse Sickness: When is it Safe to Vaccinate?

In order to compete at registered events, competition horses need to have their annual vaccinations, which need to be administered and documented on your horse’s passport by a veterinarian. In South Africa, these vaccinations include the African Horse Sickness (AHS) vaccination, and the Equine Influenza vaccine. Some of us may still be uncertain as to when it is safe to vaccinate, what vaccinations should be used for AHS, as well as what precautions can be taken during the anticipated AHS outbreak season.

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Energy to Perform: Feeding the Endurance Athlete

In addition to taking your horse’s weight and training into consideration when forming a dietary plan, you should also take athletic discipline into account. Endurance horses have somewhat unique nutritional needs due to the athletic demands of the sport which is why there are specific energy management techniques that can be taken to ensure optimal performance.

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Dealing with Suspected Liver Damage in Horses

A horse’s liver is similar to our own in function, it is a vital organ that processes the blood, by filtering out the toxins, before it is recycled back into the body. The liver is therefore the main filter of all things toxic which the body contracts through bacteria or other toxins. The liver also produces bile which aids digestion, and because horses do not have a gall bladder, their liver needs to perform at optimal levels to continue the production of bile.

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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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