To the observant stockman, a sick foal stands out like an Aberdeen Angus bull in a field of Charolais heifers.
In this article, we follow on from the emergency conditions considered in Part One (Cuts and other wounds) to deal with colic, tying up, blocked gullet (sometimes called ‘choke’) and the horse caught in an electric fence.
Horses like to roll in soft earth or sand, especially after exercise and when hot and sweaty.
Here is an idea for a simple inexpensive horse pen. The openness of the pen and all round vision helps keep the most highly strung horses calm - as they can see their mates a few paddocks away, and everything else that is going on.
If horses are to be covered, only light covers should be used, and the horses should have access to cool shady areas for relief from the heat.
All horse owners will have to deal an injured horse sooner or later, and those of you who have experience of this will know that it can be quite a drama.
Gestation in the mare tends to be around 342 - 345 days after last service by the stallion, but can vary from 315 - 370 days. Mares do tend to follow a pattern so if your mare foaled a fortnight late last year, there is a strong possibility she will do the same this year.
Foaling outsisde (under lights) - the better option in a mild climate or foaling in a stable - the better option if there are complications.
To prevent problems, it is wise to have the cheek teeth of ponies and horses rasped regularly, perhaps once a year or so, by a veterinarian or a horse dentist.
Accidents and emergencies happen to many horses sooner or later, no matter how good your paddock and stable management is. So if you have horses it’s always wise to be prepared.
A comprehensive list of good and bad signs to check for with your horse.
Some ponies, and some horses too seem to live on the smell of an oily rag! How can they eat so little and stay so fat, and why are they so prone to developing laminitis?
Yes, it’s a mouthful, but “neurological” just means “relating to the central nervous system”, and the central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord. So neurological signs in animals are the clues the animals give us that there is something wrong with their brain and/or spinal cord.
Many horse owners don't seem to realise how hot it gets below a winter double rug along with a neck rug and head cover.
When driving or moving horses give them somewhere to go. Position yourself behind the driving line. If you move left the horse will move right. More movement from you (either quicker, closer or sharper) will produce more movement from the horse. Keep your adrenaline down.
We all know of fat cresty-necked ponies and horses that are prone to laminitis (tender feet or founder).