Strangles in horses – everything you need to know

Equine distemper, or strangles as its more commonly known, is probably the most common respiratory condition in horses and while it’s generally not considered fatal it can still be serious. It’s also extremely contagious and can result in a horse (or horses) being quarantined for weeks. The good news though is that, as with a lot of bacterial infections, it …

Best Horse Breeds For Racing

When asked about horse racing breeds most people will, without hesitation, say the Thoroughbred and while there can be no doubt that it certainly is the most famous racing breed it’s by no means the only one. Even the word racing can be quite a broad term that covers a range of different ‘types’ of racing, from harness racing to …

How To Treat Ulcers In Horses Naturally

While Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) is more common in performance horses, around 35% (1 in every 3) of non-performance horses will suffer from an ulcer at some point in their life, with that increasing to 1 in 2 for foals. The good news though is that it’s not difficult to reduce your horse’s chances of getting an ulcer. On …

Horse Show Hacks You Don’t Want To Miss Out On

With the show season fast approaching we all know that planning is key but that doesn’t mean to say it’s going to be stress-free. After all, from days before to the moment you enter the ring, it can be pretty hectic. While there’s nothing anybody can do to take the nerves away (in fact they can be a good thing) …

Leasing A Horse, Is It Better Than Owning?

Not everybody wants to have their own horse, nor is everybody able to do so, but if you still want to enjoy the benefits of horse ownership don’t worry, leasing may just be the perfect solution for you. What does it mean to lease a horse? The Collins English Dictionary definition of a lease states that its a contract by …

Why Do Horses Roll?

We’ve all been there many times, you’ve just turned your horse out after spending ages brushing all of the mud and dirt out of his coat only for him to race over to the nearest muddy patch and roll straight in it. While this can be frustrating for us it’s often the best thing in the world to your horse. …

Best Horse Breeds For Barrel Racing

If you ask most people what the best breed for barrel racing is chances are they’d say the Quarter Horse without too much hesitation and in terms of popularity that certainly is the case but that doesn’t mean its always the best. Of course, if you’re competing as a professional then yes the horses are almost exclusively Quarter Horses but …

Horse Euthanasia, Having A Horse Put Down

It’s a sad fact that most horse owners will, at some point, have to make the heartbreaking decision to have their horse euthanized and even though you know in your heart it was the right thing to do its only natural that you’ll question whether you did the right thing or not. While nothing anybody can say will take the …