Horse Care

What is a foundered horse?

The terms “founder” and “laminitis” are often used interchangeably, but they refer to different stages and severities of a similar hoof-related condition in horses. Both involve inflammation and damage to the sensitive laminae that connect the hoof wall to the coffin bone within the hoof capsule. The key difference between …

Horse Care

What is Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS)?

Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) is a condition in horses characterised by a group of metabolic abnormalities that increase the risk of developing laminitis. It’s similar in some ways to metabolic syndrome in humans, which is a risk factor for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. EMS is particularly prevalent in pony breeds …

Horse Care

What is Cushing’s Disease (PPID) in horses?

Cushing’s Disease, widely recognised within the equine community, is a common hormonal disorder that predominantly afflicts older horses and ponies. While the name ‘Cushing’s Disease’ is borrowed from a similar condition in humans and dogs, the equine variant is distinct in its pathology, targeting a different facet of the pituitary …

Horse Riding

How to overcome fear of horseback riding

The journey to becoming a confident rider is often riddled with fear and anxiety, especially for beginners. The enormity of the animal you’re faced with in your first lesson, paired with the unpredictability of the experience, can be as daunting as it is exciting. I wanted to go over some …