Why can’t a horse vomit?

Vomiting is a complex physiological event that requires a closely coordinated sequence of reflexive motions. When you are going to throw up, you draw a deep breath, your vocal cords close, your larynx rises, and the soft palate shifts to close off your airways. Then your diaphragm contracts downward, which …

11 signs that your horse is happy and healthy

When it comes to the well-being of your horse, observation is your best tool. Your horse can’t tell you how they feel, but several indicators can help you determine if your horse is in prime condition. Spending time with your horse as well as knowing the general signs of well-being …

What is colic in horses?

Colic in horses refers to abdominal pain and is a common condition that can have a range of causes. It’s important to understand that “colic” is not a disease in itself, but rather a symptom of an underlying problem in the horse’s gastrointestinal tract. Colic in horses is a term …

How, why and when to deworm your horse

Deworming your horse is a critical component of equine health care. Horses are susceptible to various internal parasites like roundworms, tapeworms, bots, and strongyles. These parasites can infest the horse’s gastrointestinal tract and other organs, leading to health issues. Parasites interfere with nutrient absorption, leading to malnutrition and weight loss. …

What is a gaited horse?

Gaited horses are a specific category of horse breeds that possess unique, smooth, and natural gaits in addition to the traditional horse gaits of walking, trotting, and cantering/galloping. These additional gaits are often referred to as “ambling” gaits and are characterised by their smooth, evenly spaced footfalls. The presence of …

How to saddle a horse (a step-by-step guide)

Saddling a horse might seem like a straightforward task, but its implications run deep. Safety for the rider is paramount and an incorrectly saddled horse is a hazard. If the saddle slides, tips, or even falls off during a ride, the consequences can be severe, ranging from minor injuries to …

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 …

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 …

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 …