Regular, timely equine news & advice
Read on for a host of equine healthcare advice and news that’s free and updated monthly. In the articles below you’ll find seasonal and local tips, information on how to keep your animals healthy and performing well, as well as information about other aspects of equine keepership. If you’d like us to email you whenever we update our equine news and advice, then simply….
Don’t forget, if you have a specific query you can always contact one of our equine vets.
Autumn Watch – Sycamore Poisoning & Atypical Myopathy
Atypical myopathy, known as sycamore poisoning, is a frequently fatal disease of horses in the UK caused by eating sycamore seeds, and possibly the leaves. The disease is most common in the autumn, typically around October, and often occurs as an outbreak when large numbers of seeds fall onto the pasture following bad weather. These […]
Welcome to the equine team Kate
We’d like to introduce you to our new vet Kate, who joined our equine team this month Kate has recently qualified from Liverpool vet school after an 8 year career in engineering before taking the plunge to study veterinary science. Outside of work, Kate is kept busy looking after her two ex-race horses George and […]
How to tell if it’s too hot to ride your horse
Did you know that less than 20 minutes of gentle exercise increases a horse’s body temperature to dangerous levels? By exercising your horse when it’s cooler and less humid you can really help to keep things cool. Don’t forget that they will need more fresh water sources and shade from full sun. Clipping long hair […]
BozMerix – A new product aimed at supporting joint function
As all horse owners are aware, there are many different products and supplements on the market to support joint health and manage arthritis in our horses, ranging from pharmaceuticals such as phenylbutazone (bute) to herbal remedies such as turmeric. Choosing the right therapy for your horse and how best to manage their condition, is a conversation our equine […]
Spring immunisations for your horse
Springtime usually signals an increase in activity for many horses, whether that’s more time out in the paddock, more riding, competitions, transport, and generally mixing with more people and potentially other horses.
What is a healthy body score for your horse?
Garston’s equine vets want to emphasise the importance of knowing your horse’s body score so you can take the best care of their health and welfare.
Symptoms and prevention tips for winter colic
Colic has many different types, causes and outcomes, and is the leading cause of premature equine death. It’s not always preventable, however, you can protect your horse from certain situations that predispose them to colic, such as cold weather.
Understand the RCVS/BEVA’s five stage equine vetting process
Purchasing a new horse or pony can be a daunting decision and whatever the animal’s intended purpose, it’s advisable to have an expert opinion on hand to help. Our equine veterinary team at Garston Vets has helped many equine keepers over the years and are well versed on the RCVS/BEVA’s 5-stage equine vetting process.
Headshaking in horses; causes, diagnosis and treatment.
Whilst it’s a common condition in horses, because the clinical signs are not all that specific headshaking can be difficult to diagnose and treat. If you think your horse is beginning to show signs of headshaking please contact our equine vets.