Veterinary - General Terms

KNOW YOUR LOWER LEG INJURIES AND THEIR CAUSES

Names and causes of lower leg injuries in horses. An overreach injury is when the toe of the hind foot strikes the back of the forelimb in front of it, on the same side. This can be caused by deep…

YOUR HORSES' STABLE HABITS CAN TELL YOU ALOT ABOUT HIS BEHAVIOUR

All horse owners like to think they know their horses - and we probably do know them better than anyone else does. But are you in tune with all the aspects you should be familiar with? These quick tips will…

DEALING WITH LUMPS, BUMPS AND SWELLINGS ON YOUR HORSE

LUMPS, BUMPS AND SWELLINGS - What are they and what can be done!Every horse owner knows that they should run their hands over their horse every day, so that they can detect any changes ie any lumps that might have…

BOX RESTING YOUR HORSE - Tips to help with your horse's recovery

If your vet has told you that your horse needs box rest, the chances are that your heart has sunk! Keeping a horse confined to his stable for days, never mind weeks or months, is never a pleasant task. Yet…

Bute or Phenylbutazone

This is one of the common painkillers used for horses, especially if the horse is lame. It can be used for horses over long periods eg if a horse has chronic degenerative joint disease.NB Bute can be toxic to small…

Flexion Tests

Anyone who has been present at a five-stage vetting of a prospective new horse may well have seen flexion tests being performed. These will also be done during certain lameness examinations, for instance, if your horse is suspected to have…

Rectal Examination

This type of examination needs to be undertaken carefully as it's easy for either or both the vet and horse to potentially be injured.Your horse may need a rectal examination if he's colicky - the vet can feel part of…

Nerve Blocks

If your horse has been in to your vets for a lameness examination you've probably seen your vet administer nerve blocks. He will have injected a small amount of local anaesthetic directly around a nerve to remove sensation from a…
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