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Hints and Hacks

We’ve had a wet spring, and now we are heading into a wet summer. So equine dermatitis (commonly known as rain scald, rain rot, mud fever, greasy heel) is raising it’s ugly head - and it can be very ugly. Equine dermatitis can be very painful, and it can lead to more serious conditions. The bacteria that causes rain scald is normally dormant on your horse’s skin. It’s called Dermatophilus congolensis for those who need the technical term. Warm wet weather, and biting insects allow this bacteria to penetrate the skin and cause infection. Normally, a bit of rain won’t be a problem. It’s

Swimming with your horse can be an amazing summer activity. It's great to have a bit of guidance - especially when trying this for the first time. Here are a few tips from horse trainer extraodinaire Lauren Woodbridge, of Black Pearl Horses. Be prepared to get wet. Don't get in the water with your horse expecting to stay on and only get your toes wet. For first time horses leading them in from the ground or from a brave horse will help their confidence a lot. Sometimes they don't like the transition from dry to wet so bringing a bucket along and doing a

It's BACK! Flatweed, which is responsible for causing Pasture-Associated Stringhalt (PAS), is growing like crazy! Flatweed can sprout in 3-4 days after rainfall to provide a succulent ‘green pick’. This green pick is very tempting for horses and ponies when green grass is scarce - so right now, that's those locked up in the "Jenny Craig paddock". PAS is caused by a poisonous nerve damaging chemical compound produced in the leaves of the flatweed. The chemical in the plant affects the peripheral nervous system, especially the long sciatic nerves of the horse’s hind limbs by stripping the protective myelin sheath along the nerves. Signs

This Spring is a particularly tricky one for horse owners. Hands up if you're struggling to keep your horse's weight down this Spring? The drought, followed by good rains means our paddocks are full of incredibly sugary grass and WEEDS! Which in turn, means our horses are full of sugar and possibly toxins - leading to lots of potential health problems. Here are some ways you can help your horses stay healthy this Spring. Take them off the grass! I know it seems so wasteful when we finally have grass again after so long – but spring grass can be your fat pony’s worst