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Why feed Vitamin E and Selenium?

They are important antioxidants

We all know that antioxidants are a good thing, but does everyone know why? The oxidation process converts food (fats, carbohydrate and protein) into energy, carbon dioxide and water.  While necessary for cells to survive, this oxidation also produces free radicals a...


Annie Joppe Update

Since my last blog I have discovered that Fantom and I were 3rd in the National Championships at Horseshoe; what a little superstar he is! Fant training 15Watergate Endurance has been going through a somewhat quiet patch over the last few weeks, giving time to reflect and regroup with plans being made for the later...


An update from India Thomson

First things first I need to apologise for taking quite so long to write this after my last blog.  I spent three and half weeks on the sidelines whilst my hand recovered which was quite a frustrating time!  Breaking my hand couldn't have come at a more annoying time really as all the horses were on ...


Joint health management

8The way we manage our horses can have a great effect on the health and function of their joints through-out their lifetime.  Due to a poor design, horses have relatively small joints in comparison to their body size, so a lot of pressure is put upon these joints. However, we see more issues in the d...


Is your horse at risk of sand colic?

Pete 2This is Kinnagoe Bay, known to his friends as Pete.  He is an exceedingly charismatic, 16.2hh, bay Thoroughbred gelding by Centro (NZ) out of No Less (NZ).  This 21-year-old, veteran 4* eventer was acquired by Dr. Harley Kemp just over five months ago. Harley explains a little about Pete’s history: ...


Horse Of The Week - Ted.

Ted 2Our Horse Of The Week is now Ted, who is a 15.1hh, Welsh Section D Cob.  His full name is HRH Edward I. June Hayden is Ted’s owner, and has been for 8 years since he was a two-and-a-half-year-old. June explains: “I backed, broke and schooled him myself, he is amazing.  I initially trained him for le...


Tying-up, monday morning disease, exertional rhabdomyolysis, setfast and azorturia.

India DressageWritten by Olivia Colton MSc Tying-up, Monday morning disease, exertional rhabdomyolysis, setfast and azorturia are alternative names for the same condition.  We still do not know all the answers about this muscular disorder, though modern research is helping us see how and why horses tie-up a littl...


Horse Of The Week - Trio.

Trilogy KJ (stable name: Trio), is a 5 year old gelding owned by Lauren-May Cardines.  He is Trio 2a bay Lusitano cross, standing at 15.1hh.  Lauren explained: “From previously working with horses, loaning and sharing, Trio is the first horse whom I have backed myself.  I would like to affiliate him in Dr...


Has your horse lost its Va Va Voom?

Va Va Voom   If your horse has been lacking in energy then start with some basic checks...

  Fuel Fuel – Are you giving the right fuel for your horse’s energy requirements?

  • Feed quality (in date and good specification)
  • Correct quantity – too little or too much can = less energy
  • Vitamin & Mineral intake – p...

Horse Of The Week - Jay.

Jay is a 16.3hh ex-huntmaster’s horse and is owned by Laura Ness.  At 18-years-old, Jay is aJay 4 schoolmaster and has been there and done it.  Laura told us: “I have known Jay for nearly 7 years now, and was fortunate enough to buy him for myself in September of 2014.  Coming in to the winter, it was th...


Horse Of The Week - Bathcounty.

Bathcounty is a Chestnut Thoroughbred, by Tobougg (IRE) and out of Seasons Estates (GB).  B.C HeadHe is 16.1hh, 8-years-old and is owned by Dr. Ian Cragg. Affectionately known on the yard as ‘BC’, Bathcounty was nominated for Horse Of The Week by Geraldine Astbury. Geraldine explains: “I have known BC for 1...


What are crib-biting and windsucking?

Cribbing   Crib-biting and windsucking used to be called stable vices, but as horses are increasingly studied we understand more about the motivation behind these behaviours, and they have been renamed as oral stereotypies.  These ‘habits’ are defined as “repetitive behaviours induced by frustration, repeat...