"All things are poison, and nothing is without poison; the dosage alone makes it so a thing is not a poison." This maxim is from the 16th-century Swiss physician, natural philosopher, and alchemist Theophrastus Aureolus Bombast von Hohenheim, today knows as "Paracelsus". But let’s talk about poisonous plants. What considerations must be heeded in the feeding of horses and their pasture turnout?
In horses, Lyme disease (Lyme borreliosis) can cause a wide variety of symptoms and treatment often proves ineffective. In this article we discuss the signs of Lyme borreliosis, how you can protect your horse from the disease and which herbs offer support.
Kissing spines is the name of an equine disorder in which the spaces between dorsal spinous processes are dramatically reduced to the point where these touch. A diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean the end of your horse’s career, however. Below, we discuss how back problems arise and how they can be treated, with exercise and supportive measures playing an important role.
Wij hebben een aantal tips om je paard te helpen en behandelen hier het onderwerp zomereczeem: wat is het en hoe kan ik een eczeempaard helpen?
Mites are all around us. These eight-legged arachnids live in our homes, our horses' stables, and even (in the case of some species) on, or in, equine skin. They feed on skin flakes and secretions and cause severe itching. These tiny parasites are not only annoying, they can also be dangerous for your horse. Learn here about the consequences of mite infestations for your horse and what you can do to fight them.
Equine sarcoids are the most commonly seen tumours in horses. Sarcoids are skin growths that are usually benign and do not metastasise to internal organs. Nevertheless, they are much more than mere cosmetic problems: they can quickly develop into aggressive tumours and cause serious harm. Sarcoids may appear as single or multiple growths and have a high rate of recurrence even after intense treatment. Learn here about equine sarcoids and the options for long-term treatment.
A blood count provides important information on a horse's health and is an essential part of veterinary diagnostics. However, interpreting a blood count is not so easy. Most horse owners don't know what to make of the lab values presented to them. Learn here what haemograms and complete blood counts can reveal, when to order which, and what further blood tests are available.
The laboratory analysis of faecal samples is a common process for determining if a horse has an intestinal parasite infection. However, a horse's faeces contain other important information on its health. Collecting a faecal sample is easy! Learn here what you should know and what tests can be done on faecal samples.
“Navicular disease” is the stuff of nightmares for ambitious riders: podotrochlosis (navicular inflammation, navicular disease) is one of the most common causes of chronic lameness in ridden horses. We’re here to tell you what navicular disease is, what causes this painful condition and how to best support an affected horse.
Hoof problems can take a horse out of commission for a long time! A horse can only give his best with stable and resilient hooves. Learn here what helps hooves that are dry and brittle, soft and flaky, or cracked and lined, and how you can improve the quality of your horse's hooves.
The basis for any proper equine diet is roughage. However, not all types of roughage are equally suitable for horses. Apart from fluctuations in quality, there are big differences in terms of tolerability. Find out what you should know about the different forms of roughage here.
24/7 turnout means that the horse spends all day and night at pasture and lives primarily on forage, the way his ancestors did in ancient times. But is round-the-clock turnout really good for our horses? Read here about where problems arise and what you should know before you decide to give your horse 24/7 turnout.
You've decided to move your horse to a new yard. Or maybe you've just bought a horse which will now be relocating to his new home. You're excited and looking forward to it, but keep in mind that moving causes stress in your horse. Read on to learn why horses have problems moving to new homes and how you can make the move easier for your horse.
Besity and lack of exercise are often the causes for serious metabolic disorders. Topping the list is EMS, or Equine Metabolic Syndrome – a disruption of the horse's carbohydrate metabolism which can have serious consequences, including dreaded laminitis.
As soon as the first green shoots appear in the fields, horses can't wait to get at them. Even with all that joy, however, we should not forget that spring turnout can also have its drawbacks: transitioning to pasture grass too quickly can bring the risk of diarrhoea, colic, or worst case, laminitis. Learn here why this transition should be carried out slowly and how you can start the grazing season right.
Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM, EPSSM) is a progressive disease of the skeletal muscles with very painful symptoms in acute cases. There are differences between Type 1 PSSM and Type 2 PSSM.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is a "general-purpose cleaner" for the organism: it boosts metabolism, aids digestion, promotes the production of urine and transports contaminants from the body.
A dreaded, irreversible and incurable disease: a diagnosis of osteoarthritis often signals the end of a sport or leisure horse's career. Are there ways to slow the progress of osteoarthritis? Read here how you can relieve your horse's pain and stiffness from chronic joint disease and help your horse to enjoy exercise again.
Persistent wet, muddy conditions in autumn will often have horse owners dealing with pastern dermatitis, aka mud fever, cracked heel or greasy heel. Read further to learn what factors play a role and what you can do to treat mud fever.
Stress en angst kunnen een sterke invloed hebben op het welzijn en de training van uw paard. Het goede nieuws is dat er natuurlijke hulp is tegen stress, spanning, nervositeit en angst. Met speciale kruiden kunt u uw paard optimaal ondersteunen.
Hoe ondersteun je de darm, wat is een sanering precies en hoe zit het nu eigenlijk met die darmflora? Hieronder kun je meer lezen over darmsanering en hoe je de darmflora van je paard kunt ondersteunen.
Het gebruik van kruiden en specerijen als bijvoeder is bedoeld om de diergezondheid te bevorderen en de prestaties te verbeteren. Historisch gezien is het gebruik van kruidengeneesmiddelen terug te voeren op vroege tijden. Een kort overzicht van kruiden voor paarden en huisdieren door Bianca Becker-Slovacek.
De magere schimmel heeft weer eens plakkerig bruine achterbenen, een opgeblazen buik en likt al een uur aan de ijzeren grendel van zijn paddock. Hij ziet er moe en verslagen uit. Hij tilt zijn staart op om te mesten en meteen is de oorzaak van de plakkerige achterhand duidelijk. Samen met de mestbolletjes loopt een bruine vloeistof tot over de spronggewrichten. Alweer mestwater, hoewel de omschakeling op ander voer al voorbij is! Hieronder vind je een overzichtelijke samenvatting over dit onderwerp en nuttige tips hoe je jouw paard bij langdurig mestwater kunt ondersteunen.
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