Be Proactive. Not Reactive.

Did you know that low-grade lameness could be indicative of a bigger problem such as Osteoarthritis (OA)? This isn’t very surprising as everyday activity and exercise can contribute to normal wear and tear in the joints. Not just an old age problem…. A typical approach to equine joint care is to commence treatment once a…

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Aussie farriers recommend BiotinMAX

When you just need biotin, farriers recommend BiotinMAX CONCENTRATE. We ask an awful lot of an animal who walks on his middle toenails. Humans have recognised for centuries that the foundation of a horse’s soundness lies in his hooves. “No hoof, no horse” is about as basic a principle as there is. Without healthy hooves,…

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Protecting your horse from the winter blues

Winter is upon us again and it’s time to protect your horse’s health against the elements. Wet and muddy conditions become a breeding ground for bacteria and your horses will need extra help to stay in good health and performing at their best. A common winter condition is Greasy Heel, a bacterial infection similar to…

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Does my horse NEED a supplement?

While we’re all in a varied COVID-19 holding pattern at the moment, we start to re-assess everything. Some of us are continuing to train our horses in preparation for the day we can compete again. Some of us have scaled it right back for the experienced campaigners and brought young horses into work instead. So,…

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Before and After Quick Heal

To pick or not to pick?

The painful scabs that form when Greasy Heel strikes do not look or feel great on your horse, but should you pick them off? The answer is yes! The bacteria, fungi and mites that cause the greasy heel most often live underneath these scabs, so until they are removed, the infection is extremely likely to…

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Importance of Poulice

Don’t Forget to Pack the Poultice

One of the most essential items to have in your truck or float when you are out competing is a quality clay poultice. Applied to the horse’s leg, a poultice can reduce inflammation quickly, decrease pain and keep you and your horse in the competition. Travelling, warm-ups, standing in stalls and actually showing or competing…

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You might be surprised to hear that the powerhouse of the horse’s digestive system is THE HINDGUT!

Hindgut quick fact update. The hindgut consists of the caecum, large colon, small colon and rectum and houses trillions of microbes (yep, you read that right!) that produce enzymes to breakdown (ferment) plant fibre and provide your horse with energy in the form of volatile fatty acids (VFAs). Horses are unable to digest fibre using…

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As they say at Peter Lock Racing in New Zealand, “Prevention is much better than cure!”

“Some people believe that icing and or poulticing a horses legs is only needed when there is an injury but as my vet reminds me, PREVENTING damage from heat and exercise is much easier, cheaper, and less heartbreaking than TREATING damage from an injury.” This is what we do around the stables at Peter Lock…

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Equine Ulcer Research Group

Tick the box for “alkaline slime” says Dr Ben Sykes

A handy guide for choosing the RIGHT gut supplement for your ulcer prone horse. You have just found out your horse has ulcers and after veterinary treatment, it has been recommended you start feeding a gut health supplement for the management of ulcers. But where do you even begin? The equine market is crowded with…

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