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What Shall I Do About My Skinny Horse?What Shall I Do About My Skinny Horse?

This year, more than others, we’ve been dealing with more underweight animals than usual. There are some common problems and basic guidelines that can be helpful for getting your equine in a good order.

Firstly, identifying when they are losing weight early helps you to change their management before it becomes much harder. You need to take rugs off, or actually feel ribs of furry ones – you can’t tell small amounts of weight loss from across a field.

The number one reason for weight loss is not enough food in comparison to amount needed. Horses predominantly need high fibre food, so an ad lib source of good grass / hay or haylage is a great place to start. Make sure bullying is not stopping some horses from eating enough. In a herd situation, sometimes leaving a large bale in the paddock might be more effective as there is access to food 24 / 7.

Hard feed, such as oats, pony nuts etc are a great addition if ad lib fibre is not enough. There’s a wide range of options available depending on the age or requirements of your horse.

Don’t forget to check the basics health care too. Horses need their teeth checking yearly and they need a good worming program based on faecal egg counts. We’ve found that there is still a lot of confusion about worming – horses need worming with a Moxidectin based wormer at least once per year, usually in Spring to cover encysted Cyathostomes. Equest and Ultramox (or a 5 day course of Panacur) are the only wormers in NZ that cover these. Your vet can help you decide an appropriate one for your situation.

If all the above basics are covered, then it might be time to investigate if there is something amiss medically – we’d be happy to help. There’s a wide range of problems that can cause weight loss, including ulcers, liver and kidney problems, diarrhea or colitis, chronic pain and metabolic issues.


Stallion Promo at our Reproduction Information Evening

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Alfredton School Horse Trek

Open country trek covering beautiful farmland, come and enjoy the scenery and learn about the history of the area. The trek covers Otapawa Station, Brooklands Station and around the beautiful Puketoi Range.
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Nasolacrimal Duct Problems in Horses

Nasolacrimal Duct Problems in Horses

Why is my horse crying all the time? Horses and ponies can get a variety of problems that affect their nasolacrimal duct system, which can result in some discomfort for them.
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No Foot, No Horse

No Foot, No Horse

The old adage about feet being very important to horses is as true now, as it ever was. Whether you need your horse to be capable of galloping at your enemy across a battlefield, or to be able to get top marks at your local dressage show, many of the fundamentals are the same.
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Featherston Volunteer Fire Service Team

Sandy and Stu want to give the Volunteer Fire Service Team from Featherston a huge thanks for their help yesterday afternoon. We were called to assist a horse that had gone down in a horse float just before the last bridge heading up the Rimutakas.
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Selenium Deficiency in Horses

Selenium Deficiency in Horses

Selenium Deficiency in Horses by Gene Cashman M.V.B. M.R.C.V.S.: An essential component in all diets, Selenium plays a vital role in a horse's metabolism.
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What happens during foaling?

A short guide to normal foaling - please feel free to contact us if you would like any further information
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Equine & Veterinary Links

These useful links have been listed to provide more information on the topics of sarcoids, shoeing, Cushings, saddlery and ageing horses by their teeth.
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Equine dental and worm egg count promotion

Equine dental and worm egg count promotion

It's getting to that time of the year when lots of people are starting to think about getting their horses' teeth sorted before winter.
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