Avoiding Laminitis…by Dr Tom Shurlock of British Horse Feeds
There is an increasing understanding of the underlying causes behind laminitis. Currently it is thought that there may be a seasonal hormone dysfunction – possibly induced by an underlying problem such as Cushing’s or IR – which helps explain why only a proportion of horses may succumb, but succumb during spring and autumn when grazing is potentially dangerous.
Horse Owners Needed for Ground-Breaking Equine Grass Sickness Vaccine Trial
As the high risk season for Equine Grass Sickness fast approaches the Animal Health Trust, one of the UK’s leading veterinary charities, is urging horse owners to take part in the second year of its ground-breaking nationwide EGS vaccine trial.
A debilitating and often fatal disease affecting horses, ponies and donkeys, Equine Grass Sickness (EGS) occurs predominantly in Europe, with Britain experiencing the highest incidence worldwide. In 2014, 59 cases of EGS were reported through the EGS Surveillance Scheme, but it is likely that this represents only a fraction of cases occurring annually throughout Britain.
The Celebrity Talk Area at Burghley Horse Trials sponsored by NAF is a “must see” area for spectators and riders alike, hosting talks from both high profiled riders to television presenters to members of the Equestrian Industry. NAF wanted to give one lucky person the opportunity to have a memento of the event so in 2014 NAF asked that each individual who went onto the stage could sign the NAF Burghley Brolly.
Latest studies reveal that one in three horses and ponies is now overweight.
Dengie senior nutritionist KATIE WILLIAMS, MSc (Dist), looks at those most at risk and what we can do to help them slim down.
We meet lots of overweight horses at Dengie yard clinics, so it was no surprise to find that two recently published papers reveal that about 30% of the equine population is obese.
Although this figure is shocking, it often takes an episode of ill-health – such as laminitis – for some owners to sit up and actually do something about their horse’s weight.
In one study, Prevalence of and Risk Factors for Equine Obesity in Great Britain Based on Owner-Reported Body Condition Scores, by Charlotte Robbins, nearly 16% of horses and ponies were reported to have a history of laminitis – a much higher figure than the 7% previously shown in the 2005 BEVA (British Equine Veterinary Association) study.
3,000 Horse & Pony Owners Needed To Participate In Fight against Laminitis
More than 3,000 horse and pony owners are needed to collaborate on a new web-based research project, named ‘CARE (Creating Awareness and Reporting Evidence) about laminitis’, that aims to help all horse and pony owners reduce the threat posed by equine laminitis.
The four-year study, being undertaken by the Animal Health Trust (AHT), in partnership with the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), and generously funded by World Horse Welfare, is being conducted by PhD student, Danica (Dee) Pollard, based at the AHT. It will take a closer look at management factors which may contribute to the development or recurrence of laminitis within the British horse and pony population.
The BETA Guide to Avoiding Prohibited Substances, will help riders steer clear of positive tests for banned substances in equestrian sport and highlights key factors responsible for their accidental presence in the horse and provides a helpful list of ways in which they can be avoided.
“Many riders are unclear what a prohibited substance is and are surprised to hear that they can be found in everyday food and drink such as chocolate, coffee and tea,” said BETA executive director Claire Williams, who has been instrumental in producing the guide. “By taking a few careful measures – many of which are just plain common sense – the risks of exposing a horse to the substances in question could be significantly reduced.”
Healthy Tummy is a high-calorie feed with an energy level equivalent to a competition mix or cube, but with about 10 times less starch. It features high-specification vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins and biotin for improved hoof condition. It also has an oil coating for slow-release energy and exceptional coat shine.
Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary in Oxfordshire has secured sponsorship from forage and feed manufacturer, HorseHage. The company will provide Mollichaff Donkey, which is a complete high fibre feed formulated specially for donkeys, for the 120 donkeys under the sanctuary’s care.
Mild winter may increase small redworm risks warns Zoetis.
Early spring is the high-risk time for larval cyathostominosis, a potentially fatal syndrome caused by the mass emergence of small redworm from their dormant, encysted state. Worming experts at Zoetis are warning that this year, the risk of disease may be higher than usual, following the UK’s exceptionally mild, wet winter.