We have just released an information sheet on how to help your mare to foal as safely as possible, what to watch for and most important what to do in an emergency. To see the page CLICK HERE
Once again here at Simply Horses we are offering our clients in conjunction with Merial our vaccine suppliers the chance to get your horse vaccinated through the Vaccine Amnesty.
If your horse is over 12 months of age and has never been vaccinated or your vaccinations have lapsed then you can benefit from this offer. You pay for the first vaccination (this must be done during the month of October) Merial will pay for the second vaccination at 4-6 weeks (you will have visit costs if applicable) then you pay for the third vaccination in 5-7 months. This applies to Flu/Tet only NOT tetanus.
Please ring the clinic 0191 3859696 to take advantage of this offer. We have already had an outbreak of equine flu in the North East so this is a great chance to protect your horse in the future and help keep him as healthy as you can
Working for a certificate
Having been out of University for just over 4 years now, I decided it was time to go back to the books and study. I enrolled on a certificate in advanced veterinary practice (certAVP), that I could do from home while continuing to work. So I am now once again a student at the University of Liverpool.
The aim of the certAVP is to provide more in depth knowledge in a specific field of veterinary practice. As I am still in the early stages, I am learning more general information before going into a more in depth area of interest. Eventually I will be doing more specific work on medicine subjects, including hearts and lungs, colics, liver problems and several others.
I am sent weekly reading lists, along with weekly assignments. These vary from short responses, to longer case reports. I am also required to attend online meetings and online discussion boards with other vets enrolled on the certificate. These give me the opportunity to discuss alternative diagnoses and treatments with vets from this country and also those outside the UK working for the same certAVP.
I have been very lucky to have the help of my colleague, Keesjan, who started working for us a few months ago. He has done a lot of work in medicine (already holding certificates) and provides a lot of support for me when working up cases.
I hope that this certAVP will bring more to our clients and allow us to provide a better service to you all. In the mean time, it is back to the study for me as I have deadlines to meet!
Charlotte Stedman MRCVS
Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance.Will Durant (1885-1981) U.S. author and historian.
Event Prospect = Big Fast Lively Horse
Dressage Prospect = Big Slow Horse
Hack Prospect = Pretty Colour
Endurance Prospect = Fast Horse which will turn sometimes
Has raced = Not very fast
Flashy = White Socks
Attractive = Pretty colour
15.2hh = 14.3hhh
16.2hh = 15.3hh
To Loving Home = Very Expensive
To Show Home Only = Extremely Expensive
Needs Experienced Rider = Potentially Lethal
Elegant = Thin
In Good Condition = Fat
Free Moving = Bolts
Quiet = Lame in Both Front Legs
Dead Quiet = Lame in All Four Legs
Good in Traffic (Bombproof) = Lame all Round, Deaf and Blind
Loves Children = Kicks and Bites
Pony Type = Small and Hairy
Arab Type = Looks startled and Flighty
TB Type = Looks Terrified
Warmblood Type = Big and built like a bodybuilder
Draught Type = Big and Exceedingly Hairy
Easy to Catch = Very Old
Must Sell = Wife has left home and taken kids
All Offers Considered = I am in Traction for 6 months
- Drop a heavy steel object on your foot. Don't pick it up right away. Shout “Get off,stupid! Get off!”
- Leap out of a moving vehicle and practice “Relaxing into the fall”. Roll lithely into a ball, and spring to your feet!
- Learn to grab your cheque book out of your purse/pocket and write out a £100 cheque without even looking down.
- Jog long distances carrying a head collar and holding out a carrot. Go ahead and tell the neighbours what you're doing. Panama . They might as well know now.
- Fix a pair of reins to a moving freight train and practice pulling it to a halt. And smile as if you are really having fun.
- Hone your fibbing skills. “See darling moving hay bales is fun!” and ” I'm glad your lucky performance and multi-million pound horse won you first place – I'm just thankful that my hard work and actual ability won me second place”.
- Practice dialing your chiropractors number with both arms paralyzed to the shoulder, and one foot anchoring the lead rope of a frisky horse.
- Lie face down in the mud in your most expensive riding clothes and repeat to yourself: “This is a learning experience, this is a learning experience…”
- Marry Money!
Some photos of Robbie, kindly sent by Pam Jameson
SimplyHorses has just had the final touches to our new vehicle. Have a look and tell us what you think 😉
Welcome to our blog, this is the first of a number of posts regarding the setting up of our new Hoof Maintenance Program at SimplyHorses. Below is an image of the ideal foot 😉 how does your horse compare.
Go on take a look, carefully from the side and with the cannon supported in your hand, interesting!
Remember no foot no horse 😉
One of the most common questions I get asked by both farriers and clients at the Podiatry Clinic is how can I improve my horses feet. So I offer some basic guidelines below and I will expand on this over time. This whole process has been made easier with the purchase and use of mobile digital x-ray equipment.
Remember the most important factor in this is a good relationship between the vet and farrier. austin cloud The farrier must be fully involved and committed remember the breakfast of bacon and eggs, the chicken was involved but the pig was committed 😉
It is difficult to give general guidelines as each horse is different but when I asses any horse these basics go through my mind:
I try to move the start of break over back to approximately under the tip of P3 or ideally in practice @ 6 mm in front; the point here is to make it easier for P3 to rotate around the end of P2; without radiographs to go by, in the average foot I halve the distance between the apex of the frog and outer surface of the hoof wall at the toe or also go @ 1 to 2 cm in front of the point of the frog as a guide, and either start a gentle roll at that halfway point (barefoot horse) or choose and place the shoe so that the start of break over is located about there (shod horse), ideally using natural balance shoes. Again the devil is in the detail so be careful.
It is important to trim/shoe so that the bulk of the load is borne on the rear two-thirds of the foot (generally, from the apex of the frog back, this is found by trimming carefully at the point of the frog so you get the true apex); this involves trimming so that the bearing surface extends as far back under the heel bulbs as is possible with that foot on that day (“to the widest part of the frog” is a good general guide, although it’s not always possible to get there in one trimming, as each horses foot differs)
In my hands accurate lateral radiographs are very useful in these cases and in an ideal world I would x-ray a clients horse front feet at lease once per year to monitor, more if we have any problems. However the x-rays must be accurate and taken carefully. You do not shoe the radio-graphs you shoe the horse, but they can be very useful guidance aids for your foot care professionals.
I also include a general assessment of the horse’s posture and movement patterns, his occupation, his fitness programme, his past history and his owner’s expectations for him / her , etc.
Over time (usually just a couple of months if it’s done correctly), these feet start to develop more robust heels and generally better digital mechanics. However this is an ongoing process.
The picture below shows the new digital processor at the Podiatry Clinic enabling high quality radiographs to be obtained at the clients stables.
A recent Study shows no resistance to moxidectin – 04/06/2009
A European study to evaluate the efficacy of the key anthelmintic molecules in treating equine cyathostomins has confirmed that resistance is developing against all of them, with the exception of moxidectin.
The study focused specifically on the molecules fenbendazole, pyrantel, ivermectin and moxidectin.
Resistance to fenbendazole was highlighted as a particular issue with 80 per cent of the yards tested in the UK and Germany showing resistance. Resistance to pyrantel also proved to be increasingly prevalent while cases of ivermectin resistance were emerging.
A small redworm larva The Fort Dodge-sponsored study, the largest of its kind so far undertaken, took place during 2008 and was led by scientific teams from veterinary faculties in Italy and Germany. It was based on Faecal Egg Count Reduction Tests (FECRTs) of 1,704 horses at 102 yards in Italy, Germany and the UK. The calculation of FECR data was performed employing bootstrap analysis of group arithmetic means.
The study concluded that:
* The testing of fenbendazole in a total of 80 yards showed resistance present in more than 80 per cent of the UK and German yards and in 38 per cent of Italian yards;
* Pyrantel was tested in all 102 yards with resistance being found in 25 per cent of yards in all three countries;
* Resistance to ivermectin was significantly lower with resistance found in only one yard in Italy and two in the UK from a total of the 102 yards tested;
* No resistance to moxidectin was detected in any yard in any country;
* Multiple resistance to fenbendazole and pyrantel or ivermectin was identified in all three countries, with one yard in the UK found to have resistance to fenbendazole, pyrantel and ivermectin.