Winter brings plenty of horse health challenges, most notably conditions associated with wet and mud, such as mud fever. British Racesafe Junior team vet Spike Milligan, and equine vet and event rider Katie Brickman explain how best to combat and manage it in the event horse here.
We’ve only just started to understand how much poor sleep impacts on our mental and physical health, but does it affect horses in the same way? Early research is suggesting ‘yes’, and competition results, or even rider safety, could suffer as a result.
Equine vets have one of the highest injury risks of all civilian professions; to help address this serious issue, the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) has launched a campaign to help horse owners make life safer for their horses, themselves and their vets.
The majority of horses display a degree of asymmetry (just like people), which can give rise to unlevel movement, but unlevel movement is not necessarily the same as unsoundness; it can sometimes be addressed with training to resolve the asymmetry.