Laminitis

By Sue Palmer Laminitis is a devastating condition, as anyone who has watched their horse or pony suffer from it will know. There is much new research around the condition, …

Laminitis update

By Sue Palmer   A recent update on laminitis is shifting beliefs.  As I grew up, we ‘knew’ that laminitis was caused by ponies being too fat, mostly because they …

Hay in the poo?

By Sue Palmer A study has been released assessing the effect of equine dental work on faecal fibre length (the length of the hay fibres in the poo!). They (unsurprisingly) …

Horse Health Week

By Sue Palmer OK, so I missed it (5th to 9th March), but it’s such an important subject that I decided to write on it anyway!  I just found out …

Hind gut ulcers?

By Sue Palmer   I’ve been wondering for a while now about the ‘diagnosis’ of ‘hind gut ulcers’ or ‘hind gut inflammation’ (there seems to be controversy over the name, …

Fat horses cost more to keep

A recent study reported in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science found that over-conditioned horses cost around $434 (approx £315) more to keep per year than non-over-conditioned horses: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0737080617307682   It’s …

Rider weight study results

  The results of Dr Sue Dyson’s long awaited ‘rider weight study’ were introduced yesterday at the National Equine Forum. Sue gives an introduction on the Horse Hour podcast here: https://player.fm/series/horsehour-podcast/nef-18-rider-weight-study. …