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Wednesday, 4 July 2018 - 6:48pm

St Boniface Equine Haemo Tonic is a liquid supplement that provides a range of B vitamins, iron and cobalt.

St Boniface Equine Haemo tonic may be useful for:-

  • For horses recovering from illness or post-surgery
  • As a pick me up in horses that are dull or lethargic with low energy levels, for example after a viral infection
  • Horses with a poor appetite or restricted diet
  • Horses with anaemia
  • Horses with an exceptionally high worm egg count...
Monday, 26 March 2018 - 4:12pm

Kate Lethbridge explains a recent case of geriatric donkey called Frazzle who's had a few bouts of lameness

Frazzle is a 21-year-old Donkey who presented to me with acute lameness.

Frazzle’s owners were understandably concerned when they noticed him laying down in the field and unable to weight bear on his right forelimb.

I examined Frazzle and he was very sore on his right fore heel bulbs. 

There also appeared to be a draining abscess to the outside of the white...

Friday, 9 February 2018 - 3:17pm

One of our patients, Magic, was being led back in from the field one evening when the owner noticed a small wound to his eyelid. Knowing that eye injuries can often become complicated the owner was on the phone immediately and before long Magic was being examined by one of our vets, Clare.

Magic was quite uncomfortable and holding his eye closed. Clare could see that the wound on his eyelid actually extended into the conjunctiva, the soft pink tissue behind the eyelid. Additionally,...

Friday, 29 December 2017 - 9:51am

As the dark evenings and winter weather seems to drag on and on, horse owners are often forced to change the management of their horses – with more time in the stable, less grass to eat and fewer daylight hours to ride in, some simple steps can help keep our horses in top condition until Spring!

Rugging Up

As the weather turns colder, owners are often tempted to rug their horses and ponies to keep them toasty warm – especially with exciting new rug designs on...

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 - 6:25pm

Sadie and Deanna assist Clare and the equine team for all appointments at Wolfgar Farm; so we thought it would be a great opportunity for you to hear more about them and their wonderful horses.

Sadie owns Rowan, a 10 year old Welsh Section D.

He is a cheeky character!  They enjoy hacking around the Devon countryside, and also enjoy competing.  Last year they took part in their first British Eventing (BE90) events and are hoping to do more this coming season...

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 - 6:13pm

Winter Respiratory Disease - Causes

The wintery weather often affects our horses’ respiratory health just as it can affect us.  Generally over winter horses are stabled for longer periods of time which can mean they may be exposed to increased levels of airborne dust and other irritants.  This can result in airway irritation and trigger an inflammatory response, resulting in coughing, wheezing, nasal discharge or reduced exercise tolerance.

To reduce the impact...

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 - 6:03pm

What is “Mud Fever”?

‘Mud Fever’ is a common skin condition usually affecting the legs of a horse, typically the heels and pasterns.  Most commonly seen during wet winter conditions, Mud Fever, which is also known as greasy heel, cracked heels or scratches, is more correctly termed Pastern Dermatitis. 

Pastern Dermatitis is caused by bacteria including Staphylococcus and Dermatophylus species.  These bacteria live on the healthy skin of horses without causing a...

Friday, 22 September 2017 - 5:09pm

Bart was recently treated out at our Wolfgar Clinic. He has a troublesome Sarcoid, near his wither, that was being rubbed by his saddle.

Bart was sedated and local anaesthetic applied to the area.  A surgical laser was used to remove the Sarcoid. The surgery took less than 5 minutes!

Very quickly Bart was back in his stable eating his haynet. He will now have a few weeks rest to allow his skin to heal. 

Keep checking back for photos of his progress!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 - 5:14pm

It certainly feels like winter is on its way this week! Many horse owners have started to dig out winter rugs, so if you are tempted to start rugging, you may be interested in the following advice from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary School, Edinburgh.

- Horses and ponies that are obese, unclipped and live out do not require a rug! Use winter to your advantage – allowing your horse to use their fat reserves to keep warm will help weight loss and dramatically reduce the laminitis risk next...

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 - 3:48pm

Gastric Ulcers in a Nutshell!

As part of our series discussing gastric ulcers, a common but often preventable and treatable condition, we ask:  How can we prevent and treat them?

How to treat and help prevent gastric ulcers

As the horse’s digestive system was designed for roaming the Great Plains and eating almost constantly, the key to managing our domesticated companions is to mimic nature as closely as possible.

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