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In line with Vetpro’s policy of helping horse owners & trainers to understand and improve the management of their animals requirements. We have included this section of useful articles written by Veterinarians and nutritionists. These Articles are offered to provide knowledge but in no way should replace the advice of your own Veterinarian.

Please note: Vetpro can not be held responsible for any actions taken as a result of the information provided in these Articles.

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The Challenges for Overweight

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Obese – Laminitic – EMS – Cushing Diseased [...]

What Supplements Do Your Horses Really Need Each Day

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Your horses need a range of minerals but [...]

Effects of Sun on Equine Skin

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES The Positive Effects of Sunlight on Horses [...]

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The Challenges for Overweight

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Obese – Laminitic – EMS – Cushing Diseased [...]

What Supplements Do Your Horses Really Need Each Day

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Your horses need a range of minerals but [...]

Effects of Sun on Equine Skin

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES The Positive Effects of Sunlight on Horses [...]

Calcium Supplementation – How this Relates to Oxalate Grasses

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Normal Pasture Conditions Calcium, for a horse, [...]

Developing the Growth of the Young Horse Safely

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Nutritional Support of the Young Horse The [...]

Feeding Fat – Oils and the Omega Balance

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES The Benefits of Fat in a Horses Diet [...]

Kelp for Horses and Dogs – Why is Seaweed Good for Them

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Which Kelp It is important to understand [...]

Sixty Signs of a Healthy and Happy Horse

Products that may assist with achieving a healthy & happy horse 1. Body condition should [...]

Horses do get HOT!!

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES How Hot Can a Horse Get? It [...]

Mycotoxins and Binders – Why, What, How

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Why Have Toxin Binders Been Developed Mycotoxins [...]

Laminitis from Dietary Intake

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES How Does This Form of Laminitis Happen? [...]

Wound Care

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES There are different types of wounds that can [...]

The Thin Horse – How to Create Weight Gain

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES When your horse is thin there is more [...]

Vitamin E Supplement for Horses

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES What is Vitamin E and When Does a [...]

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Joints – Damage, Arthritis, DJD

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES What is Equine Arthritis & Degenerative Joint Disease [...]

The Older Horse

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES The Basic Care and Management What is [...]

Energy – What, Where, How

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES A horse needs strength - stamina - muscular [...]

Selenium – What, Why, How

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES What is Selenium? Is it Good for a [...]

Care of the Orphan Foal

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES It is tragic when the mare dies during [...]

Protein- What, Why, How

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES What is Protein? Well muscled horse [...]

Nutrition for Brood Mares

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES When Grass is Never Enough and a Foal [...]

Emu Oil

Find out more about Emu Oil The Properties of Emu Oil Emu oil was [...]

Electrolytes – Why, When, What, How

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Why do Horses Need Electrolytes When horses [...]

Copper, Chromium & Selenium – Three Essential Trace Elements

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Trace elements are essential for normal body function. [...]

Carbohydrates in Grass – Effects on Behaviour & Performance

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES The Processes of Grass that Create the Sugar [...]

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Equine Allergies

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Left: Dust and moulds can irritate the [...]

Mud Fever – Symptoms and Solutions

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES What is Mud Fever in Horses It [...]

The Challenges for Overweight

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Obese – Laminitic – EMS – Cushing Diseased Horses Complications of Equine Obesity Aside from the obvious physical issues of too much condition affecting movement, respiratory [...]

What Supplements Do Your Horses Really Need Each Day

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Your horses need a range of minerals but they must be in correct proportions. The actual quantities are important but so is the balance of the formula, more [...]

Effects of Sun on Equine Skin

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES The Positive Effects of Sunlight on Horses The physical positive effect of sunlight is the effect it has on the oils in the skin and that is [...]

Calcium Supplementation – How this Relates to Oxalate Grasses

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Normal Pasture Conditions Calcium, for a horse, is a very important mineral. Keeping a horse on good quality pasture, feeding lucerne chaff or fibre mix and not [...]

Developing the Growth of the Young Horse Safely

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Nutritional Support of the Young Horse The growth of young horses (particularly between weaning and two years old), has received much attention from the veterinary scientists and [...]

Feeding Fat – Oils and the Omega Balance

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES The Benefits of Fat in a Horses Diet Like all good horsemasters know, when feeding horses all aspects of their work, the type of horse, the basic [...]

Kelp for Horses and Dogs – Why is Seaweed Good for Them

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Which Kelp It is important to understand that not just any kelp supplement from any type of seaweed is good for an animal supplement. Most are too [...]

Sixty Signs of a Healthy and Happy Horse

Products that may assist with achieving a healthy & happy horse 1. Body condition should be not too fat, nor too thin. A horse should display a well rounded rump, the ribs should be well [...]

Horses do get HOT!!

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES How Hot Can a Horse Get? It doesn’t need to be a hot day for a horse to heat up as the exercise will heat up the [...]

Mycotoxins and Binders – Why, What, How

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Why Have Toxin Binders Been Developed Mycotoxins are an issue for animals, most particularly swine, poultry and to some degree cattle, with a few that are particular [...]

Laminitis from Dietary Intake

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES How Does This Form of Laminitis Happen? There are different forms and triggers of the disease in horses called Laminitis or sometimes called Founder sometimes it takes [...]

Wound Care

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES There are different types of wounds that can occur with horses, the correct first aid procedure is essential.  Always have some first aid items on hand in the [...]

The Thin Horse – How to Create Weight Gain

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES When your horse is thin there is more to think about than just increasing the feed. First of all it is so important to try and analyse why [...]

Vitamin E Supplement for Horses

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES What is Vitamin E and When Does a Horse Need It? Normally horses will provide themselves with all the vitamins they need if they have a good [...]

Joints – Damage, Arthritis, DJD

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES What is Equine Arthritis & Degenerative Joint Disease Every Step They Take Arthritis means inflammation in the horse’s joints, this inflammation can be from any [...]

The Older Horse

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES The Basic Care and Management What is considered old? Some older animals that are sound and still being ridden will seem younger than a horse retired and [...]

Energy – What, Where, How

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES A horse needs strength - stamina - muscular response - for a successful performance. Energy is a necessity for all of these elements of success, whatever equine sport [...]

Selenium – What, Why, How

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES What is Selenium? Is it Good for a Horse or is it Toxic? Sign of selenium over supplementation. Selenium is an essential trace mineral and [...]

Care of the Orphan Foal

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES It is tragic when the mare dies during or soon after foaling. However with veterinary assistance and good care it is possible to successfully raise an orphan foal. [...]

Protein- What, Why, How

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES What is Protein? Well muscled horse Protein is a vital requirement for all horses, the demand is greatest for the growing horse and the late [...]

Nutrition for Brood Mares

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES When Grass is Never Enough and a Foal Needs a Good Start in Life What Does the Pregnant Mare Need? A foal needs a good nutritional [...]

Emu Oil

Find out more about Emu Oil The Properties of Emu Oil Emu oil was discovered by the Aborigines many thousands of years ago. It has been utilised in Aboriginal culture as an antiseptic, analgesic [...]

Electrolytes – Why, When, What, How

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Why do Horses Need Electrolytes When horses are  working  the muscular activity associated with training and competition results in a rapid increase in body temperature. The only [...]

Copper, Chromium & Selenium – Three Essential Trace Elements

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Trace elements are essential for normal body function. They are involved in the enzyme systems that control the many biochemical reactions that take place within the cells. Three [...]

Carbohydrates in Grass – Effects on Behaviour & Performance

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES The Processes of Grass that Create the Sugar Energy The primary source of feed for most horses is pasture. To understand the horse’s digestion of grass, we [...]

Equine Allergies

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Left: Dust and moulds can irritate the eyes. Right: An example of equine hives. So out of the blue your horse has developed some unusual reactions [...]

Mud Fever – Symptoms and Solutions

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES What is Mud Fever in Horses It is not really a fever, and has several different names:  greasy heel, scratches, pastern dermatitis or dermatophilosis infection. It is [...]

VETERINARY NOTES

Improving Bone Density

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Dr Peter Gillespie. BVSc MACVS. Fifty five million years of evolution has seen the horse develop from a small, dog sized creature with four toes on each leg into the tall, elegant, fleet-footed animal we know today. The [...]

Skin Diseases

Annabel Ensor BVSc. Ringworm Ringworm is a common contagious skin disease of horses. It is caused by a fungal infection. Trichophyton equinum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Microsporum gypseum, and Microsporum canis are the most frequently isolated organisms. It is important to note that humans can [...]

Equine Tendon Injuries

Fig.1 Structure Think of a tendon like a telephone cable consisting of parallel bundles of collagen fibres, arranged longitudinally (Fig 1). Cells called fibroblasts are interspersed between the collagen fibres; their job is to produce new collagen. Collagen has high tensile strength, but limited elasticity. An [...]

The Rig – Cryptorchid Horse

Dr Peter Gillespie. BVSc MACVS. A cryptorchid horse, or rig, as it is commonly known, has one or both of its testicles retained in its inguinal canal or abdominal cavity (Fig 1). Often the condition goes unnoticed until the time comes for the horse to be castrated. During early [...]

Pre-purchase – The Vet Examination

Dr Peter Gillespie. BVSc MACVS. The horse industry, be it racing, eventing, showjumping or dressage, both for business and pleasure, relies on the buying and selling of horses for its existence. Every year in New Zealand, thousands of horses change ownership, some for as little as $500, others for [...]

The Equine Hock Joint

Dr Peter Gillespie. BVSc MACVS. Situated midway between the stifle joint and the foot in the hind limb, is the hock, one of the hardest working joints in the equine body. It is also one of the most complex – comprising six bones making up four individual joints, all [...]

The Equine Suspensory Ligament

Dr Peter Gillespie. BVSc MACVS. Injuries to the suspensory ligament are a common occurrence in athletic horses. They can occur in both the fore and hind legs and have the potential to bring a horse’s competitive career to an end. Where is the suspensory ligament and what does it [...]

Tye-Up Muscle Myopathy

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Dr Peter Gillespie. BVSc MACVS. Tye-up or Exertional Myopathies are the terms given to a group of muscular conditions that commonly affect performance horses.. The common assumption that all cases of tye-up are feed related has led to [...]

Preparation for Birth- Who gives the signal

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Eleven months, eleven days have passed quickly. It didn’t seem long ago that the stud master had phoned to say that your mare had been served. Nor did it seem that long since you paid the vet’s bill for [...]

Herpes in Horses

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Dr Peter Gillespie. BVSc MACVS. Viral respiratory disease is the most common reasons for coughs and colds and for poor performance in competition horses in New Zealand. The early recognition of infections is important to ensure recovery is [...]

30 Facts You Should Know About Your Horses Feet

PRODUCTS THAT MAY ASSIST WITH THESE ISSUES Dr Peter Gillespie BVSc MACVS The term foot and hoof are often used synonymously. By definition the hoof  is the integument of the foot and the foot is the part of the distal limb encased by the hoof. The [...]