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Grass Sickness in Horses

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 30th of September, 2014

Grass sickness, or to give it its correct name, equine dysautonomia, is a thankfully rare, but unfortunately, usually fatal equine condition. The exact causes of the condition are unknown, but it is thought to be related to ingestion of a toxin produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which is carried within the soil and passed through to the grass that horses and ponies graze upon.

 

Due to this, the condition is most commonly seen in horses, ponies and donkeys that graze on pasture-land, although a smaller number of cases have also been identified in horses that are stabled and do not graze. There is no known cure for infection with the condition, and it is fatal in around 95% of cases.

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Types of Wounds in Horses

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 23rd of September, 2014

Despite their large size, horses and ponies tend to be rather delicate creatures, and most owners will be familiar with the sinking feeling that accompanies returning from a ride or bringing your horse in from the field to find a wound, injury or other problem. While this is a relatively regular occurrence in the equestrian world overall and minor scrapes and injuries can often be treated by the owner, it is important to know how to tell the difference between different types of wounds, and know how to treat them or when to call the vet.

Read on to learn more about the six most common types of wounds on horses and ponies, plus how to deal with them.

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The Great Central Saddlery Giveaway Competition

by , Posted on 4th of September, 2014

The Great Central Saddlery Giveaway Competition

Here at Central Saddlery we are pleased to announce our newest giveaway competition. Our lucky winner will be in with a chance of winning one of these fabulous packages:

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Coping with Sweet Itch

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 1st of August, 2014

For horses and ponies that are prone to suffering from sweet itch, the summer season can prove to be a constant source of annoyance for both horse and owner! Sweet itch “season” usually runs from April to October, and with the early spring and mild weather we have had this year, it is likely that horses prone to the condition will begin to feel the effects of sweet itch sooner rather than later.

If you are wondering what you can do now to take a proactive approach to preventing or minimising sweet itch in your horse or pony, read on for our top tips.

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Fly Control for Your Horse This Summer

by Dr Kaeli Pettigrew, Posted on 11th of July, 2014

Summertime and the living is easy…… or so the song goes. The long wet winter is finally behind us, the horses are out to pasture and we can breathe a long sigh of relief. No more bringing in wet, muddy horses in the dark, no more hosing off legs and treating for mud fever. For some of us, who are lucky enough to have our horses living out during the summer months, it can really seem like a huge weight has been lifted. Obviously horses still need to be attended to each day, with daily checks to both horses and fields, but the workload is cut dramatically.

 

However, before we all get too complacent, there is a fly in the ointment. Quite literally in fact, with flies being the scourge of our poor horses and ponies during the summer months. They can be a complete pain but fear not – there are plenty of ways that you can help to protect your equine friend from the misery of fly bites.

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