Stay informed with our topical articles, all written by our equine vets.


The 24 cheek teeth are designed to grind forage for up to 16 hours a day. These teeth erupt and are ground down continuously and those in each quadrant of the mouth act as a single grinding surface without spaces. A diastema (plural, diastemata) is defined as a gap between teeth. Diastemata in the normally tightly fitting cheek […]

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Lenny’s Tongue injury

Back in November, Lenny, a charismatic young dressage horse, was found hyper-salivating, unable to eat or open his mouth and very quiet when his owners did a routine late night check. The emergency vet was called and Hattie attended to find a very unusual injury to Lenny’s tongue. The tongue had an almost full thickness […]

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Eyelid lacerations

Oakhill Vet Stuart was called promptly when Sully caught his eye on a wall.  Sully’s eye was checked for an ulcer and the eyelid was sutured under sedation and local anaesthetic. Prompt suturing and great care from his owner, preventing him from disrupting the stitches, has lead to a great cosmetic result! However, eyelid laceration […]

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Equine Influenza – what’s the current situation?

There have been separate cases of Equine Influenza confirmed in the UK. Horses in Essex, Cheshire and Derbyshire have been affected this month with further reports of outbreaks in Belgium, France and Germany. With all three outbreaks it has been unvaccinated horses that have tested positive. Currently the number of outbreaks is small but they have […]

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Free* ACTH tests are back for 2019

Testing for PPID in your horse or pony A few years ago PPID or Equine Cushing’s Disease was considered a rare hormonal disease in horses. Now it is thought to affect over 20% of horses over the age of 15 and is a condition recognised almost daily in equine veterinary practice. Past ‘Talk about Laminitis’ […]

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What lurks beneath – equine lice

As our horses grow a thicker and longer coat over winter to keep themselves insulated it becomes an ideal breeding ground for lice, especially when we then cover this in a warm rug. The life cycle of the louse is complete within 4 weeks and eggs hatch 10 days after being laid. Eggs or nits […]

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