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Winter Conditions

Colic Colic is a collection of clinical signs shown by a horse that indicate abdominal discomfort. Changes in management, especially if not made gradually, can precipitate episodes of colic. At this time of year, horses undergo a significant management change, coming in from pasture to spend prolonged periods of time in their stable. Therefore, we […]

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Microchipping Rules Oct 2020

Are you organised following the new microchipping rules that came in on 1st October 2020? Now all horses, irrespective of age should be microchipped and registered with the government central equine database. You can check if your horse is registered at and follow our flowchart to check that you have satisfied the new guidelines. […]

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an advanced imaging tool that is widely used in the veterinary and human healthcare fields. MRI has been developed for use on our equine patients and has been found to be invaluable in helping us to attain specific, accurate diagnoses for our patients. Did you know? Using MRI early on in […]

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Liver Case Study

The liver has multiple responsibilities including nutrient and toxin absorption. It has a large ability to cope with insults however, clinical signs will become apparent when 60% of the liver is damaged.  Signs can include jaundice (a yellowing of the gums or white of eyes), weight loss and in severe cases neurological signs such as […]

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Pinworm (Oxyuris equi) infection is manifest by affected horses itching their peri-anal and tailhead regions. Adult worms reside in the large intestine with the female worm travelling down the small colon to lay eggs on the skin surrounding the anus (often indicated by a yellow discharge as seen in photo one below). This usually causes intense irritation manifest […]

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The Colic Examination Explained

Colic is the term used to describe abdominal pain. This is usually from the gastrointestinal tract but can be from any abdominal organ (e.g. the ovaries). Colic signs include curling of the top lip, pawing the ground, flank watching, rolling, increased recumbency (lying down) and change in the amount and/or consistency of droppings. Most cases […]

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