04 MAR THE SPANIARD FEAT NEEM SUPREME V. WEAPONS-GRADE HORSEFLIES … AND THE GLOVES ARE OFF!

I’m not a tour guide but I do know that Kent is notable for many things; Henry VIII installed his first wife (whose head actually remained on her shoulders) at Leeds Castle, before he shabbed off and left her for Anne Boleyn.  Sissinghurst Castle was home to Vita Sackville-West who…
THE SPANIARD feat Seven and the Horseball

05 NOV THE SPANIARD FEAT SEVEN AND THE HORSEBALL

It’s not just all about the horses … we’ve got 7 dogs too. I know, it sounds like a lot when you say it out loud but you don’t really notice just how many there are, not when they’re all whizzing about the yard like Gremlins on amphetamines … until…
Getting to Grips with Mud Fever

23 SEP GETTING TO GRIPS WITH MUD FEVER

Mud Fever is a bit of a mystery.  It seems to come from nowhere.  The microbes responsible are probably already on the skin just waiting for an opportunity to get in a bit deeper and cause trouble. Horses prone to mud fever include the elderly, those with compromised immune systems from…
Why Is My Horse So Itchy In Spring?

26 MAR WHY IS MY HORSE SO ITCHY IN SPRING?

This time of year – late February and March - when the days are lengthening, we get a lot of queries from people who are wondering whether to start their sweet itch regimes as their horses have started to rub. My response to this is to be careful that you’re…
Making Sense of Sweet Itch Treatments

05 FEB MAKING SENSE OF SWEET ITCH TREATMENTS

I read many posts and receive messages from owners of horses with sweet itch who are at their wits end having ‘tried everything’.For someone who feels they’ve tried everything, where can you start to help them?  The answer is to break things down for them and help them work out…
To Rug or Not to Rug:  A Modern Dilemma

13 MAR TO RUG OR NOT TO RUG: A MODERN DILEMMA

Well, I have been slowly dispensing with a winter turnout rug for Bea, my non sweet itch girl. Over the last few years I’ve been putting her rug on later and later and taking it off earlier and earlier so this winter I thought I’d try to do without.  I…
Midges and Sweet Itch...forewarned is forearmed!!

21 FEB MIDGES AND SWEET ITCH...FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED!!

At this time of year, the questions I get asked most are:  “ What can I do to prevent my horse’s sweet itch symptoms (namely itching and rubbing)  from starting?” and “When exactly should I start my horse’s regime?”As things stand, there is no cure for sweet itch: it’s a…
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