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    allergy to midges

    We have a yearling colt who is reacting badly to the midges now appearing morning and evening. Not only rubbing his mane and tail, but he is also distressed by them and hides in his field shelter. I don’t know whether to just let him tough it out and get used to them, or try to find a...
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    Use of Vitex Agnus-Castus in place of Prascend

    I live in France and have a horse on Prascend, where it costs twice as much. Does anyone have experience of using Vitex Agnus-Castus which is listed on the internet as an alternative.
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    kidney failure

    A blood test just diagnosed my much loved 25 year old mare with kidney failure. We noticed she was suddenly looking uncomfortable and off her food but curiously, not grass. I have been told she must go to a clinic and have infusion for 3 days, with blood tests before and after at a huge price...
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    box walking foal

    I have a 5 month old foal who was born late and kept at the stud farm for his first 2 months while his legs strengthened. He had to be put on box rest during this time and since he has been home, we have noticed he is box walking round in circles. At first we thought it was just the mare being...
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    Stalking behaviour

    One of our TB broodmares (aged 11) is turned out with a 2 year old TB filly and is showing unpleasant signs of stalking her. She follows her round the field, appearing to round her up, prevents her from drinking from the trough and there are bites along her back. Haven’t come across this...
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    Itchy Skinned yearling

    We have an 11 month old filly foal (TB) who has an itchy skin, especially tail area. This started during the winter months and although we could never find any, we washed her twice for lice (vet supplied)which has made no difference and she has been regularly wormed. I have noticed she is slow...
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    Broodmare behaviour

    We have a 16 year old Thoroughbred broodmare who has always been a bit alpha female, but last year 4 trips to the stallion failed to get her in foal. When she came home she was irritable and started to kick holes in the stable and field shelter walls, as well as the occasional field companion...
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    Weanling behaviour

    We have a homebred 7 month old TB filly, who has been perfectly sweet and trouble free until now. She was weaned a month ago and although she was getting a bit big for her boots just before weaning, having the confidence of her mother to fall back on, she quickly fell back into her easy to...
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    Squealing and kicking behaviour

    I have a broodmare who has always demonstrated random squealing and kicking with her hind legs. She has punched holes in the walls of field shelters and stables, kicked field companions for no apparent reason and can be a general liability. She is not a bad tempered mare and these ‘knee-jerk’...
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    Paralysed Face

    I posted a message last summer about my mare who returned from stud with a partially paralysed face - no explanations given but as her normally kind and gentle manner had been replaced by aggression, I was in no doubt that she had been severely traumatised. Although my vet was telling me that if...
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    Insurers exclusion

    I am in the process of insuring a competition horse and have submitted a valid full veterinary report, complete with x-rays. The insurance company are now saying they will not cover him for injury to his front legs apart from bleeding as in their opinion, there is ‘re-modelling on the navicular...
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    Allergy to midges

    I have a 5 year old black mare, who is unable to cope with flies and midges. At this time of year, a little warm weather brings out the midges and she will disappear into her field shelter. She is rugged, but still manages to kick at her belly to the extent that she eventually breaks the belly...
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    Partial facial nerve paralysis

    Has anyone heard of the claim that levo-thyroxine combined with Vit E can aid the repair of facial nerve damage.
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    Partial face paralysis

    My mare has just returned from 5 weeks at a stud farm with a partially paralysed face - of course nobody there knows anything about it. Her tongue is askew, she has limited use of her lips for eating and the area under her jaw is inflamed. My vet has looked at it and said it is nerve damage...
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    Laminitis problems

    We had thought out 12 year old shetland had laminitis, but blood tests showed that he has diabetes. He's been on Metformin and Vitex Equids, plus vit C to help absorbtion. He is out in a bald paddock during the day, but has access to hay and is stabled at night, again with just hay. His...
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    Intermittent laminitis symptons

    I have a Shetland who lives out all the year round (ie no restricted grass intake) with our Welsh Cob, who needs to watch her waistline, so always in well grazed fields. He can live like this all through Spring, Summer and Autumn but the problems start in Winter, when he stiffens up and has...
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    Rhodococcus infection in foal

    I wonder if anyone has experience of raising a foal post-rhodococcus infection. I have a 4.5 month old colt who developed the infection at the age of 2-3 weeks and I understand that this infection develops at the time of birth through the umbilical cord. As we caught it early, our foal...
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    I have found a can of Kopertox in the back of my tack room cupboard - used about 10 years ago for a case of ringworm. I have no idea if it is still usable but, given the recent publicity of the healing powers of copper, I was wondering if it would be an effective treatment for mud fever as they...
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    foals and wet weather

    Can anyone tell me how much wet weather a newborn foal can take ? It's raining lots where we are and I understand that young foals are not waterproof. I seem to spend my life bringing them in and putting them back out again when there is a glimmer of sun !
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    Flat feet

    Does anyone know a good home remedy to help a pony with flat feet ? My shetland has suffered from laminitis in the past, but is relatively free of it now, very fit and full of bounce. However, whenever the ground gets hard - difficult to imagine in this country at the moment - his front feet...
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    Bruised soles

    Can anyone offer any suggestions for my shetland's front feet. I'm sure doesn't have laminitis because he's very zippy on soft ground, but he has been in a field with hard, bumpy ground and is a little footy. I have tried DIY bonding glues and just ended up with more on me that on him - very...
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    Bruised soles

    Can anyone offer advise on my shetland's feet. I am pretty sure he doesn't have laminitis but he has been in a field with hard, bumpy ground and I think he has bruised soles as he has rather flat feet. I have tried DIY plastic bonding and ended up with more on me than on him - very expensive...