MYTH BUSTER

Get the facts about your horse's health straight from the horse's mouth.

  • mare and foal, breeding

    Myth - Putting a mare in foal will stop her getting laminitis

    Putting a mare in foal may actually increase the chance of laminitis

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  • horse stable

    Myth – Horses should be stabled in bad weather

    Horses are social creatures and prefer living in groups at pasture, even in poor weather.

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  • dental exam

    Myth - A horse’s teeth will wear down naturally so only need to be examined if it is having trouble eating

    Regular dental care is essential to our horses’ wellbeing, to prevent disease and to ensure they are comfortable when ridden.

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  • dental exam

    Myth - A dental examination can be performed without a gag

    The only way to effectively and safely examine and rasp a horses teeth is with the use of a gag.

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  • horse saddle

    Myth - 30 minutes exercise a day is considered hard work

    Assessing how much work your horse is doing can be tricky and the intensity is as important as the duration.  

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  • horse in stable

    Myth – the best way for a horse to lose weight is to starve it

    Horses need a constant flow of fibre through their digestive system in order to stay healthy and therefore no equine should be starved

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  • herd of horses

    Myth – my horse’s vaccination status makes no difference to any other horse

    Vaccinating an individual horse will help prevent infectious disease throughout the population due to increasing herd immunity.

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  • horse vaccination

    Myth – horses that don’t leave the yard don’t need to be vaccinated

    Tetanus is a threat to all horses and a horse doesn’t need to leave its field to be at risk.

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  • worming horse

    Myth - Horses must be wormed every 4-6 weeks

    The best way to control your horse’s worm burden it is to monitor it through repeated faecal worm egg counts

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  • faecal sample

    Myth – If a faecal egg count is clear there is no need to use a wormer

    Faecal egg counts will only help monitor certain types of adult worms.

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  • picking up feet

    Myth – It is better to not pick out a horse’s feet during wet, muddy conditions as the mud that is already in the hoof keeps the foot dry

    A horse’s hoof is a living structure that requires daily care to stay healthy.

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  • foal

    Myth - hot and cold-blooded breeds have different body temperatures

    The terms hot-, cold- and warm-blood refer to the temperament as well as the workload horses are best suited to, not their actual blood temperature.

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  • foal lying down

    Myth - horses always sleep standing up

    While horses do snooze while standing, they do also sleep while lying down.

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  • Myth - A horse only needs to be vaccinated for influenza if it competes

    Even if you don’t go out competing with your horse, don’t think it couldn’t happen to you.

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Great British Horses

  • Great British Horse
    Milton

    Milton

    Milton was a showjumper ridden by John Whitaker.  He was the first horse outside the world of racing to win more than £1 million in prize money.  He won medals for the British team at the European and World championships and jumped 7 consecutive double clears in Nations Cup.  He retired to the Whitakers’ farm and died in 1998. 

  • Great British Horse
    Stroller

    Stroller

    Stroller was the only pony, standing at 14.1 hands, to compete at the Olympics in show Jumping.  He was part of the British team competing in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico, ridden by Marion Coakes and won an individual silver medal.  The pair also won the Hickstead Derby and he is the only pony to have ever won this event.  He died in 1986 at the age of 36.

  • Great British Horse
    Red Rum

    Red Rum

    Red Rum was a champion racehorse winning the Grand National a record 3 times in 1973, 1974 and 1977 and coming second in the intervening years.  He was owned by Noel le Mare and trained by Donald “Ginger” McCain in Southport.   He died in 1995, aged 30 and is buried at the winning post at Aintree Racecourse.

  • Great British Horse
    Copenhagen

    Copenhagen

    Copenhagen was the Duke of Wellington’s war horse which he rode at the Battle of Waterloo.  He was born in 1808 and raced in England before being sold to the Duke of Wellington as a 5 year old.  Copenhagen was ridden in a number of battles and carried Wellington for 17 hours continuously during the Battle of Waterloo.  He died in 1836 at the age of 28 and was buried with full military honours.  

  • Great British Horse
    Sefton

    Sefton

    Sefton was a British Army horse serving from 1967 to 1984.  He was seriously injured in the Hyde Park bombing in 1982 which killed 7 other military horses, but made a sufficient recovery to return to active service.  He was awarded ‘Horse of the Year’ in 1982.  Sefton’s last ceremonial outing was at The Queen’s Birthday Parade in June 1984 and he was then retired.

Our top tips for helping your horse remain happy & healthy

Check your horses temperature
Make sure you know your horse’s normal temperature, heart rate and respiration rate, so you will be able to identify any problems early
 

Vaccinations
Make sure your horse’s vaccinations are up to date. Remember your horse doesn’t need to leave its field to be at risk of infectious disease
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Worming routine
A targeted worming programme will allow parasites to be kept at bay whilst minimising resistance to wormers.
 

Dental checks
Routine dental checks will allow any potential problems to be identified early and appropriate treatment started before a major issue occurs.

 

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