Tag Archives: horses

Calling all animal charity supporters!

15 Aug

Thank you to all of you who have completed my animal charity dissertation survey so far. I greatly appreciate your help! I still need a few more responses though so if anyone else currently supports an animal charity (either by donating or volunteering) please could you take just a few minutes to fill it in? You’ll be doing me a huge favour!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P65WWMF

I’m super busy at the moment but I promise I’ll be back with lots more exciting animal posts in the very near future!

Thanks again!

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Keep your horse healthy and happy during hot weather

17 Jul

Hot days over the summer months can affect any animal and it can be hard work for owners to keep their animals happy and healthy. Today it’s all about horses and I want to share this really helpful link from horse channel.com. It suggests ten common sense ways to look after horses in hot weather.

Tips include being aware of the symptoms of heat exhaustion, scheduling rides at the coolest time of day and keeping insects at bay with repellent spray. It’s well worth a read for anyone with an interest in horses: http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-news/2011/05/28/horses-in-hot-weather.aspx

Whatever you do, take care in the sun!

Meet Muffin- a very tiny pony!

11 Jul

Monmouthshire Horse Hospital in Wales is celebrating its smallest pony ever- little Muffin! At just 18 inches tall, Muffins has attracted quite a lot of attention all over the UK.

Muffin’s mother, Belle, is a miniature Shetland pony who was rescued after being abandoned in a farmer’s field. Both Belle and Muffin are doing very well and loving their new-found fame!

Check out this gorgeous picture of the two right here: http://www.itv.com/news/wales/update/2013-07-10/muffin-the-pony-smallest-ever-born-at-horse-hospital/

Rescued foal arrives at Redwings

27 Apr

Redwings Horse Sanctuary in Norfolk received a very cute new arrival this week. A tiny foal was rescued from the River Lea in Essex with help from the RSPCA and the London Fire Brigade. He had to be treated for hypothermia and was shaking so much with cold that he was given the name ‘Shaking Stephen’. He was taken to Redwings to be hand-reared after failing to take to a surrogate mother at a veterinary surgery.

It is sad that such a cute little creature was left to fend for himself, but he is very lucky to have been rescued by such a great team. I’m sure he’ll receive all the care and attention he needs at Redwings to grow into a strong young horse!

Take a look at Redwing’s website to read more about Shaking Stephen and see some super cute photos of his arrival: http://www.redwings.org.uk/news-riverrescue.php

‘Fat Horse Slim’

27 Mar

Some of my recent posts have looked at pet obesity, mainly in domestic pets such as dogs, cats and rabbits. However I’ve just come across the ‘Fat Horse Slim’ project from the Blue Cross so today it’s all about overweight horses!

The project deals with the fact that many owners aren’t actually sure whether or not their horse is a healthy weight. In some cases there may be an obvious weight problem, but it is not uncommon for owners to be unclear when it comes to measurements. The ideal weight for a horse obviously depends on a number of factors such as breed, height and age, so there is no clear cut figure to apply to all horses.

This is where the ‘Fat Horse Slim’ guide comes in. It helps owners to assess their horse via ‘body scoring’, which is an accurate weighing method  suitable for any type of horse. This will help you to identify whether your horse is a healthy weight, overweight or obese.

It’s really important to keep your horse at a healthy weight to avoid health problems and this is a simple way to do it! Check out the guide here: http://www.bluecross.org.uk/80161/fat-horse-slim.html

(Always remember to consult a vet if you have any questions about your horse’s health or well-being.)

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Think someone needs a haircut…

9 Mar

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Do YOU know about Strangles?

16 Feb

Redwings horse sanctuary in Norwich has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of Strangles-the world’s most commonly diagnosed equine infectious disease.

The charity is encouraging anyone involved with horses to be aware of the disease by releasing an information pack called ‘Strangles: Speak Out!” The pack contains information about how to minimise the risk of disease and how to successfully quaratine infected horses.

The pack is free and could save many horses’ lives so if you are involved with horses in any way or know someone who is, please request one from Redwings using the following link: http://www.redwings.org.uk/news-stranglespack.php