Treating & preventing scratches/mud fever/greasy heel

Regardless of the name it goes by, infections of Dermatophilus congolensis and Staphylococcus spp suck. These are the bacteria that invade the horse’s heels and pasterns when the skin is chapped and abraded in cold, wet, muddy conditions. Mud fever first displays as a small red ulceration of the skin near the pastern. The lesions then grow into a thick scab…

3 common spring-training injuries

The forecast has stopped making you shudder, and horses are shedding hair like it’s going out of fashion. It’s the perfect time of year to bring your horse back into regular exercise. Don’t let lameness dampen your fun. Here are three common injuries associated with spring training and tips on how to prevent and treat…

Treating anaphylactic reactions

Last Sunday, Feb. 2, I went out to ride and saw that my horse’s left hock had swollen to nearly twice its normal size. I brought Moe inside, picked the ice out of his hooves and asked a trusted friend and horsewoman to take a look. She found a lot of heat in the hock…

Starting the season on a high note

My Thoroughbred hunter and I were in beautiful Birds Hill Park this past weekend for a horse show. The weather in Winnipeg was miserable, but in the park, the rain held off during my ride times and the footing on course remained safe. The show grounds in the park are owned and managed by our…