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Members of the Ballinger Equine team at the Puckeridge Hunt Western Pony Club Novice Open One-Day-Event at Bramfield on Sunday, 5 September 2021. Sharni Heaps, Ballinger Equine's practice administrator, pictured far right, achieved a third place podium finish in her class with her own Lyndhurst Romeo (Hugo).
Members of the Ballinger Equine team were out in force at today’s Puckeridge Hunt Western Pony Club Open Novice One Day Event at Bramfield in Hertfordshire. Pictured above are (from left to right) veterinary surgeons Dr Eleanor Kigozi and Dr Sophie Sutton, Lyndhurst Romeo (aka Hugo), practice veterinary technician Kate Harley and practice administrator Sharni...
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International showjumper Dani Stapleton is new Ballinger Equine Ambassador
We are proud to announce that showjumper Dani Stapleton has joined Ballinger Equine’s line up of Ambassadors and has won in competition at Keysoe on her first outing wearing the Ballinger Equine brand. A fabulous first outing as Ballinger Equine ambassador Dani Stapleton has won on her own Fire II (Frenchie) in competition at Keysoe...
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Isolation of infected horses and rigorously enforced bio-security is essential to the effective management of strangles
Taking measures to prevent, or minimise the spread of, disease is an animal health and welfare priority. Invariably the costs and disruption of planned preventative measures are significantly less than those associated with treating the disease once it takes hold. The clinical signs of strangles and how it spreads are detailed in All About Strangles...
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Strangles in horses. Taking nasal swabs for PCR testing for Streptococcus equi equi infection
Strangles is caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus equi. subspecies equi. It is a common, highly contagious infection of a horse’s upper respiratory tract. Strangles can cause large abscesses to form, make swallowing difficult, restricting breathing and is both painful and distressing for the infected horse or pony. Whilst the disease often causes considerable suffering...
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Ballinger Equine is recruiting a new or recently qualified veterinary surgeon
Ballinger Equine’s reputation for clinical excellence and outstanding client service is well established. With a steadily increasing client base and extended area of operation, our multi-award-winning practice seeks a fifth veterinary surgeon to join the friendly, busy clinical team. Terrific career opportunity with a dynamic, friendly and supportive team Ballinger Equine continues to enjoy steady growth and...
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Ragwort is highly toxic to horses and ponies and should be dug up and removed from grazing pasture.
The abundant bright yellow flowers of the common ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) seem to be everywhere at the moment – certainly in Hertfordshire ragwort seems to be flourishing to a markedly greater extent than in recent years. Ragwort is toxic to horses and ponies and must be removed from pasture as a matter of priority. Ideally...
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Ballinger Equine's Senior Practice Administrator, Laura Perry
Laura Perry has joined Ballinger Equine as Senior Practice Administrator and will take over the leadership of the increasingly busy administrative office. Amongst Laura’s priorities is the efficient scheduling of the clinical team’s visits throughout the service area which encompasses Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Epping Forest and North London. Investing in efficient, professional management to...
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Ballinger Equine's veterinary surgeons conducted the veterinary health checks at the Luffenhall Ride for Life, as required in Endurance GB regulations
A sunny, breezy, occasionally showery summer Sunday proved perfect for today’s (4 July 2021) inaugural Luffenhall Ride for Life Endurance GB event. Ballinger Equine sponsored the local grassroots endurance pleasure ride and undertook Official Veterinarian duties, ensuring veterinary health checks for all competing horses and ponies, as required by the sport’s governing body, Endurance GB....
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Ballinger Equine Practice Administrator, Sharni Heaps competing with Hugo at the PWPC Eventer Trials Open ODE at Bramfield, May 2021. Image copyright Catch it Quick Photography.
Bio-security – a term often associated with sci-fi movies, mysterious government laboratories, scientists in yellow protective suits and more recently, COVID-19. In reality these associations are anything but fictitious, with bio-security being something all of us should be thinking about daily. Increasing national herd density and movement raises likelihood of disease transmission Over time, an...
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Ballinger Equine's Practice Administrator Sharni Heaps with her pony Hugo, whippet puppy Snoopy and colleague Kate Harley at the PWPC One Day Eventer Trial at Bramfield. Sharni and Hugo won third place in their class.
Ballinger Equine Practice Administrator Sharni Heaps competed with her pony Hugo at Sunday’s Puckeridge Western Pony Club, Open One Day Eventer Trial in their first outing of the season. Supported by colleague Kate Harley and her new whippet puppy Snoopy, Sharni and Hugo pulled off a podium finish with third place in their class. Last...
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