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Dr Susanna Ballinger and Dr Eleanor Kigozi undertaking a gastroscopy
Ballinger Equine is holding an autumn gastroscopy clinic for horse and pony owners who wish to establish whether their animals are suffering with gastric ulceration. The clinic offers a special discounted rate to those participating. Winter is almost upon us, the mornings are already icy and pasture is deteriorating. Turnout typically diminishes with the winter...
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Horses and ponies are flight animals and naturally tend to run from fire
It is the time of year again when bonfires are set alight and pyrotechnics are launched into the night sky. Whilst many people enjoy organised displays and back garden sparklers accompanied by hotdogs, burgers and smoky corn-on-the-cob, our horses and ponies find the evening’s proceedings worrying and often terrifying. Horses and ponies run from fire...
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Sycamore seedlings cause Atypical Myopathy when ingested by horses.
Atypical myopathy (sycamore poisoning or seasonal pasture myopathy) is a disease caused by the ingestion of sycamore seeds (‘helicopters’), seedlings or leaves and is often fatal. During autumn the seeds fall onto pasture and the subsequent green seedlings appear in Spring. Sycamore poisoning can be fatal Hypoglycin A (HGA) toxin found within the seeds and...
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Cooling your horse in a heatwave.
We are experiencing record temperatures this summer. It is essential to know how to recognise the early signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion in your horse or pony as, just like their human owners, horses are much healthier in cool shade than being out, unprotected in full sun. Taking care of horses in a...
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Equine Influenza vaccine
In February this year we reported on the confirmed outbreaks of equine influenza across Europe, and in particular an outbreak of equine influenza (EI) in Essex. We are now aware of new, current cases of EI in our practice area and wish to again alert horse-owners and yard managers of the disease and the risk...
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Ragwort must not be left to flourish in neighbouring fields
Most horse owners recognise the bright yellow flowers of the common ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) and know that it is toxic to horses and ponies. The weed is prolific and self-seeding so it is essential to remove all traces of it from pasture and neighbouring fields to help stop it spreading. Act before the flowers appear...
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The current prolonged hot, sunny summer makes a welcome change for most of us. Of course, the dry heat does bring challenges for horses, ponies and their owners and one of these is managing sweet-itch. The summer heat has brought out midges in abundance resulting in those horses, ponies and donkeys who are susceptible to...
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radiograph of equine foot clearly showing pedal bone
Summer has now arrived and with the recent heavy rain, warmth and sunshine, grass in paddocks is rich and continuing to grow rapidly. For our animals this is irresistible and they love the lush grazing. Be aware though, the sudden gift of sugary grass, be it long or short, is not suitable for all horses...
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Caring for your horse in winter
The cold wintery weather is now well and truly with us and likely to remain for several months. This week we’ve experienced the usual unpredictable mix of snow, sleet, rain, harsh winds and cold, dank days. And mud is part of daily life for horses and horse owners alike. Horses can happily live outside all year...
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Ballinger Equine Calm Assist
Yes, it’s that time of year again, when grown adults enjoy playing with fire and explosives. The rich history and tradition behind Guy Fawkes night remains largely unappreciated by our horses and ponies, who probably view the whole enterprise as a bore at best and possibly rather alarming. Horses and ponies probably don’t appreciate the...
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