By Melanie Taylor, Navneet Dhand, Jenny-Ann Toribio, Anke Wiethoelter, Nicole Schembri, Kate Sawford, Nina Kung, Hume Field, Barbara Moloney, and Therese Wright
Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, March 2016
RIRDC Publication No 16/002 RIRDC Project No PRJ-008198
by Dr Nerida Richards. Prydes. "Equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) is a major equine health problem worldwide. Some studies have reported an incidence of ulcers in performance horses in excess of 90% of horses training. A more recent study conducted in Western Australia found 53% of horses had ulcers..."
The Australian Horse Welfare and Well-being Toolkit will help organisations who wish to
continuously improve their approach to horse welfare through the appointment of volunteer Horse Welfare Officers.
Areas of emphasis for body condition scoring: thickening of the neck, fat covering the withers, fat deposits along backbone, fat deposits on flanks, fat deposits on inner thighs, fat deposits around tail head, fat deposits behind shoulders, fat covering ribs, shoulder blends into neck - provided by Kentucky Equine Research.
The new Code includes minimum recommended standards on general care and husbandry practices including provision of feed, water, exercise, hoof care, fencing and stabling, as well as agistment, identification and dentistry.
This Code is not mandatory, and is created under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986. However compliance with the code does provide a defence to an offence under the Act and it is highly recommended that these standards are met (or bettered) in order to protect the welfare of your horse.
For questions about the Code contact the Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or email email@example.com
Body condition (fatness) is the most reliable indicator of the suitability of a horse's diet.
Accurate estimation of a horse's bodyweight is an art that requires a lot of experience. Weight estimation is necessary for assessing feed requirements and for determining the correct dosage of worm treatments and other drugs....
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The summer months in Southern Australia are normally hot and dry, and in these states the hot weather, as well as in some northern areas where the tropical heat and high humidity combine, the ambient heat in the air can reduce the ability of a horse to lose heat absorbed when out in the paddock grazing, in stables overnight, as well as during and after training exercise.
This Agriculture Note describes the common horse ailment know as founder, a painful disease affecting the horseâ€™s feet. The damage may be so severe that the horse may be permanently lame or require euthanasia. With good management most cases can be prevented. The condition is particularly prevalent in ponies on lush pasture.