Managing annoying flies is a constant battle, even with all of the sprays, salves and “protectors” out there on the market. The problem of fly bites is exacerbated tenfold when the horse has insect allergies, which results in itchiness, hair loss, hives and even open wounds. Sharon Jantzen explores a solution to managing our horse’s fly bites.
Left untreated, thrush can lead to more serious issues, such as hoof abscesses, white-line disease and frog decay. As the bacteria and fungus get deeper into the hoof, they wreak havoc on what is actually quite a fragile part of the horse’s body. It has been said by many a veterinarian, farrier and knowledgeable horseman, “No hoof, no horse”, and that’s the truth. Sharon Jantzen takes a look at how to stop thrush in its tracks.
Yes it’s fly season and there are some new fly mask features to help keep your horse’s face fly-free. Sharon Jantzen gets input from Alisha at Riding Warehouse for the latest on fly masks.
“Scratches” can be a persistent condition treated with traditionally “goopy” topical ointments. Now there is a better “non-goopy” option that is anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory all in one all-natural product. Sharon Jantzen shares the secret to clearing up “scratches”.
With so many horse care products on the market, we can get overwhelmed with decisions. Sarah Williams shares with us her top five horse care essentials. What are yours?