As beautiful as autumn-time can be, the recent colder weather can also bring with it a number of seasonal health risks that could affect your horse. So we spoke to local vet, Lily Witchell from Rowe Equine in Wotton-under-Edge. Here’s what she had to say:
“The changes that we see through the autumn months can lead to a variety of conditions that horse owners need to be aware of. Changes in feeding and activity levels can lead to colic, and too much exposure to wet ground can leave legs vulnerable to mud fever.
“Worming treatments are also important at this time of year, and Atypical Myopathy is a potentially fatal condition linked to the ingestion of sycamore seeds.
“Please read my more detailed comments on each of these conditions below, which I hope will help you know how to prevent some of these things happening to your horse, or recognise the symptoms should your horse become ill. If in doubt, always call your vet for advice.”
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