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Sweet Itch in the National Equine Health Survey (NEHS)

Jo Thompson

The Blue Cross has published it's National Equine Health Survey (NEHS) and there are some fascinating statistics. Sweet itch was one of The Top Five disease syndromes recorded, Skin diseases were commonly reported (25.5% of all syndromes) with sweet itch and mud fever accounting for 53% of all skin disease (13.6% of all syndromes). Sweet itch and mud fever each accounted for 6.8% of all returns, making them as prevalent as laminitis and more common than the individual internal medical and respiratory syndromes reported. Here's the link to the full report; 2016https://www.bluecross.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/NEHS%20results%202016%2022%20Sept%202016.pdf 

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A great weekend of learning

Jo Thompson

Well it's the hardest time of year to achieve much with the horses with every one of the last few weekends being a wash out and only having about 40 minutes of daylight in the weekday mornings.  Teller has been off for nearly eight weeks with a hoof abscess  so I have been concentrating on Sailor's education. Working with him every day has really made him grow up fast and he has even been calmer out hacker whether alone or with a companion.  Yesterday I had the opportunity to have a photographic session which didn't start well as the shoot had just...

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Top Tips for Managing Summer Itching (SI)

Jo Thompson

Top Tips for Managing Summer Itching (SI)

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Enid - Case Study

Jo Thompson

I have worked with Candy and her horse Enid on a number of occasions and we have since become good friends. The following is a wonderfully written review by Candy about our first session. “Enid sometimes loaded, sometimes didn’t and today was obviously not going to be a good day I could guess by the mutinous look on her face that yet again, we were going to spend four to eight hours standing on the ramp arguing about how we are going to get there, until there wasn’t a lot of point in going in the first place. Two hours...

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Case Study - Di

Jo Thompson

I went to meet a lovely horse called Di, owned by Karen in April 2008. Karen has had Di for a number of years and has achieved a great deal, overcoming numerous issues along the way. We were limited on time and so we had a general session working with Di loose in the school. I also did some work on a halter and discussed with Karen the way she interacts with Di. It became apparent that Di had a bit of a reputation on the yard for being aggressive. I did not find her aggressive when loose schooling her...

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