It's not just the owners coughing and sneezing and feeling rotten at this time of year! As we prepare to stable our horses more over this winter it is more common to hear that dreaded horse cough from our equine friends as they spend more time indoors.
The causes of winter coughs tend to be either environmental or an infection. Environmental causes include dust, mould or spores from hay or bedding, which get into the lungs and cause inflammation in the airways. Although herbs should never be used as an alternative to any veterinary medication a horse might need, they can certainly help in the treatment of many conditions and especially during the recovery process. Pro-Equine offers two supplements to help reduce the frequency and intensity of coughing. Airway and Pro-Breathe. Both FEI approved, herbal extracts soothe the airways and relax bronchial spasms. Selected herbs also fight viruses that cause respiratory illnesses.
Yes, we are talking about that greeny, browny peanut smelling oil that has a mind of it's own, changes colour and consistency depending on how warm or cold! Don't let that put you off, the history of Neem oil use goes back to ancient times and its medicinal properties are glorified in India for over 4000 years. In Sanskrit, the word for Neem is ‘nimba’ which also means ‘Good Health and good health is exactly what your horse, pet and not forgetting yourself will achieve when you start using this amazing oil.
Neem oil is a type of vegetable oil extracted from the fruits of the evergreen neem tree predominantly found in India and increasingly being recognised as the most valuable tree on Earth. The Neem tree is not only beautiful to look at, providing grandeur and serenity, but also serves as a refugia to many beneficial organisms, bats, birds, honey bees, spiders, etc. Honey-combs established on the neem tree are singularly free from the galleria wax moth infestation. Many species of birds and fruit-eating bats subsist on the sweet flesh of ripe fruits, while certain rodents selectively feed on the kernel, confirming neem’s safety to warm-blooded animals.
Apologies for not blogging recently but I’ve been away a lot over the past 2 months. During that time, I’ve been lucky to attend not one, not two, but three championships! The first was the Scottish Championships at Rockrose Equestrian in East Lothian. Thomas was stabled there for a couple of days and whilst I normally take Pro-Equine Colikare with me when travelling, this time I forgot it. Thomas seemed a little unsettled but thankfully Pro-Equine Director, Catherine Stott, was also there and was able to offer some Ulsa-soothe. This seemed to do the trick and he was much happier.
At the end of September I made the 9-1/2 hour trip down to Vale View in Leicester for the BD Native Breeds Championships. This time I remembered the Colikare and although Thomas was stabled for 5 days on haylage which he doesn’t normally get, he showed no signs of any stomach issues. I, on the other hand, needed to reach for my first aid kit which thankfully contained some Pro-Equine arnica gel as my friend’s horse not only stood on me whilst trying to load him but slid his shod foot right down the side of mine! The arnica limited the swelling and bruising which meant I was able to get my foot into my boot and compete. Whilst there, another competitor arrived and their horse had fallen in the lorry and scraped its side. I offered her some Wonder Gel to help aid the sore bits which she was grateful for. It was very mild down there and we sat outside most evenings eating and drinking and fighting off the midges until I took out my bottle of Midge-Los spray which everyone helped themselves to. Midges no more!
Arnie is a 12 year old Gelderlander and I am a 30 something dressage rider and full time Pharmacy Technician! We have been very lucky in that Pro Equine have agreed to support us on our journey to Grand Prix and ultimately representing GB at a CDI.
Our Journey so far has been amazing, stressful, challenging but so exciting. Arnie came into my life when he was four and he was awful! He was terrified of everything! Our first two years I honestly didn’t really know what to do with him but we persevered and despite falling off in a prelim dressage test (in walk!!) we started to build our relationship and develop something quite special. Eight years on and he is competing at Inter1 and we are aiming for our first Inter2 and possibly a Grand Prix by the end of the year. He is a quirky character as well as being very difficult to feed. He has a very sensitive stomach and is affected by any changes in the grass and hay. I love him to go out during the day in the winter and then in summer he goes out at night; however you always know when the grass is coming through as his cheeks swell looking just like a hamster dose with cheeks full of food; plus you can’t catch him! This then makes him very uncomfortable to ride as his stomach is so gassy and he won’t ‘let go’ when I start to work him.
I was talking to a friend a while ago who recommended we try Pro Equines Colikare as it may help settle Arnie’s stomach and make him feel more comfortable. Well, we have been using it for a few weeks now and in this time Arnie has also switched to another field with a lot more grass in it and he is so much more comfortable meaning he is more settled when we start working. I have been feeding Colikare daily as I know how sensitive he is and he can become colicky when he moves fields but he has coped much better and I really feel this has helped him.
Arnie has a busy autumn coming up with the PetPlan Festival finals at PSG and Inter1 and the small tour championship qualifier so I will keep you all updated on how we get on and how Pro Equines Colikare is working over the coming months!
Louisa and Arnie x
Hi, I'm Jane and I'm Pro-Equine's new blogger! When I was first asked if I would like to blog for Pro-Equine, I immediately said Yes as I use so many of their products, and then realised I had no idea how to blog! Hopefully, with your help we can make this a success. My plan is to make this both informative and interactive, so I would like to hear from you about what you want to read about. Are you interested in specific products, how we develop them, how we choose the ingredients for their healing properties? Let me know and I’ll be happy to help!
To kick things off I will be speaking to each of Pro-Equine’s sponsored riders to find out what their favourite product is and why. I will also speak to the brains behind Pro-Equine to give you an insight into how the company started and what drives them to continue to deliver quality, 100% natural products for your four-legged friends, be they equine or canine. Did you know that the majority of the products can also be used on yourself?! Personally, I have used the arnica, tea tree and Itch-eze gels. But more on that at a later date!
We're delighted to share news from our sponsored dressage rider, Carmen Gammie. Carmen writes:
"After receiving the news that Leya and I had been selected to compete at Hickstead CDI as part of Team GB, we made the decision to head to my trainer, Paul Hayler, for a week of training before we compete. We are currently at the Hayler's yard in Chelmsford with both Bubbles and Leya. Bubbles has come for a training trip in preparation for the Regionals, and
is thoroughly enjoying being away from home again. Both horses are feeling on top form despite the hot weather! Pro-Stamina is helping them to recover quickly and perform well in training sessions, and the Coolwash has proved invaluable in cooling the horses down after working when they're extra sweaty in the heat."
The trade stand season is upon us and the Pro-Equine caravan is about to have a power shower - under the watchful eye of Rogan, one of Pro-Equine Director Catherine's three springer spaniels!
The Pro-Equine lorry was at Forgandenny in Perthshire last weekend, it will be heading back to Perthshire, along with the caravan for the Blair International Horse Trials from 24th to 27th August. If you're visiting Blair this year, the Pro-Equine stand will be in its usual place by the Banvie Arena. Come and grab yourself a bargain - lots of special show offers!
The weather is changing and with it comes the endless mud and the topic of mud fever returns. What works best? Should I apply barrier cream or wash and scrub, take in or leave out? It's one of the simplest conditions to diagnose, but actually one of the most difficult to manage, so what can be done? Mud fever occurs especially in warm, wet weather, and is associated with a number of causes. It is certainly not limited to horses that are paddling knee deep in mud!
Mud Fever is a skin infection, caused by a variety of different bacteria and fungi. Typical signs include scabbing, pain, swellings, discharge and ulcerated areas in the skin. More severe cases can progress to lameness and lower limb swellings. The importance of regular inspection of the horse’s legs to catch the condition early cannot be stressed enough, and as always, prevention is much better than cure.
I recall many moons ago as a student watching a livery paste handfuls of sticky honey onto her horse's slow-healing leg injury. It was the first time I had seen proud flesh, it was rank - and I also thought the owner was mad! It didn't take long before the transformation was complete and I bought my first jar of Manuka honey for my tack box!
Pro-Equine sponsored rider Karon Carson won the Pro-Equine Achievement in Eventing Award 2016 at the Scottish Equestrian Awards held in Aberdeen on Saturday 11th February.
Pro-Equine were delighted to be involved with the Scottish Equestrian Awards and chose to sponsor the Eventing Award. Karon and her fabulous piebald horse, Finding Nico, were worthy winners of the award. Karon and Nico, aka Mr Awesome Pants, made history in 2016 by becoming Scottish BE100 Champions a year after being Scottish BE90 Champions. In May 2016 the combination also competed at Badminton and came 4th in the Mitsubishi Motors BE90 competition and won the Kick On Award.
This is a bad time of year for any horse, or human, that suffers from stiffness or sore joints. Our agent, Fiona, has an 18-year old mare who was on very high levels of Turmeric on a daily basis. Fiona put the mare on Activgait and saw the difference in days. Fiona says: "Amazing stuff!! I have completely cut out the turmeric and feed Activgait at the recommended dose. My mare now shows no sign of stiffness and no longer has the gassy stomach which was a result of the turmeric. It's also so much cheaper than turmeric and so much more convenient to administer."
Activgait is designed to soothe joint pain and support the maintenance of cartilage and ligaments. As with all Pro-Equine products, it's fast-acting and contains no banned substances.
We were delighted to hear from another happy customer recently. SH got in touch about how Neem Oil had had amazing results with her Shetland pony.
"Having recently got a rescued Shetland with very poor skin condition due to sweet-itch, I contacted the Pro-Equine team to discuss using neem oil. What an amazing product! He was totally covered in scabs along his spine. I rubbed this in alternate days for a couple of weeks and he is scab free and not at all itchy. His coat has grown back. Will continue to use this as an insect repellent. Great value for money as a little goes a long way. Thanks, SH."