The Epona Trust

The official website for The Epona trust registered charity working for ponies and horses

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The information on this page is  from our experiences and veterinary dictionary's 

 This is a guide to help the horse owner find information on various medical problems. If you have any medical problem with your pet, please contact your vet or call us for consultation with one of our vets.  For more info google vital signs in horses.

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Atypical Myopathy (AM) is still a poorly understood condition. There are reports of it 
having been recognised as early as the late 1930s with occasional sporadic cases since 
then. In recent years there has been an increasing incidence of AM in northern
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We are now working with the second donkey with sarcoids on the sheath the first I am pleased to say is still clear after a year. 
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Obesity 
Overeating on foods rich in carbohydrate or rapidly fermentable fibre i.e. cereals, coarse mixes, rapidly growing or fertilised grass 
Any illness which involves a toxaemia. This may be a bacterial infection or following the ingestion of plant or
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Many farriers seem to believe that raising the heels will help laminitic horses by reducing the pull on the deep flexor tendon on the coffin bone. This is a must for everyone who has been involved with rescue ponies 
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Atypical Myopathy (AM) is still a poorly understood condition. There are reports of it 
having been recognised as early as the late 1930s with occasional sporadic cases since 
then. In recent years there has been an increasing incidence of AM in northern
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http://www.frameswiftandpartners.co.uk/newsletters/atypical_myopathy.pdf
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We are now working with the second donkey with sarcoids on the sheath the first I am pleased to say is still clear after a year. 
This website is intended for horse owners so that a greater understanding of some of the difficulties associated with sarc
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Obesity 
Overeating on foods rich in carbohydrate or rapidly fermentable fibre i.e. cereals, coarse mixes, rapidly growing or fertilised grass 
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http://www.laminitis.org
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Many farriers seem to believe that raising the heels will help laminitic horses by reducing the pull on the deep flexor tendon on the coffin bone. This is a must for everyone who has been involved with rescue ponies 
This shows the damage and repair of se

Laminitis

 

A very common problem in ponies. The potentially Laminitic pony spends most of the day eating and it is essential to restrict its grazing. This is a very serious disease in  ponies and overweight horses and can result in loosing the animal.

signs to look for

sensitivity in one or more of the feet, the hoof usually becomes warm to the touch and the pony  becomes reluctant to move. Veterinary advice and restricted grazing are essential. 

We have found by keeping the laminitic ponies in large groups, and putting youngsters in the same field the ponies are kept moving and  spend less time eating. 

 

Wobbler syndrome

This is the name given to a horse that sways slightly in the hindquarters it has a tendency to  stumble and will become too dangerous to ride.

Lord Biats is one horse we have worked with, he appears not to have worsened since he has been here, We are due to take another horse with this condition next month.

Sarciods

We are now working with the second donkey with sarcoids on the sheath the first I am pleased to say is still clear after a year. This information is intended for horse owners so that a greater understanding of some of the difficulties associated with sarcoids can be explained

This is the picture taken after surgery Sarcoids can not be removed by conventional surgery. information can be found at  http://www.liv.ac.uk/sarcoids/facts.htm

 

 Before  and after Cryosurgery

 

Poisons          Please be careful this winter

Many garden plants are deadly. Please check before allowing your pony to eat the overgrown garden. Our vet noted, when a sick equine is put in the garden it will almost always die. 

Lack of readily available feed  is the main reason for the equine to eat poisonous plants. Always make sure your pony has access to hay and fresh water especially in the winter. Take care to check that the hay is being eaten and the animal is not spitting out balls of hay, if you find balled up hay you should ask you vet to check the teeth.

Bracken Horses donkeys and ponies will take bracken from the hedgerows, especially in the winter. The bracken is deadly as is ragwort. You should always remove both of these plants from the fields. As a rule of thumb Yellow flowering plants should be removed.

Holly is amongst the most toxic plant when it is cut. The animal will have such severe colic, and vets have nothing to suppress the pain. Euthanasia is the usually the only option.

More to follow. 

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