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Foot Balance – How do X-Rays help?

Hoof imbalance is one of the most common problems associated with lameness in a horse’s foot. It can be attributed to a variety of causes including conformation, the type of shoes fitted and how regularly the horse is shod.

Ideally the horse’s foot should strike the ground as a unit, with the entire weight-bearing surface hitting the ground together. In the case of side-to-side imbalance (lateral-medial imbalance) the outside toe strikes the ground before the heel, with the inside heel landing first. This leads to uneven forces across the hoof and uneven loading of the lower limb joints.

Many horses tolerate a large degree of foot balance, remain sound and are able to compete to a high level. Others are more sensitive, with a minimal discrepancy adversely affecting performance.

X-rays are a tool that we are using more and more in conjunction with farriers to evaluate & correct foot balance….. Essentially a side to side (Lateromedial – side view) and front to back (Dorsopalmar – front/back view) x-ray is taken of each foot to show the position of the pedal bone and the rest of the bony column in relation to the external hoof wall. These images can then be used by the farrier to trim to optimise foot conformation and correct any underlying imbalance. Severe imbalance is often evident without an x-ray but mild to moderate imbalance can be present in a “normal” looking foot.

Foot balance x-rays are particularly useful in horses with poor foot shape or sensitive feet as well as those suffering from foot related lameness. Many elite sports horses have this procedure on a regular basis to pre-empt any problems. The stage of the shoeing cycle must be considered when interpreting the images, it is unreasonable to expect the feet to look as good when they are due for re-shoeing as when they are freshly shod.

Foot balance x-rays can be performed at the clinic or on your yard providing there is an area of level concrete under cover and mains electricity.

We are offering a special promotion during MAY & JUNE of £150 (plus callout and sedation if required) for foot balance x-rays of all four feet. We can then email the images to your farrier and discuss the findings to formulate a shoeing plan for your horse.

Remember if your horse is a member of our Equine Healthcare Plan you will also receive an additional 10% discount on the cost of the Foot Balance X-rays.

Winter Health Checks

winter-horse-healthcare_clip_image002Milbourn Equine can offer a winter health check for your horse.  This covers a full clinical examination of heart, lungs, skin, eyes and action, a blood sample is taken to test your horse’s internal organs and a faecal sample is also taken and tested for worms. Whilst there, the vet can also take a look inside your horse’s mouth and check to see if any dental work is needed. This is also a great opportunity to discuss any queries you have about your horse’s health or performance.

Our winter health checks are especially useful if you have a veteran horse who may struggle with the changing weather and are also advisable for competition horses to resolve any issues quickly and ensure they are in peak condition ready for the competition season ahead. Only £95.00 including VAT, call now to book an appointment. More details

Milbourn Equine Healthcare Plan

At Milbourn Equine we understand how important to you it is to give your horse or pony the best care possible.

We have developed our Healthcare Plan to allow you to spread the cost of that care through monthly direct debits that are convenient and also secure.

Our Equine Healthcare Plan is not insurance, instead it provides regular health & dental checks, vaccinations and worm egg counts.

VP3755 Milborn Equine Plan Brochure.inddOur plan is available for horses,ponies or donkeys from any age. You will also receive a £1.00 discount per month for every additional equine you register.
Extra benefits include discount on selected products or services that you may require for your horse. You will also receive a FREE branded head collar and lead rope on signing up to our plan. Find out more or call your local branch.

 

Milbourn Equine Healthcare Plan

At Milbourn Equine we understand how important to you it is to give your horse or pony the best care possible.

We have developed our Healthcare Plan to allow you to spread the cost of that care through monthly direct debits that are convenient and also secure.

Our Equine Healthcare Plan is not insurance, instead it provides regular health & dental checks, vaccinations and worm egg counts.

VP3755 Milborn Equine Plan Brochure.inddOur plan is available for horses,ponies or donkeys from any age. You will also receive a £1.00 discount per month for every additional equine you register.
Extra benefits include discount on selected products or services that you may require for your horse. You will also receive a FREE branded head collar and lead rope on signing up to our plan. Find out more or call your local branch.

Milbourn Equine Client Evening

It was rather a chilly evening on Wednesday 16th March, but our hardy clients were not deterred!
What an amazing turnout we had, the room soon filled up there was only standing room at the back.
P1000374Saracen Horse Feeds started our evening off with a slideshow and talk on regular feeding and complications that can arise, then took numerous questions from clients.
David Mcdonald then discussed our new Equine Healthcare Plan that we have just launched at Milbourn Equine. P1000380Again there were quite a few questions but everyone seemed to agree it’s a great plan, with some clients signing up there and then!
We then had a well deserved break for some yummy food & drink, kindly sponsored by Saracen Horse Feeds and a chance to have a chat.
Finally Martin Webber from the NFU spoke about the importance of having your horse and yourself insured. Again this generated numerous questions and hopefully satisfied our clients concerns.
The Sevington team felt it was a very worthwhile client evening and thoroughly enjoyed entertaining our clients. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported us.

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March Is Tapeworm Testing Time For Your Horse

Milbourn Equine recommend worming against tapeworm in March and September. We do strongly advise that we test for tapeworm first to check if worming is required to reduce the development of resistance to the medicines used to treat them.

Testing for tapeworms cannot be done through the standard faecal worm egg count.

Either a blood test or the Equisal Tapeworm saliva test can be used to identify whether your horse has a tapeworm burden.

A blood sample can be taken by your vet to test, a method known as the ELISA or tapeworm antibody test. A horse with a high level of tapeworm infection will produce a large number of antibodies, which can be detected in the blood.

The test indicates a broad level of intensity, rather than tapeworm numbers. The amount of antibodies will indicate whether the burden is low, medium or high.

1The Equisal tapeworm saliva test is performed on a swab of saliva taken from the horse’s mouth which is much quicker and less invasive than a blood test. The Equisal test has been shown to have very similar effectiveness as the blood test in detecting the presence of tapeworms.

The procedure is simple and full instructions are provided in the kit which is now available from us.  A swab is inserted into the mouth where the bit normally goes, then placed into a collection tube which is then posted to the laboratory by the owner for analysis. The result is returned to the practice and your vet will contact you with the result and advice for treatment if required.

To find out more and how to join our Equine Healthcare Plan to receive discounts on your worming treatments, tapeworm testing and membership to our worming programme please see www.milbournequine.co.uk