Special Offer throughout September – £10 Off Dental Rasping

We recommend that all horses undergo a dental examination at least once a year.  Some horses such as those expected to perform at a high level and those with specific dental abnormalities might benefit from more frequent examinations.

Our vets have all received full dentistry training during their time at University and are more than happy to carry out dental treatment on your horse. In addition they can also administer drugs such as sedatives, local anaesthetics and pain killer drugs allowing safer more comfortable treatment. Rasping can also be combined with one of our £10 Zone Visits making us very competitively priced. Why not call us to find out more!

Strangles Testing – 20% Discount During August

**Throughout August we are offering a 20% discount on the cost of Strangles blood testing. This can be done on a Zone Visit and results typically take 2-3 working days to come back.**

A survey commissioned by the Redwings Horse Sanctuary found that only 13% of yards test for Strangles on arrival of a new horse, but also that 78% of owners would welcome screening of new arrivals.

Strangles is a highly contagious bacterial respiratory infection that is commonly seen in the equine world. It is spread by direct contact with an infected horse or by sharing equipment e.g. buckets. The signs of infection are a thick nasal discharge, swollen glands and high temperature. The disease can, although rare, be fatal.

Affected yards are recommended to cease movement on and off until the infection has cleared which can take several weeks. A small percentage of horses that contract Strangles can become carriers whereby they show no external symptoms but still harbour the bacteria.

A blood test is available to detect antibodies against Strangles which are made when the body encounters the Strangles bacteria. The main use of this blood test is to screen new arrivals to a yard for Strangles before they come onto the yard.

The results will either come back as negative, borderline or positive.

A negative result means the horse is safe to move but should still be kept in isolation for 2 weeks as the blood test does not detect horses who have been exposed to Strangles within the previous 14 days.

A borderline result would want re-testing in approximately 14 days to see if the result becomes either positive or negative.

A positive result means that the horse has been exposed to Strangles within the past 6 months although it may not be showing clinical symptoms.

A horse with a borderline or positive result should not be accepted on to a yard without further investigation. If a horse has a positive result, then this horse should ideally receive an endoscopy to perform a gutteral pouch wash. This samples the back of the throat to check for the Strangles bacteria and is usually found in carrier horses. Carrier horses would require further specialised treatment over several weeks.

We would encourage all yard owners to consider instigating a policy to test new arrivals for strangles on the above basis.

More information

 Strangles Leaflet

Milbourn Equine NEW Healthcare Plans

At Milbourn Equine we want to help you give your horse or pony the best care possible. We know that prevention is better than cure and want to make this approach as simple and convenient for you as we can.

Health Plans are not insurance, instead they provide regular checks along with preventative medication to keep your horse’s day to day health in the best possible condition.

As part of our commitment to your horse’s wellbeing we offer more convenient monthly payments and as a reward for your commitment to preventative care, we also give you discounts on selected treatments and products. Our plan is available for horses, ponies or donkeys from any age.

You can also pop in to your local branch, speak to your vet or give us a call and a member of our team will be happy to discuss the details of the plan further.

When you are ready to sign up you can complete our application form available from your vet or the office or alternatively call 0800 1699958 to set up your direct debit.

*NOW INCLUDES FREE INSURANCE FORM COMPLETION*

All of our Milbourn Equine Healthcare Plans provide your horse with:

  • Annual health check to include weight check and trot up assessment for lameness
  • Annual Zone Visit
  • Dental check and routine rasp including sedation (one per year)
  • Annual flu vaccination
  • Tetanus vaccination every 2 years
  • 25% off worm egg counts (Essentials plan only)
  • Free insurance form completion

Additional benefits of our Extended Plan:

  • Tailored worming advice, 4 worm egg counts (per year)
  • Equisal tapeworm test (saliva) and 10% discount on wormers required
  • One ACTH monitoring test and blood sample per year
  • 10% off Milbourn supplements and fly repellents
  • 10% off lifetime care medication

*(The above discounts can not be used in conjunction with other offers)

 Milbourn Equine Healthcare Plan Leaflet

Gastroscope Clinics – Special Offer

Gastroscope Clinics

Milbourn Equine offer twice monthly gastroscope clinics where you can book in to bring your horse along for a gastroscope at a reduced price.

How do I arrange for my horse to be Gastroscoped?

Horses must be starved prior to the procedure in order to ensure that the stomach is empty. In order to facilitate this it is possible to have your horse admitted to the clinic the day before the procedure (Ashford clinic only). To arrange an appointment or to discuss your horse’s symptoms with a vet please contact your local branch.

If you decide to admit your horse on the day of the procedure you must:

  • Give your horse their last feed at 6pm the night before
  • Stabled on inedible bedding
  • Remove hay and feed bucket after last feed
  • Water must be taken away as early as possible on the morning of the procedure
  • No hay net whilst travelling to the clinic

Please remember to bring your horse’s bridle with you when bringing your horse to the clinic.

 Gastroscopy Information Booklet

Sevington Dates 2019:

  • 6th August
  • 3rd September
  • 1st October
  • 5th November
  • 3rd December

Bodiam Dates 2019

  • 31st July
  • 28th August
  • 25th September
  • 23rd October
  • 20th November
  • 18th December

Clinic Gastroscope Days Special Offer

First Timers £150.00 including sedation for horses being scoped for the first time

£200.00 for all other horses

Please note: Any medication or hospitalisation if needed will be extra

Scoping in your yard is also available by appointment – please ring for details