My journey with Abbey & other horsey bits 'n' bobs



Thank goodness for the yard owner

Yard owners and managers often come in for some hefty criticism especially on the equestrian forums.

I don’t envy them; from managing the grazing and maintaining the yard, to resolving livery squabbles and caring foe our most precious equines, they have a tough job.

I’m sure that there are bad’uns out there but mine are great. The husband and wife team (and wider family that chip in) do everything they can to ensure the yard is a happy place for their liveries and their horses.

Twice this summer I’ve gone away and both times Abbey has required medical attention. The first time, she was bitten on her girly bits and, just like last time, she was very uncomfortable (who wouldn’t be!)

The YO tended to her bite, working out that aloe vera was more soothing for her than the sudocrem I’d been applying. Applying it couldn’t have been easy with Abbey dancing like she’s on hot coals, with added tail swishes.

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Horse Ulcers – A short guide

Heads up – I’m not a vet nor a nutritional expert. I am, however, a horse owner with a problem and like most crazy-horse-owners-with-a-problem I’ve extensively Googled it and joined all the Facebook groups! Here’s a summary of my findings (maybe it’ll save you a bit of time!):

Ulcers and Causes

Ulcers can occur in two parts of a horse – the stomach and/or the hind gut. A horse with stomach ulcers are said to have equine squamous gastric disease (ESGD) and/or equine glandular gastric disease (EGGD), depending on where in the stomach the ulcers are present. EGSD describes ulcers in the upper part of the stomach and EGGD the lower.  It’s quite common for horses to have both the stomach and the hindgut.

Stomach ulcers and hind gut ulcers are caused by stomach acid burning the sensitive linings, causing lesions known as ulcers.

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