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With the breeding season well underway and Christmas fast approaching, it is non-stop for us here at the Illawarra Equine Centre! However, this hasn’t stopped us getting out and about with Mitch and Lisa attending the Berry Pink Ribbon Horse Festival funkhana last month. It was a fantastic event, supporting a very worthy cause. We were delighted to be there showing our support and proud to be sponsors of such a great day!
We have also been busy attending many foalings this season and had multiple mares successfully bred via AI at our clinic. It is definitely our busiest time of year, but it’s really not a hard task when you are dealing with patients as cute as the ones below!
SUMMER = HOLIDAYS AND HEAT!
Tis’ the season to be jolly, and here in Australia it is also the season to be hot!
With Summer in full swing here on the South Coast, it is time to think about both a hot weather and bush fire plan for your equine friends. Like humans, horses can suffer from heat stroke, so having a plan in place to prevent this condition is essential. Below we have listed a few helpful tips on how to avoid heat stroke in your horse, as well as the symptoms to look out for.
Preventing heat stroke:
- Unlimited access to fresh water
- Adequate shade in the form of trees* or a well ventilated shelter
- Avoid over-rugging
- Limit riding to cooler parts of the day
Heat stroke symptoms:
- Rapid pulse and breathing
- Heavy breathing and panting
- Excess saliva
- Increased sweating
- High body temperature
- Restlessness and/or lethargy
*avoid allowing horses to shelter under trees which are flowering/fruiting, as these type of trees may attract flying foxes and increase the risk of Hendra virus.
Useful information regarding ideas for appropriate shelter can be found by following this link: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/animals-and-livestock/animal-welfare/general/welfare-of-horses/care
Being bushfire ready.
Do you have a bushfire plan in place for your horses? Last minute decisions can lead to catastrophe. Having a plan in place may just save a life! Below are some links which could help you design the best evacuation plan for your horse if the unthinkable happened.
CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS
MON 24/12/18 – 8:30am-5:00pm
TUES 25/12/18 – CLOSED*
WED 26/12/18 – CLOSED*
THURS 27/12/18 – 8:30am-5:00pm
FRI 28/12/18 – 8:30am-5:00pm
MON 31/12/18 – 8:30am-5:00pm
TUES 01/01/19 – CLOSED