AskHQ: Veterans

Q: I have a 19-year-old horse who I still ride daily, and occasionally compete. He is sound and in good condition, but I want to ensure that remains the case. What can I do to make sure he has everything he needs to support him as an older horse?

A: If your horse is not showing any age-related problems and is still active and sound, then you are clearly doing a lot right. Just ensure, as with any horse, that his feed ration is suitable for his body-weight and workload, and monitor his body condition score regularly. Many people also recommend a joint supplement for horses at all stages of their career, and this is an addition to consider, especially in an older horse.

If at some stage your horse does start to lose condition and body weight, and your vet is confident that it is just a sign of age and that he needs extra calories, then find a feed containing high-oil levels. These feeds are very energy dense, but still low in starches. Feeds designed for senior horses are particularly good as not only are most of them high in oil, but they also contain nutrient levels that are more tailored to their specific life stage. Therefore, they may contain more vitamin C and E to help boost the immune system. Senior feeds also tend to be more digestible, as older horses can become less efficient at absorbing nutrients from their food.

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AskHQ: Splints

Q: What causes splints in horses? A: Splints are inflammation or injury of the splint bones in the lower leg and/or the adjacent bones (such as the canon bone) and/or the associated ligaments. Splints are most commonly seen in young horses training at very high intensity levels, such as Thoroughbreds.

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AskHQ: Colour vision

Q: What colours can horses see? A: Horses are not colour blind but they can’t see the same colours as we do. Horses have what we call ‘dichromatic vision’, meaning that they differentiate colours in two wavelength regions. Humans have ‘trichromatic vision’, meaning that we see in three-colour wavelengths. Horses

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Matteo’s Restaurant at Annabel’s – Mayfair, London, UK

The British eccentric interior design is a bit excessive for those of us with minimalist leanings, but if anyone can handle it, it would be Martin Brudnizki https://mbds.com/. The new owner of the private club Annabel’s, Richard Caring, often taps Brudnizki as he did when he moved Annabel’s in 2018  and again this year, when he […]

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AskHQ: Double trouble

Q: How often do horses have twins? A: Twins are conceived as a result of the stallion’s sperm fertilising two eggs released when a mare double ovulates. Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods are the most likely to have mutliple ovulations, and they therefore tend to have more twins than other breeds. However,

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AskHQ: Falling safely

Q: What is the best way to fall off safely? A: When we ride, we of course aim to stay on the horse at all times! However, horses are unpredictable and some situations are simply out of our control. Each fall is circumstantial and we often don’t have enough time

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