So many horse diseases that present as minor ailments can be managed if not solved totally by effective husbandry, physical interventions and supportive dietary supplements.
These can reduce or even eliminate the requirement for veterinary intervention which can bring with it other side effects and problems.
Never allow a situation to spiral out of control and always seek veterinary advice if you are uncertain.
In some cases where the issue has run away with the owner, more aggressive interference may be needed to get the problem back on track and to prevent the horse from suffering.
Thereafter, horses can often be managed very successfully with a combination of intelligent, informed horsemanship of which dietary supplementation is a key element.
Good stable management is really important for your horse’s welfare and health.
Informed yard and pasture routines are vital to keeping your horse in good shape and anything that saves you potentially expensive vet bills has to be a bonus for your bank balance too.
Many minor ailments respond well to perhaps a change of regime which can support interventions that don’t necessarily have to be veterinary prescribed.
Common Horse Diseases
There are many sources and causes of horse diseases. These can be:
- Bacterial: caused by an invasion of bacteria
- Viral: Caused by a virus
- Infestation: Caused by parasitic invasions, such as worms, or irritation – sweet itch, for example
- Nutrition: Poor or unbalanced nutrition can lead to disease
Our list of common ailments that affect many horses: