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We're a team @ Happy Horse Australia...
so you ALWAYS get more than you paid for!
Every fibre, cell and metabolic function in the body needs correct nutrients. Nutrition is EVERYTHING! We cannot stress enough how fundamental good nutrition is. But what is good?
It is balanced, individual and provides for optimal health. Why aim for a level of nutrition that only just keeps dysfunction at bay? Here at Happy Horse Australia we constantly strive for vitality!
Tell-tale signs that vital nutrients may be missing from your horse's diet.
- Dull coat
- Weak tendons
- Slow healing wounds
- Recurrent issues
- Brittle, shelly hooves
- Weepy eyes/Allergies
- Digestive issues
In the world of the domesticated horse deficiencies are so common place, you'd be shocked. Why? Most commonly:
- Overgrazed pastures
- Minerally deficient soils
- Incompatible species
- Limitied bio-diversity,
- Physical demands
- Feed myths and misconceptions
Deficiencies (and excesses) will eventually lead to a decline in health, performance and vitality if not addressed. Prevention is always the better option... and correction (even in late stages) will still be beneficial.
Our qualified Equine Nutritionist develops individual feed plans to
maximise optimal health, be it:
All our feed samples (pasture/hay) are sent to a laboratory for analysis, which is fundamental in building detailed nutritional profiles.
Mineral mixes are tailored individually, taking the generic 'hit and miss' out of the equation.
Our team includes a qualified Equine Naturopath, offering comprehensive and high calibre health care for your horse.
At the cornerstone of Naturopathy is the commitment to treat the cause, not just the symptom. It is simply looking at the whole picture (hence 'holistic') coupled with evidence based science and the overarching ethos of "first do no harm". It requires an expansive view to investigate and eliminate underlying reasons for dysfunction.
An organism's ability to thrive is dependant on its internal constitution (including stress factors and mental health) as well as influences from external environments. This directly impacts every aspect of health including disease-resistance, injury risk, recovery time, performance and so on.
Sometimes solutions are as simple as altering management practices or making nutritional changes etc. Never underestimate how small changes can effect HUGE change.
For horses requiring rehabilitation, owners are given ongoing guidance and support for home-care. In future, as purpose built facilities evolve, 24 hr care will be available for the more serious cases.
We encourage dialogue with your vet and will often refer clients for diagnostics before proceeding with treatments.
Naturopathy is not only safe but affords amazing flexibility to compliment existing veterinary care, delivering the best possible outcomes for horse and owner.
A typical consultation will assess:
physicality (vitals, general health)
signs of nutritional deficiencies
...as well as any other relevant factors that may be impinging on health. From here we explore suitable options available.
Medicine - any substance that changes a body's response to illness or injury or assists in maintaining health and well being, regardless of origin...
According to the World Health Organisation, two-thirds of the world's population use plants as their primary medicine!
Herbs are extremely complex combinations of natural constituents that are highly absorbable. They are not only powerful and effective, the metabolic response(s) they can elicit within the body should never be underestimated. Although many herbs can be used safely by the lay person, our qualified Equine Herbalist gives you access to practitioner-only herbs, peace of mind and professional advice.
Although there is nothing wrong with treating symptoms and offering relief via herbs, it is but one tool in a holistic plan. The priority should always be to treat and (if possible) erradicate the underlying cause or reason for the symptoms. Unless there is justifiable reason, your horse should not need to remain on herbs for long periods of time in order to be healthy.
Ways in which herbs can assist:
stimulate eg. circulation
ease pain and inflammation
repair damaged cells
stabilise blood sugars
prepare for changes eg. seasonal
Our qualified Equine Herbalist ensures blends are always considered and formulated for the individual.
Equine Podiatry specifically relates to correct form, function & balance of the hoof, the lower limb & suspensory mechanisms as well as treament of hoof pathologies and rehabilitation to soundness.
Contemporary science and research of equid hooves is not only challening antiquated models of understanding, it has bought about pivotal change. Hoof care has evolved. Simple as that. Leaders in the field have overcome many barriers of 'tradition', enabling an historical turning point to take place, forever endowing this domesticated relationship with knowledge of tremendous and long-lasting benefit.
Equine Podiatrists are specialists in their field and although there are many excellent and experienced farriers out there who deal with similar scenarios, it rarely includes this level of training - hopefully in time it will be fully intergrated.
Although podiatry often crosses over with barefoot, it is primarily concerned with the
above mentioned - function / pathologies / rehabilitation etc. regardless of owners decisions to shoe or not. If conformational limitations are present, the key to success is working with the predetermined structure that lies beneath and not to further compromise form/function simply for aesthetics. It is possible to find solutions to fit both horse and owner, shoes or no shoes.
At Happy Horse Australia we work closely with vets (eg. diagnostics, radiographs, ultrasounds etc). In the past, and still in many regions without the services of an Equine Podiatrist, euthanasia is often recommended in 'hopeless' cases. If you are concerned you may be in this situation, we are more than happy to speak with your vet, as the options for successful rehabilitation are now very achievable.
Hoof pathologies/conditions we
Pedal bone rotation/penetration
white line disease
chronic & recurrent lameness
Optimally a horse would get a light rasp each week (to mimic wear and self maintenance of wild hooves) but this is not always practical for owners!
To maintain correct form and function it is advised to keep hooves trimmed within a 4 weekly cycle.
If longer trim cycles are required, we understand owners have various reasons and constraints, so can assist to find the best outcome within these.
True barefoot and how to achieve it...
How can wild horses travel up to 60 kms a day over the rockiest, harshest terrain with ease and without our help? The simple answer is - the freedom to maintain correct hoof form and function due to self maintenance and lifestyle.
Domestication invariably comes at a cost, particularly in regards to hooves, but it is very achievable to replicate the hoof of a wild horse in most horses.
Barefoot trimming is not the same as a standard paddock trim or a horse without shoes. Done correctly, the fundamental differences will stand leagues apart allowing proper function of frog, heels and reduce concussive force up the limb, using suspensory mechanisms in the way they were naturally designed. Landing and load-bearing effects the entire biomechanics, overall performance and longevity of the horse.
As the science and anatomical understanding of hoof and lower limb function advances, so do the surrounding practices. The volume of barefoot research happening world wide is phenomenal and there is no turning back from this evolution of hoof care. Barefoot and Equine Podiatry are here to stay.
To be successful you must enlist someone who knows what they are doing. Choose a practitioner with a deep understanding of barefoot principles, anatomy and experience. Keep in mind not all Barefoot trimmers are Equine Podiatrists and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions.
See 'Podiatry' for more information
Why use hoof boots?
Transitioning Shod - Barefoot
Not only has hoof boot technology and design come a long way, so have their applications.
They truly are an invaluable tool - be it 'transition time' of sole development, rehabilitation of tender feet or simply as a back up when out on rough trails. Not all horses need them, but when called for, they are indispensable!
They must be fitted PROPERLY!
Don't waste your money, have them correctly measured & fit to your horse. Our qualified Equine Podiatrist can ensure you not only get the right boot for the job, that it's also a great fit.
Official Fitters & Resellers
Underpinning all that we do here at Happy Horse Australia is passion.
The determination to make a difference, the inspiration to educate and the drive to offer hope...
giving horses the opportunity to live happy, pain-free lives
Click on pics for more info
The 2nd row photos are between 6-8 months from original trim. Two of these horses were set to be euthanised due to chronic lameness. Although still a work in progress, 2 of these horses are now fully rideable.
Specialising in the Rehabilitation of
Hoof Pathologies & Dysfunction
Ill-Health & Debility
It is on a case by case basis as to whether rehabilitation can be achieved in the field (with our support) or if in-house (at our growing facilities) is warranted and practical.
We are currently building the first laminitis rehabiltation centre for the SE NSW region (and one of only a few Australia wide). This will accommodate more serious cases requiring intensive and/or daily care that is beyond the scope of owners / in the field
Faecal Egg Counts
(Worm Egg Counts)
Mobile Weighing Service
A Valuable Tool In
FEC's are fabulous for determining parasite susceptibility in your horse/herd. They will NOT detect the encysted small strongyles
Encysted Small Strongyles a MUST read
What are Equine Parasitologists saying?
"...anthelmintic treatment programs [are continually recommended] for horses that are based on knowledge and concepts 30-40 years old”
M.K Neilsen & R.M. Kaplan, French Equine Veterinary Association
"The Faecal Egg Count Reduction Test is a simple procedure [to reduce parasite drug resistance]"
Source - Craig R Reinemeyer
President of Veterinary Contract Research Organization, East Tennessee Clinical Research, Inc. USA
#1 equine parasite problem worldwide
encysted stages NOT detected with FEC's
Standard wormers are completely inefective!
If not properly treated, can remain encased in the gut for years
Can cause gut damage, colic, post-worm colic, debility and death, despite routine worming (with standard wormers)
The most accurate way to determine nutritional deficiencies in horses is via forage analysis (pasture and/or hay).
Blood tests and hair analysis are not reliable means due to certain limitations (with a few exceptions) because the body is in a constant state of metabolising, storing and utilising nutrients. This occurs at various sites within (not just blood and hair) providing misleading reflections of nutrtitional status.
Test what goes in!
By analysing what your horse is actually eating, there are no doubts as to what is missing, and by how much. Don't waste your money... Target what's needed!
Once analysed, the data can be applied to any horse kept on the same forage.
This service is offered alongside Nutritional Consultations. The data is converted and calculated to make sense for YOUR horse based on weight, performance levels, sweat losses, other feedstuffs, health conditions etc. We also offer general nutritional advice, feed plans and mineral mixes to help correct imbalances, which are individually tailored to suit.
Have your feed analysed
and stop making
Why guess when you can KNOW?
How often have you had to estimate your horse's weight for the following?
fitness regime / Body Mass Index
Accurate digital scales with purpose-built platform makes weighing EASY!
Weight-change often takes place WEEKS before visual confirmation. Electronic monitoring eliminates the worry of program effectiveness. Diet adjustments can be made with accuracy and security.
Laminitis, Equine Metabolic Syndrome
& Obesity Is No Joke!
image courtesy of Horsemart
Learn To Spot The Early Signs
image courtesy of East Kent Equine
Contact Us for more details on how to collect and send samples
Discounts to Pony Club and Adult Riding Clubs for group weighings