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XLVets Equine

member practices

608 Farm & Equine Veterinary Surgeons

Ashbrook Equine Hospital

Belmont Farm and Equine Vets Ltd

Bishopton Veterinary Group

Buckingham Equine Vets

Calweton Veterinary Group

Capontree Veterinary Centre

Cedar Veterinary Group

Chapelfield Veterinary Partnership

Cliffe Veterinary Group

Clyde Veterinary Group

Donald S McGregor & Partners

Durham Equine Practice

Endell Veterinary Group

Fellowes Farm Equine Clinic

Fenwold Veterinary Group

Glenthorne Veterinary Group

Hook Norton Veterinary Group

Kernow Veterinary Group Ltd

Larkmead Veterinary Group

Midshire Veterinary Group Limited

Millcroft Veterinary Group

Northvet Veterinary Group

North West Equine Vets Ltd

Paragon Veterinary Group

Parklands Veterinary Group

Penbode Equine Vets

Rosevean Veterinary Practice

Scarsdale Veterinary Group

Scott Mitchell Associates

Severn Edge Veterinary Group

St Boniface Veterinary Clinic

Torch Equine Vets

Wright & Morten Veterinary Surgeons

XLVets Equine

is a novel and exciting

initiative conceived from within the veterinary

profession. We are all independently owned,

progressive veterinary practices located

throughout the United Kingdom committed to

working together for the benefit of our clients.


Equine Matters

is published by:

XLVet UK Ltd, Carlisle House

Townhead Road, Dalston

Carlisle CA5 7JF

Tel: (01228) 711788

*This publication is supplied free of charge to

equine clients of XLVets member practices.

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F roM ThE Ed i Tor

Welcome to the ‘Spring 2017’

issue of

Equine Matters...

...produced by XLVets Equine practices.

Welcome to the Spring edition of Equine

Matters. In this issue we have a focus on new

beginnings with Breeding and new foals;

returning your horse to work for the upcoming

season; and advice for those considering the

purchase of a new horse.

On a similar theme, I would like to extend

best wishes to my co-editor Imogen Burrows

who is now beginning maternity leave

awaiting a new arrival of her own. She has

done a fantastic job as editor in recent years

but fear not, she assures me she will be

returning later in the year.

In the meantime, sit back and enjoy this issue.

Hopefully it will impart some useful tips and

information as we approach an exciting new





No Foot No horse -

Richard Morris,

Fenwold Veterinary Group, explains

how to assess your horse’s feet and

illustrates some common problems.


Avoiding Pitfalls In Purchase -

Nick Graham of Severn Edge Vets

provides some useful advice for those

considering a purchase.


Advice Prior To Foaling -

Jenna Elliott

from Rosevean Veterinary Practice

offers some timely advice on how to

manage your mare in the run up to



Feeding For Fitness -

Katie Hayton,

Capontree Vets, lists some useful rules

for feeding and explains how diet

should be adjusted to suit the

individual needs of your horse.


Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome -

Gastric ulcers can cause a variety

of symptoms, Jo Sutton of Bishopton

Veterinary Group explains the

diagnosis and management of this

increasingly common condition.


Happy Endings -

Gavindar Panesar,

608 Farm and Equine, describes how

his Christmas was interrupted by a

lively yearling with a gaping leg


Susan donaldson


Clyde Veterinary Group

Editor of Equine Matters


AI Or Natural Cover


Roger Dixon

from Ashbrook Equine Hospital

explains some of the factors to be

considered when making the choice.


Back In The Saddle -

Alistair Todd,

Kernow Farm & Equine offers advice

on how to gradually return your horse

to work after a period of rest or injury.


Vaccinating My Horse -


Mason from Durham Equine Practice

explains the benefits and importance

of regular vaccinations.


A Day In The Life Of…

Paul May of

Paragon Veterinary Group describes

the roles and responsibilities of the

Course Vet at a British Eventing horse



Pony Pages -

Andrew Robinson,

Millcroft Veterinary Group, details

some health checks that can help

keep your pony fit and well.