Equine Matters Newsletters

North West Equine Vets is part of the XL group. We benefit from the publication of their newsletters, which you can now read online.

Now is the time of year for many people to experience the start of a new academic year, and we move into Winter and Spring.
Changes have been happening here at XLVets Equine as well, with Kirstie Pickles, my former co-editor, moving on to pastures new and sadly stepping down from her editorial role at the same time. I’d like to thank her for all her hard work in the past year, and wish her all the best in future ventures.

At the same time, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Susan Donaldson, from Clyde Veterinary Group as the new co-editor of Equine Matters. Susan has contributed many times to Equine Matters and we look forward to having her on board as part of the team.

We hope you enjoy this issue and it provides some valuable insights into problems or conditions you may come across in the
less inclement seasons. Happy reading!

The XLEquine campaign in 2016 is ‘Picture of Health’, which puts preventative care of the horse at the forefront of everyone’s
minds. In this issue we are echoing this theme with several of the articles aimed at what we can do to keep our horses healthy.

We have included articles on how to keep your horses healthy while training and whilst travelling or when at competitions; as well as a really useful ‘pull out and keep’ section for the yard. We answer more of your questions, tackle tricky topics, as well
as report on some fascinating case studies. One lucky reader will win one of our fantastic first aid kits for their selfie - find
out who inside!

2016 has brought some exciting changes for Equine Matters with two new editors on board! We thank Lee Pritchard for all his
excellent work over the past two years, and we are looking forward to the challenge ahead.

We are bringing some new features to Equine Matters - Ask the Expert, The Hot Potato, Happy Endings, ‘Send us a Selfie’ competition; as well as our Cut Out and Keep section. We have chosen to look at topics challenging to all of us including diarrhoea, dealing with difficult horses, and tips for preventing springtime laminitis in ponies; as well as packing in much, much more!

On behalf of XLEquine, we hope you have had a great start to 2016 and happy reading.

In this issue we focus on 'kissing spines' including real life surgical case examples. We look at diseases affecting horses as we approach the winter months such as mud fever, dehydration and lymphangitis and
provide an insight into nursing the sick donkey.

We have chosen to discuss a potential emerging viral disease in West Nile Virus as well as continue to provide an insight into XLEquine with three more featured veterinary surgeons.

In this issue we focus on osteochondritis dissecans in horses, equine grass sickness and equine neurological diseases as well as the exciting collaboration with the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust.

We look at eye disease in horses with a focus on recurrent uveitis and a surgical feature on eye removal. We have chosen to discuss the growing concern of obesity amongst horses and ponies
as well as continue to provide an insight into XLEquine with three more featured veterinary surgeons.

In this issue we focus on the equine foot with articles on foot balance, radiography of the equine foot and equine keratoma. We look at angular limb deformities in foals with a real life case study and a surgical feature.

We have chosen to discuss anti-doping regulations and their ability to maintain fair competition as well as continue to provide an insight into XLEquine with three more featured veterinary surgeons.

In this issue we focus on sarcoids including real life medical and surgical case examples. We look at genetic diseases of horses, heart
disease and provide an insight into donkey health. We have chosen to discuss equine vaccination as well as continue to provide an insight into XLEquine with three more featured veterinary surgeons.

In this issue we focus on the exciting new area of regenerative medicine including real life case examples. We look at tendon injuries, muscle diseases and provide you with an update on headshaking in horses. We have chosen to discuss the equine passport system
in the UK as well as continue to provide an insight into XLEquine with three more featured veterinary surgeons.

In this issue we focus on reproduction with articles on artificial insemination, breeding from the problem mare, foal diseases and embryo transfer. We also feature bio-security with advice on nursing the infectious horse and two real life cases of infectious disease outbreaks.

In this issue we focus on the problems of the older horse
and our approach to better care of our Old Friends. We look at dentistry, management, and nutrition and give you the facts to help
make the difficult decision of when to say goodbye.

Welcome to the Summer 2013 edition of Equine Matters. This issue focuses on the foot; with articles from both the veterinary and the farriery perspective on foot lameness, balance and confirmation. As well as looking at Colic, including causes and treatment options.

Welcome to the Spring 2013 edition of Equine Matters. In preparation for the 2013 season we focus on poor performance; how it can affect horses and the diagnostic challenges of this complex condition, including three real life case examples.

Welcome to the Autumn/Winter 2012 issue of Equine Matters. In this issue we focus on the respiratory tract with articles on equine herpesvirus, nasal discharge and recurrent airway obstruction. We also feature suspensory ligament injuries, with advice on managing your horse on box rest and controlled exercise following injury.

Welcome to the Summer 2012 edition of Equine Matters. In this issue we focus on back pain in horses, including two real life case examples and information on the use of both physiotherapy and acupuncture in its treatment. We meet a travelling equine surgeon and provide advice on how to prepare you and your horse for equine surgery.

In this issue we look at the preparations for the equine events for London 2012 and find out which XLVets Equine members will be involved. In conjunction with the XLVets Equine spring lameness promotion we also look at what?s involved in a lameness work-up and follow two real lameness case examples through their treatment and return to work. We also have a feature on arthritis and discuss treatment options, including the use of joint supplements.