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Busy day for Hannah at British Carriagedriving National Championships in Cirencester Park - 115 teams to be vet checked. Cross country is an amazing spectacle, entry is free, and goes on until 5 pm today. ... See MoreSee Less

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Summer may be coming to an end but we are still hearing reports of lots of itchy horses and ponies! Cutasol is a brand new product to the market aimed at horses suffering from Sweet Itch. It is the only foam product targeting this condition but due to its unique formula it is also ideal for soothing, hydrating and repairing the skin and hair of horses suffering from general 'itchiness'. One can will produce 9 litres of product so it will certainly last until next season as well! Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing a bottle (£36.80 for 300ml). ... See MoreSee Less

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**UPDATE** This has now been resolved - apologies for any inconvenience.

**Phone line disruption** BT are having widespread issues with certain phone numbers and at present our office number is unfortunately affected. We have obviously escalated this issue with BT and hope to have it resolved as soon as possible but in the meantime if you need to contact the office please use the emergency number - 07796 338979. We will update you again when we can.
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#FridayFactsheets Here is the latest factsheet written by our vet, Hannah, providing information on splints. We hope you find these factsheets informative and if you have a topic you would like to see covered in future please let us know! ... See MoreSee Less

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Are you interested in thermal imaging and the changes in skin temperature under boots or bandages during exercise? If so then read on! Last year Hannah carried out a study looking at tendon thermoregulation and here is the (very) abbreviated version of her paper:

One of the most common reasons for lameness found in performance horses is superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) injuries. It has been studied and hypothesised that these tendon injuries mostly occur from the chronic overheating of tendons during and post exercise, and not from an acute injury. The continuous small bouts of hyperthermia change the function of the tendon cells which leads to tendon degradation over time. The heat produced from the tendons during exercise gets emitted to the skin to cool down. In this study, thermal imaging was used to compare the effects bandages and boots worn during exercise have on the skin temperature at the region of the SDFT in polo ponies.

For one summer season, thermal images were taken of polo ponies before and immediately after they played a full chukka. The temperature differences for each pony were recorded and statistically analysed. The results showed that polo bandages caused a statistically significant higher increase in temperature than boots (see image and table below), suggesting that modern day boot designs are superior to polo bandages in limb thermoregulation.

Other studies have shown that cooling the limb externally showed a parallel decrease in tendon core temperature and it is therefore reasonable to suggest that the core temperature would similarly increase if the external limb temperature is heated.

With all this in mind, it is beneficial to ensure your horse's tendons are cooled as quickly as possible post strenuous exercise to aide in prevention of prolonged tendon hyperthermia.
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We are very excited to welcome Hannah Anderson to the team as an assistant veterinary surgeon! Hannah graduated from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary School in Edinburgh and her special interests include sports horse medicine, poor performance, and reproduction. Prior to her veterinary degree, Hannah trained horses and competed internationally up to 1.50m level in show jumping alongside Olympic medalists. She also holds a Biology degree from Berry College in Georgia, USA and will shortly have a certificate in veterinary acupuncture. Hannah has spent time at the Palm Beach Equine Clinic in Wellington, USA, where she was involved in lameness and pre-purchase examinations. In her spare time she is an avid polo player, runner, and still enjoys producing young show jumpers. Hannah is looking forward to meeting you and your equine partners over the coming months. ... See MoreSee Less

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Freya and Oscar flying the Waterlane Equine flag at Dauntsey today, double clear and 6th in BE100 class. Well done to both. Over to Laura and Molly tomorrow! ... See MoreSee Less

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