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Below you will find answers to some of the most common questions we often get asked about horse ownership and assistance with purchasing horse rugs and tack. Feel free to leave your comments and suggestions.




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Horse Worming - New Thinking & Approach
Horse Worming - New Thinking & Approach
Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 | Views: 59601
Comments: 7

There is a good chance your deworming strategy needs updating. Just because you deworm your horse — and he’s shiny and in good weight — doesn’t mean he isn’t full of worms.

Dealing with Itchy Horses?
Dealing with Itchy Horses?
Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017 | Views: 28174
Comments: 12

What causes Queensland itch and what can I do to manage It? The usual cause of Queensland Itch is a hypersensitivity to the bites of sand flies (midges) of the species Culicoides. 

Why waterproofing in turnout horse rugs varies so much.
Why waterproofing in turnout horse rugs varies so much.
Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | Views: 22498
Comments: 1

Why does waterproofing in synthetic rugs vary so much? We hear many nightmare stories of synthetic rugs that just don’t perform and leak like a sieve. In many cases they are often leading brands that they have paid big $$ for.

Paddock Ripstop Horse Rugs - What makes a good horse rug last?
Paddock Ripstop Horse Rugs - What makes a good horse rug last?
Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Views: 22482
Comments: 3

Cotton is often desirable in horse rugs - but are you being mislead? A lot has changed over the last 10 years and you will be hard pushed to find a 100% cotton rip-stop horse rug.

Treating the Greasy Heel Condition in Horses
Treating the Greasy Heel Condition in Horses
Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | Views: 22210
Comments: 4

Another common condition you should be on the look out for with your horses is Greasy Heel. Also if you have used Heritage Downs Cream we would love to hear from you.

Is my horse too hot or too cold under his horse rugs?
Is my horse too hot or too cold under his horse rugs?
Posted: Friday, March 3, 2017 | Views: 22159
Comments: 4

Learning to read your horse for signs of discomfort is an easy skill to learn when rugging horses.

Setaria Grass and Big Head Syndrome in Horses
Setaria Grass and Big Head Syndrome in Horses
Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2017 | Views: 17974
Comments: 4

Setaria grass is fairly common in northern Australia and it can be problematic for horses.

Electrolytes for Horses
Electrolytes for Horses
Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | Views: 15000
Comments: 0

Horses that are not currently competing or engaged in difficult work will have less of a need for electrolyte supplementation than competitive horses and work horses.

Saddle Fitting Guide
Saddle Fitting Guide
Posted: Monday, October 12, 2015 | Views: 14414
Comments: 2

A well fitting saddle is the single most important element when it comes to riding your horse. An ill-fitting saddle can result in a sore-backed horse & an uncomfortable seat for the rider. A good fitting saddle puts the rider's weight in concert with the horse's centre of balance.

Addressing Colic in Horses
Addressing Colic in Horses
Posted: Saturday, November 8, 2014 | Views: 12682
Comments: 1

Colic is a common issue with horses that is often caused by overfeeding on grain and dry roughage. We have published this post to keep you informed about the prevention, cause and treatment.

Rain Scald and Horses
Rain Scald and Horses
Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 | Views: 11256
Comments: 2

Your horse is at risk for rain scald if he or she has skin damage, frequently gets soaked, or spends a lot of time with other horses that have risk factors for rain scald and carry the bacteria. 

Avoid a winter coat - when should I start rugging my Horse?
Avoid a winter coat - when should I start rugging my Horse?
Posted: Monday, January 2, 2017 | Views: 10909
Comments: 2

We get asked this question often. You will be surprised how early in the season you need to start. The reduction in the length of day light hours is a trigger for your horse to grow his Winter Coat

Horse Rug Colours and Insects
Horse Rug Colours and Insects
Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017 | Views: 10687
Comments: 2

Some horses get more attention from insects due to their colouration, and some horse rug colours are more likely to attract insects than others. 

The Value of Conformation in Horses
The Value of Conformation in Horses
Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012 | Views: 10613
Comments: 0

Having good conformation is more important for show horses than horses involved in other fields. Good conformation is ideal for work horses and athletic horses, but it is mainly important in terms of how it influences their performance and their health as opposed to the aesthetics.

Does your horse destroy their horse rug? What can you do?
Does your horse destroy their horse rug? What can you do?
Posted: Monday, August 24, 2015 | Views: 10481
Comments: 2

A guide on what you can do to minimise rug damage and insure you get the longest life from your horse rugs.

Ideal Horse Nutrition
Ideal Horse Nutrition
Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 | Views: 10323
Comments: 1

There is no diet that will work equally well for all horses. Some horses will be able to get a decent diet from grazing with only some supplementation, while other horses will require more supplementation.

Using Under Rugs – Wool or Cottons?
Using Under Rugs – Wool or Cottons?
Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 | Views: 9772
Comments: 2

Selecting suitable rugs for your horses can come down to a number of factors. Even a horses temperament is something that needs to be considered. Let us take the guess work out of it for you.

Feeding Your Horse Oil
Feeding Your Horse Oil
Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 | Views: 9104
Comments: 3

Your horse may get important health benefits from a dietary consumption of oil. Soybean oil may be one of the best oils for your horse in terms of health and economics, despite the popularity of corn oil.

Preventing Static with Horse Rugs
Preventing Static with Horse Rugs
Posted: Monday, January 4, 2016 | Views: 8621
Comments: 8

You and your horse will have more encounters with static electricity on dry days than on humid days. Choosing the right horse rugs, and adopting the right personal habits can help reduce your and your horse's problems with static electricity.

Leather Care
Leather Care
Posted: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 | Views: 8284
Comments: 0

A simple guide to caring for your leather saddles, bridles, boots, browbands  and other leather equestrian tack.

Trimming Your Horse's Feet
Trimming Your Horse's Feet
Posted: Thursday, December 24, 2015 | Views: 7985
Comments: 10

Barefoot trimming, according to its advocates, will allow your horse to develop the hoof shape it would achieve by living in the wild, thus giving your horse the mobility and stability of a horse in its natural environment.

Horse Rug Maintenance
Horse Rug Maintenance
Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017 | Views: 7898
Comments: 2

Horse rugs are subject to wear and tear from regular use throughout a season. A good maintenance routine will help extend the life of your horse rugs.

Show Horse Grooming
Show Horse Grooming
Posted: Monday, March 19, 2012 | Views: 7413
Comments: 0

Grooming your horse is an ongoing commitment, but show horses may require some special grooming as their shows approach. Following the right procedures just before horse shows can improve your chances of success.

Horse rugging for show preparation
Horse rugging for show preparation
Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2015 | Views: 7372
Comments: 0

Rugging your horse for show preparation takes some forward planning to insure your horses coat is looking it best in the ring. Their are a variety of different horse rugs and techniques to insure you have success.

Winter Coats - How to remove them.
Winter Coats - How to remove them.
Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | Views: 6988
Comments: 3

A few hints and tips to removing a horse's winter coat...

Feeding An Elderly Horse
Feeding An Elderly Horse
Posted: Sunday, December 28, 2014 | Views: 6415
Comments: 0

The use of winter horse rugs can save you money and help your horse maintain his or her heath as it gets colder, particularly if you have a senior horse.

Equine Embryo Transfer. Is it an option for you?
Equine Embryo Transfer. Is it an option for you?
Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 | Views: 6210
Comments: 0

Horse owners that choose equine embryo transfer can help their mares have healthy foals in a way that grants them some increased flexibility. Equine embryo transfer is a costly but often rewarding procedure for many horse owners.

Addressing Your Horse's Arthritis
Addressing Your Horse's Arthritis
Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | Views: 6103
Comments: 0

Arthritis is a major problem for horses. The size of the horse joint supplement industry reflects this.

Helping Young Horses Adjust to Horse Rugs
Helping Young Horses Adjust to Horse Rugs
Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 | Views: 5771
Comments: 2

Horse owners need to recognize that their horses must be introduced to horse rugging carefully. You can help your horse become more comfortable with wearing horse rugs by putting the horse rug on carefully and gradually the first time.

Expert Tips on Shampooing Your Horse
Expert Tips on Shampooing Your Horse
Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012 | Views: 5574
Comments: 0

Hygiene is important when it comes to your livestock. Here are some few basic tips for getting the most out of shampooing your horse.

Back Pain in Horses
Back Pain in Horses
Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | Views: 5207
Comments: 0

Anyone that has ever experienced back pain knows how painful it can be.  Back pain is a relatively common problem for horses, and veterinarians have a great deal of experience treating it.

Extra options to protect your horse from fly's & insects
Extra options to protect your horse from fly's & insects
Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 | Views: 4001
Comments: 0

Add to your arsenal of fly and insect protection for your horse with some of these ideas...

A closer look at Chestnuts and Ergots
A closer look at Chestnuts and Ergots
Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Views: 3912
Comments: 0

Most horse people know that our horses have Chestnuts and not quite as many people know that they have Ergots on their legs. What are they and why do horses have them?

Visiting the Equine Dentist
Visiting the Equine Dentist
Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 | Views: 3786
Comments: 0

It's important to give your horse regular dental checkups, particularly if you suspect that he or she is having some difficulties with chewing or eating.

Which dog coat for my dog?
Which dog coat for my dog?
Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013 | Views: 2470
Comments: 0

Dog coatscome in all shapes and styles from cute slogan t-shirts to hooded fur-lined jackets and everything in between. In reality, most dogs don't need a coat, but certainly many truly appreciate them in the cooler months.

Horse Worming - New Thinking & Approach
Horse Worming - New Thinking & Approach...
Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 | Views: 59601
Comments: 7

There is a good chance your deworming strategy needs updating. Just because you deworm your horse — and he’s shiny and in good weight — doesn’t mean he isn’t full of worms.

Dealing with Itchy Horses?
Dealing with Itchy Horses?...
Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017 | Views: 28174
Comments: 12

What causes Queensland itch and what can I do to manage It? The usual cause of Queensland Itch is a hypersensitivity to the bites of sand flies (midges) of the species Culicoides. 

Why waterproofing in turnout horse rugs varies so much.
Why waterproofing in turnout horse rugs varies so much....
Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | Views: 22498
Comments: 1

Why does waterproofing in synthetic rugs vary so much? We hear many nightmare stories of synthetic rugs that just don’t perform and leak like a sieve. In many cases they are often leading brands that they have paid big $$ for.

Paddock Ripstop Horse Rugs - What makes a good horse rug last?
Paddock Ripstop Horse Rugs - What makes a good horse rug last? ...
Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Views: 22482
Comments: 3

Cotton is often desirable in horse rugs - but are you being mislead? A lot has changed over the last 10 years and you will be hard pushed to find a 100% cotton rip-stop horse rug.

Treating the Greasy Heel Condition in Horses
Treating the Greasy Heel Condition in Horses...
Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | Views: 22210
Comments: 4

Another common condition you should be on the look out for with your horses is Greasy Heel. Also if you have used Heritage Downs Cream we would love to hear from you.

Is my horse too hot or too cold under his horse rugs?
Is my horse too hot or too cold under his horse rugs?...
Posted: Friday, March 3, 2017 | Views: 22159
Comments: 4

Learning to read your horse for signs of discomfort is an easy skill to learn when rugging horses.

Setaria Grass and Big Head Syndrome in Horses
Setaria Grass and Big Head Syndrome in Horses...
Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2017 | Views: 17974
Comments: 4

Setaria grass is fairly common in northern Australia and it can be problematic for horses.

Electrolytes for Horses
Electrolytes for Horses...
Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | Views: 15000
Comments: 0

Horses that are not currently competing or engaged in difficult work will have less of a need for electrolyte supplementation than competitive horses and work horses.

Saddle Fitting Guide
Saddle Fitting Guide...
Posted: Monday, October 12, 2015 | Views: 14414
Comments: 2

A well fitting saddle is the single most important element when it comes to riding your horse. An ill-fitting saddle can result in a sore-backed horse & an uncomfortable seat for the rider. A good fitting saddle puts the rider's weight in concert with the horse's centre of balance.

Addressing Colic in Horses
Addressing Colic in Horses...
Posted: Saturday, November 8, 2014 | Views: 12682
Comments: 1

Colic is a common issue with horses that is often caused by overfeeding on grain and dry roughage. We have published this post to keep you informed about the prevention, cause and treatment.

Rain Scald and Horses
Rain Scald and Horses...
Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 | Views: 11256
Comments: 2

Your horse is at risk for rain scald if he or she has skin damage, frequently gets soaked, or spends a lot of time with other horses that have risk factors for rain scald and carry the bacteria. 

Avoid a winter coat - when should I start rugging my Horse?
Avoid a winter coat - when should I start rugging my Horse?...
Posted: Monday, January 2, 2017 | Views: 10909
Comments: 2

We get asked this question often. You will be surprised how early in the season you need to start. The reduction in the length of day light hours is a trigger for your horse to grow his Winter Coat

Horse Rug Colours and Insects
Horse Rug Colours and Insects...
Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017 | Views: 10687
Comments: 2

Some horses get more attention from insects due to their colouration, and some horse rug colours are more likely to attract insects than others. 

The Value of Conformation in Horses
The Value of Conformation in Horses...
Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012 | Views: 10613
Comments: 0

Having good conformation is more important for show horses than horses involved in other fields. Good conformation is ideal for work horses and athletic horses, but it is mainly important in terms of how it influences their performance and their health as opposed to the aesthetics.

Does your horse destroy their horse rug? What can you do?
Does your horse destroy their horse rug? What can you do?...
Posted: Monday, August 24, 2015 | Views: 10481
Comments: 2

A guide on what you can do to minimise rug damage and insure you get the longest life from your horse rugs.

Ideal Horse Nutrition
Ideal Horse Nutrition...
Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 | Views: 10323
Comments: 1

There is no diet that will work equally well for all horses. Some horses will be able to get a decent diet from grazing with only some supplementation, while other horses will require more supplementation.

Using Under Rugs – Wool or Cottons?
Using Under Rugs – Wool or Cottons?...
Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 | Views: 9772
Comments: 2

Selecting suitable rugs for your horses can come down to a number of factors. Even a horses temperament is something that needs to be considered. Let us take the guess work out of it for you.

Feeding Your Horse Oil
Feeding Your Horse Oil...
Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 | Views: 9104
Comments: 3

Your horse may get important health benefits from a dietary consumption of oil. Soybean oil may be one of the best oils for your horse in terms of health and economics, despite the popularity of corn oil.

Preventing Static with Horse Rugs
Preventing Static with Horse Rugs...
Posted: Monday, January 4, 2016 | Views: 8621
Comments: 8

You and your horse will have more encounters with static electricity on dry days than on humid days. Choosing the right horse rugs, and adopting the right personal habits can help reduce your and your horse's problems with static electricity.

Leather Care
Leather Care...
Posted: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 | Views: 8284
Comments: 0

A simple guide to caring for your leather saddles, bridles, boots, browbands  and other leather equestrian tack.

Trimming Your Horse's Feet
Trimming Your Horse's Feet...
Posted: Thursday, December 24, 2015 | Views: 7985
Comments: 10

Barefoot trimming, according to its advocates, will allow your horse to develop the hoof shape it would achieve by living in the wild, thus giving your horse the mobility and stability of a horse in its natural environment.

Horse Rug Maintenance
Horse Rug Maintenance ...
Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017 | Views: 7898
Comments: 2

Horse rugs are subject to wear and tear from regular use throughout a season. A good maintenance routine will help extend the life of your horse rugs.

Show Horse Grooming
Show Horse Grooming...
Posted: Monday, March 19, 2012 | Views: 7413
Comments: 0

Grooming your horse is an ongoing commitment, but show horses may require some special grooming as their shows approach. Following the right procedures just before horse shows can improve your chances of success.

Horse rugging for show preparation
Horse rugging for show preparation...
Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2015 | Views: 7372
Comments: 0

Rugging your horse for show preparation takes some forward planning to insure your horses coat is looking it best in the ring. Their are a variety of different horse rugs and techniques to insure you have success.

Winter Coats - How to remove them.
Winter Coats - How to remove them....
Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | Views: 6988
Comments: 3

A few hints and tips to removing a horse's winter coat...

Feeding An Elderly Horse
Feeding An Elderly Horse...
Posted: Sunday, December 28, 2014 | Views: 6415
Comments: 0

The use of winter horse rugs can save you money and help your horse maintain his or her heath as it gets colder, particularly if you have a senior horse.

Equine Embryo Transfer. Is it an option for you?
Equine Embryo Transfer. Is it an option for you?...
Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 | Views: 6210
Comments: 0

Horse owners that choose equine embryo transfer can help their mares have healthy foals in a way that grants them some increased flexibility. Equine embryo transfer is a costly but often rewarding procedure for many horse owners.

Addressing Your Horse's Arthritis
Addressing Your Horse's Arthritis...
Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | Views: 6103
Comments: 0

Arthritis is a major problem for horses. The size of the horse joint supplement industry reflects this.

Helping Young Horses Adjust to Horse Rugs
Helping Young Horses Adjust to Horse Rugs...
Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 | Views: 5771
Comments: 2

Horse owners need to recognize that their horses must be introduced to horse rugging carefully. You can help your horse become more comfortable with wearing horse rugs by putting the horse rug on carefully and gradually the first time.

Expert Tips on Shampooing Your Horse
Expert Tips on Shampooing Your Horse...
Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012 | Views: 5574
Comments: 0

Hygiene is important when it comes to your livestock. Here are some few basic tips for getting the most out of shampooing your horse.

Back Pain in Horses
Back Pain in Horses...
Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | Views: 5207
Comments: 0

Anyone that has ever experienced back pain knows how painful it can be.  Back pain is a relatively common problem for horses, and veterinarians have a great deal of experience treating it.

Extra options to protect your horse from fly's & insects
Extra options to protect your horse from fly's & insects...
Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 | Views: 4001
Comments: 0

Add to your arsenal of fly and insect protection for your horse with some of these ideas...

A closer look at Chestnuts and Ergots
A closer look at Chestnuts and Ergots...
Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Views: 3912
Comments: 0

Most horse people know that our horses have Chestnuts and not quite as many people know that they have Ergots on their legs. What are they and why do horses have them?

Visiting the Equine Dentist
Visiting the Equine Dentist...
Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 | Views: 3786
Comments: 0

It's important to give your horse regular dental checkups, particularly if you suspect that he or she is having some difficulties with chewing or eating.

Which dog coat for my dog?
Which dog coat for my dog?...
Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013 | Views: 2470
Comments: 0

Dog coatscome in all shapes and styles from cute slogan t-shirts to hooded fur-lined jackets and everything in between. In reality, most dogs don't need a coat, but certainly many truly appreciate them in the cooler months.