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Horse owners have so much to think about, caring and preparing their horses.

Your performance horse is almost certainly your pride and joy. They might also be your meal ticket.

Just like ageing athletes, older performance horses need additional and specialised care to ensure they remain at the peak of their powers for as long as possible.

Breeding performance horses is a complex business. And an expensive one.

Psychology professor Albert Mehrabian determined in his 1971 book “Silent Messaging” that 55% of human communication was achieved through body language. But to a horse, body language is everything.

Knowing exactly when to call a vet can be challenging for obvious reasons. Sometimes there will be obvious signs a horse is in distress – other times, not so much.

You can lead a horse to water … you know the saying. You can’t make it drink and you can’t make it eat either.

Foot abscesses can be extremely distressing for both horse and owner.

Gastric ulcers can affect horses of any age and are particularly common in thoroughbred racehorses.

Polo is a high-energy sport demanding endurance, discipline and skill from your performance horse.

Horses are extremely powerful and majestic yet sadly can be injury-prone animals.

Corneal ulcers are quite common in horses and while most respond well and quickly to treatment some horses can suffer complications, says Dr Ian Church.

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