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Saturday, 28 March 2020

OPINION: Equestrian Life During Covid-19



First up, this is my opinion. I do not expect everyone to agree, wholly or partly, with it, and I do not criticise, berate, thinking negative, or anything similar, to those who have a different opinion to my own. Secondly, this was written between 26th & 28th March, so any reference to restrictions, advice or recommendations, be will reflective of what was correct at that point in time. I don’t intend to keep the post up to date retrospectively. Finally, this is my thoughts of Covid-19 in the equestrian world – it is not my opinion on the way in which any authority has acted, decisions that have been taken at a national level, nor does it represent my professional views or views of my employer. That’s critical to consider, given I work in a very heavily affected travel sector…

Friday, 20 March 2020

Equine Gastric Ulcers: One Year On


A little over a year ago, Louie almost overnight changed behaviourally. I knew something was wrong, but I didn't know what. A quick phone call to our vet, and I was booked in for a gastric scope. It was hard to believe that he would present with ulcers as he had no other common symptoms, but I went to omit them from any potential issues. I'm so glad I did, as a brief overnight stay and scoping the following morning revealed grade 2 & 3 ulcers. If you didn't already know that, I've got a blog post from last February sharing our story of diagnosing gastric ulcers.
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