New Supplement available at Priors Farm We are now stocking BozMerix, a unique nutraceutical supplement formulated to support your horse’s natural anti-oxidant system and help relieve orthopaedic pain Can be fed to horses of all ages, for those suffering stiffness or joint pain, in low level or competition work, or for horses undergoing surgery or post surgery rehabilitation. . The supplement is formulated from 4 natural ingredients: - Curcuma Longa (derived from Turmeric) – natural anti-inflammatory properties. - ASU (Avocado/Soyabean unsaponifiable) – maintains healthy joint cartilage. - Omega 3 – gives structural support to joint cells. Studies have shown that horses develop longer trot stride length when their diet is supplemented with Omega 3. - Boswellia Serrata (from tree sap) – natural anti-inflammatory properties. Works in combination with the Curcuma Longa. BozMetrix supplement is sugar free and is kind on the gut so can be given to horses and ponies with sensitive stomachs or low sugar diets. The supplement is ‘free from prohibited substances’ (FFPS) so can be used in competition horses. Available from Priors Farm at £75.18 per tub (2 month supply for horses at rest or low work, 1 month supply if on hard exercise or following surgery) Please call the office on 01342 823011 if you would like more information.
**ACORN TOXICITY** Acorns and other parts of the oak tree including leaves, stems and blossom contain tannins, which, when ingested, can be poisonous to horses. The toxin causes damage to the gut resulting in colic and/or severe diarrhoea. In severe cases tannin poisoning can also cause damage to the liver and kidneys. Horses and ponies will generally avoid eating acorns because they are not particularly palatable … although some do develop a taste for them! As a general rule ingesting small quantities of acorns is not a risk to most horses; however, prevention is always better than cure, so we recommend our clients try to prevent their horses from grazing on pasture where acorns are readily available, or pick up as many of the dropped acorns as possible. As always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch!
TOXIN TUESDAY – SYCAMORE POISONING Sycamore seeds contain variable quantities of the toxin hypoglycin-A and ingestion of enough of this toxin will cause muscle damage in horses. If enough toxin is ingested then horses develop a disease called “atypical myopathy” and this disease is usually fatal. . It often results in death because the main muscles affected by sycamore poisoning are those which help your horse stand up and breathe. Sycamore poisoning is most commonly seen in the autumn and during bad weather/storms when large numbers of seeds fall from the sycamore trees and horses seek shelter underneath these trees; Horses may then eat the helicopter-shaped seeds which fall onto grazing areas. Some signs that you may notice if your horse has developed sycamore poisoning are things such as weakness, muscle tremors, dark red/brown coloured urine and an inability for your horse to get up if lying down. It is important to remember that the amount of toxin varies between seeds (and may vary between individual trees and years) and therefore the vast majority of horses who eat sycamore seeds do not develop atypical myopathy. Sycamore trees are after all a very common tree found near or in fields where horses graze. However If you think your horse may have developed atypical myopathy then please contact us immediately on 01342 823011 as fast treatment may save your horse’s life! To prevent sycamore poisoning we recommend you try and minimise the number of sycamore seeds landing on your pasture. This is more easily said than done so being aware of the clinical signs noted above is very important. Please be particularly vigilant especially when the weather is bad in the autumn!
**Toxin Tuesday!** Look out for our posts over the next few weeks which will cover toxins which horses may encounter during the Autumn months.
**Bank Holiday Opening Times** For emergencies please phone our usual office number 01342823011. We hope everyone has a lovely bank holiday weekend, please see below our opening times. Saturday 24th August - Closed (Emergency Service Only) Sunday 25th August - Closed (Emergency Service Only) Monday 26th August - Closed (Emergency Service Only) Tuesday 27th August – 8:30am to 5:30pm
** Advance Notice Road Closure UPDATE** The planned Bridge Works on Priory Road starting on Monday 29th July 5 weeks. For the duration of the works the practice will be accesable. Please see directions below. To access the practice from Forest Row follow the A22 heading towards the Wych Cross crossroads, take the turning on the right onto Hindleap lane. Follow the road for approximately 1 mile . At the cross roads turn right onto Priory road. The road is open for access only, go round the road closed sign and follow the road for approximately 1 mile. The entrance to the practice will be on your left. Please remember to leave extra time when travelling to the practice. We are sorry for any inconvenience. For further information please call the office on 01342823011.
** Advance Notice Road Closure** There are planned Bridge Works on Priory Road starting today for 5 weeks. For the duration of the work Priory Road will be closed between Forest Row and the practice, there will be diversions in place throughout the planned works. To access the practice from Forest Row follow the A22 heading towards the Wych Cross crossroads, take the turning on the right onto Hindleap lane. Follow the road for approximately 1 mile . At the cross roads turn right onto Priory road and follow the road for approximately 1 mile, the entrance to the practice will be on your left. Please remember to leave extra time when travelling to the practice. We are sorry for any inconvenience. For further information please call the office on 01342823011.
We hope you have been enjoying the sunshine and impressive displays of lightening! During the warmer weather it is important to feed your horse electrolytes to replenish what they lose during sweating. Also access to fresh water throughout the day and a shady area for an afternoon nap!
**Cuteness alert** Late Monday night we welcomed a super cute, fluffy Shetland filly into the world. Despite initially needing some support and tubing with colostrum little one is doing brilliantly and both Mum and filly were out enjoying the summer sun yesterday! At Priors Farm we have a dedicated team of vets and nurses with extensive experience in breeding mares. As a BEVA accredited AI practice we aim to provide a tailored and individual service. We are now approaching the end of the breeding season, please do get in touch if you are thinking about breeding from your mare and would like to find out more information. Who would be interested in a Winter series of lectures and practical sessions on equine reproduction? Comment below...
** Advance Notice Road Closure** There are planned Bridge Works on Priory Road starting on the 29th July for 5 weeks. For the duration of the work Priory Road will be closed between Forest Row and the practice, there will be diversions in place throughout the planned works. To access the practice from Forest Row follow the A22 heading towards the Wych Cross crossroads, take the turning on the right onto Hindleap lane. Follow the road for approximately 1 mile . At the cross roads turn right onto Priory road and follow the road for approximately 1 mile, the entrance to the practice will be on your left. Please remember to leave extra time when travelling to the practice. We are sorry for any inconvenience. For further information please call the office on 01342823011.
**Special Offer** A big thank you to all those that showed interest in our free 400g Joint Supplement Trial. Stocks of the free 400g supplement have now finished; however, we are able to offer a 20% discount on our 850g Joint Supplement Elite until the 31st July 2019. Available at the discounted price of £83.26 instead of the normal price of £104.08 and will last 56 days for a 500kg horse (maintenance dose) . We believe that this is one of the best joint supplements available on the market today and has guaranteed concentrations of: Chondroitin Sulphate, Glucosamine HCL, MSM, Hyaluronic Acid and Boswellia Serrata. The supplement also has a palatability guarantee: If your horse does not eat it then you get your money back! For further information on all our supplements please go to www.priorsfarm.co.uk
**Allergies** We are currently seeing a large number of cases where horses are suffering with allergies, predominantly caused by the high levels of tree pollen. Typical symptoms include coughing, nasal discharge and swollen eyes. Here are a few simple changes you can make to reduce the irritation of allergies. 1) Moving to a dust free bedding such as paper and cardboard 2) Soaking hay to remove dust 3) Feed from the ground to allow mucus to drain 4) Ensure your horses stable is well ventulated
**FREE TRIAL** For a limited time we are offering a free trial of our Elite Joint Supplement. Specially formulated for competition horses, young horses and older horses on maintenance joint support it is one of the best joint supplements available. If you would like a free 400g trial tub which would last 53 days for a 500kg horse then please contact the office on 01342823011.
Laminitis can raise all sorts of questions. We have created a fact sheet with one of our more recent case studies. For more information call the office and speak to one of our vets.
We hope you all had a great bank holiday weekend in the sunshine. Now the weather is getting warmer don’t forget your horse needs access to fresh water and shady areas for an afternoon nap! They might appreciate some protection from the flies such as a fly mask, fly rug and fly repellent.
Priors Farm Equine Veterinary Surgery updated their status.
Easter Opening Times for the office. For emergencys please phone our usual office number 01343 823011. We hope everyone has a lovely easter please see below our easter opening times below. 🐣 Thursday 18th April - 8:30am to 5:30pm Friday 19th April - Closed (Emergency Service Only) Saturday 20th April - Closed (Emergency Service Only) Sunday 21st April - Closed (Emergency Service Only) Monday 22nd April - Closed (Emergency Service Only) Tuesday 23rd April - 8:30am to 5:30pm
Spring is in the air. Delighted to see this little one to arrive last night a little wobbly on his legs.
JOB OPPORTUNITY Priors Farm are looking for a new office receptionist to join our small friendly equine veterinary team. The practice is based in the lovely village of Forest Row on the edge of Ashdown Forest. The ideal candidate will have experience working in an office environment, will be numerate and have excellent communication skills with an exemplary telephone manner. They will also have the ability to work in a team and be able to multi-task. Some equine experience is essential. 8:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday. Salary commensurate with experience. Please submit CV and a covering letter to email@example.com or call 01342 823011.
Thank you to everyone that came along to our talk Tuesday night. We had a full house and we hope that everybody enjoyed Mary’s talk about the equine digestive tract.
*REMINDER* Evening talk hosted by Mary Davis The Equine Gut. A short lecture followed by anatomy dissection and discussion. At Priors Farm. Priory Road, Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5JD Tuesday 5th March 7pm Limited spaces still available so please register by calling 01342823011.
There have been an increased number of horses being identified with Equine Influenza (EI) and some of these have been identified in Sussex: 1. A group of 3 unvaccinated non-thoroughbreds on 11th February. 2. 1 single unvaccinated non-thoroughbred on 13th February. This is understandably causing real concern within the horse owning public. However there are some things that need to be carefully taken into consideration. The reasons that there are more horses being identified with EI are twofold: 1. There has been an increase in circulating EI in Northern Europe since the end of December 2018. The reason for this is unclear and could be down to many factors. There have been reported outbreaks in Ireland and certainly some of the current cases can be linked to the recent arrival of horses from Ireland. 2. EI is endemic in the UK. In other words it is found frequently in the horse population in the UK and as horse owners are now very aware of EI many more horses than normal are being tested for EI. It is a simple fact that the more horses that are tested the more cases of EI will be found. The Animal Health Trust (AHT) have never and still do not advise that any non-thoroughbred event be cancelled nor that there is any restriction of movement in non-thoroughbreds. They do advise that given the fact that there is more EI being identified that horse owners should be extremely vigilant in observing their horses for any signs of EI: dry, hacking cough, nasal discharge, raised temperature (over 38.5oC). One of the problems that have been highlighted by the current EI situation is that vaccinating horses against EI has not be adequate in the past. Most events have had rules stating that a horse should be vaccinated but then that rule is not enforced and passports are either not examined or horses are allowed to attend an event if not vaccinated. One of the worst outbreaks in the past few weeks was in Worcestershire where almost 20 horses have been affected. It is probable that the spread occurred due to horses meeting at an event and most of the effected horses were not vaccinated. There is no doubt that horses that attend an event or travel to mix with other horses should be vaccinated and in an ideal world ALL horses should be vaccinated if over 5 months old. For a horse to be declared fully vaccinated it must: 1. Have the first 2 primary vaccine boosters administered between 21 days and 92 days apart and then have 6 clear days following the second vaccination booster. This means that the horse can attend an event 7 days after the second booster vaccine. 2. A third vaccine booster must be given between 150 and 215 days. 3. An annual booster must be given within the calendar year. 4. Horses competing under FEI rules should be vaccinated every 6 months not annually. Although the above should provide protection for…
Equine Flu Update The British Horse Racing Authority (BHRA) last night lifted the ban on racing in the UK. The decision has not been taken lightly and they have implemented several measures to reduce the risk of any further outbreaks. These include enhanced biosecurity protocols at all race meetings and restrictions on movement of horses from some race yards that are deemed high risk. This in practical terms means that the current outbreak can be viewed as over. However it is very important that the equine world remains vigilant and horses are closely monitored for any signs of Equine Influenza (EI): a harsh, drying cough, nasal discharge and a raised temperature above 38.5oC. It is likely that in the light of the current outbreak more non-thoroughbred events will require horses travelling to an event are fully vaccinated against EI. If this is the case then the event organisers should inform any participants. There have been increased reports of EI across Northern Europe this year and therefore the risk of further outbreaks remains higher than at other times. Please be aware though that EI cases are reported in this country on almost a monthly basis as the disease in endemic in the UK. Please remain vigilant but it looks like we are returning to normal.
Equine Flu update A further 4 cases of Equine Influenza (EI) in vaccinated racehorses have been reported in Suffolk. The British Horse Racing Authority (BHRA) will be issuing a statement later today as to whether the ban on racing will be extended beyond Wednesday 13th February 2019. We can be reassured that due to the decisive decision of the BHRA to suspend racing last week all racehorses are currently in isolation. This has massively reduced the risk of EI spreading beyond the racing world. The advice from the Animal Health Trust (AHT) remains the same as yesterday in that the most important action the non-racing equine world can perform is to be extremely vigilant and look for any signs that a horse may have EI (a harsh, drying cough, nasal discharge and a temperature above 38.5 oC). It is being recommended that due to the heightened risk of EI spreading beyond the racing industry that horses that have not had a EI (flu) vaccine within the last 6 months would benefit from being re-vaccinated as this will maximise their chance of having protective immunity. Vaccination provides two main benefits: 1. They protect the individual horse and either stop that horse from contracting EI or reduce the clinical severity of the disease. 2. They reduce the amount of virus that an infected horse sheds. This reduces the chance of other horses contracting EI. For vaccinations to be most effective 70% of the horses that are in contact with each other (i.e. on the same yard/field or at the same event) need to be vaccinated. The AHT (and BEF) are not currently recommending that any non-racing equine event be cancelled.
Equine Flu Update A further 2 cases of Equine Influenza (EI) in vaccinated racehorses have been diagnosed at the same yard as the first cases reported on 4th February. A new case has been reported in Hertfordshire but this horse was not vaccinated and is not a thorough-bred. Very sadly in an unusual development there has been a reported fatality in a an outbreak of unvaccinated horses also in Suffolk. The horse was put down as it developed laminitis as a complication of EI. The clinical history of this case is not clear and there may have been a pre-existing condition that has meant that this horse developed much more severe EI than any of the other reported cases. This case does highlight the protective effects of having horses vaccinated against EI and why it is a real concern that 70% of horses in the UK have never been vaccinated against EI. The AHT is also recommending horse owners re-vaccinate their horse if their vaccination was carried out over 6 months ago, in order to maximise the chance of having protective immunity. There is no advice on which vaccine/s would be most effective and therefore all licensed EI vaccines in the UK are presumed to be equally effective. A vaccine can only get a licence in the UK if it can be demonstrated that it provides comprehensive protection against all known EI strains in the UK. The AHT have not recommended that any non-racing equine events are cancelled and this outbreak is still being considered a racing industry problem. Please remain extremely vigilant for any signs of EI in your horses: A harsh, dry cough, nasal discharge, lethargy and an increase in temperature (>38.5°c).