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How to videos...

Here are some shorts videos to help you manage the well-being of your horse.

Taking a horse's temperature

A horse's temperature is a vital indicator of its state of health. If you suspect your horse or pony may be unwell, it can be very helpful to tell the vet its temperature when booking an appointment. Here is a quick guide on how to take a temperature safely. As Mitch explains, a healthy range is between 37.5 and 38.5 degrees.

Applying a foot poltice

When applying a foot poltice, use elastoplast tape wound in a figure of 8 pattern around the hoof and over the poltice (with plastic side on the outside) and use the tape to lock it into place.  

Checking the third eyelid

The ‘third eyelid’ is located within the inside corner of the horse's eye. It lifts as the eye retracts and helps to protect the eye from trauma.  


They can be susceptible to squamous cell carcinomas, the second most common tumour in horses, and the most common tumour in the equine eye.

Checking the horse's back for any issues

Nikita shows how to check if you're horse has any tightness along its spine.

Lumps & insect bites

Here Mitch shows a few different types of lumps and possible causes.

The best time to check your horse daily for lumps and bumps when grooming them. If you find a lump, keep an eye on it, particularly if it gets any larger over time.

Things to look out for:

  • raised hair

  • signs of scratching in the area

  • swelling

  • discharge

If you are are worried about a lump on your horse, it’s always best to call us at Illawarra Equine Centre and make an appointment for our Vets to come out and have a look.

Nutritional Analysis & Diet Plans

As part of our nutritional services we analyse the horse’s current diet and prescribe a tailored diet plan that may save you money while ensuring the horse has the correct balance of minerals, vitamins and energy for its needs and stage in life.

A diet plan is particularly beneficial for:

  • foals, weanlings & young horses

  • starting or coming back into work

  • training and competing

  • pregnant and lactating mares

  • spelling and resting horses

  • prone to laminitis

  • recovering from illness

  • retired and senior horses

 .... more coming soon! 

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