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Some breeds of horse will be coping better with the cold weather than others. Our friend Gazza has no problems being a rotund Norwegian Fjord, and isn’t letting a bit of snow get in the way of his grazing (obviously he’s the one with his head down)!


Have a look at our older blog postings on how to deal with equines and cold weather, or if you have any concerns about equines you think are genuinely suffering in this weather, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

https://equinerescuefrance.wordpress.com/2008/12/03/winter-care-for-your-equine/

https://equinerescuefrance.wordpress.com/2009/01/07/its-freezingbut-is-my-horse-cold-too/

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A few hours ago we waved goodbye to Gazza (Gasparin), a pony taken in by us when his owners thought there was no other option for him but the abattoir. Gazza was severely overweight and was suffering from laminitis when we collected him, he could barely walk anywhere and spent most of his first few days with us laid down. He was put on a carefully controlled diet and with time, having had his overgrown feet attended to, we were able to start gently exercising him.

Gazza has now been adopted by Linda from the Correze and will be living with her lovely mare Beleza, who sadly lost her old companion a short while ago….as had Gazza in his previous home.  We look forward to hearing all about how Gazza gets on in his new life and we feel privileged to have been able to help such a kind and gentle pony.

Waiting for his new mum to arrive....

Waiting for his new mum to arrive....

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Bye Gazza.......see you soon

Bye Gazza.......see you soon

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An important part of equine care is routine dental checks by a qualified equine dentist. This should be done annually but depends on your equines age and needs. Today Gazza had a visit from Equine Dental Technician, Peter Smith (BAEDT).

An initial look at Gazza's incisors

An initial look at Gazza's incisors

After rinsing out Gazza’s mouth with an anti-bacterial wash to rid all the bits of food, Peter gently put the speculum mouth  gag on Gazza. This gag causes no pain to the equine and allows the dentist to attend to the molars at the back of the mouth, it is almost impossible to do any work without this vital piece of equipment.

Now that Peter could see and feel right into Gazza’s mouth it was apparent that poor Gazza had some very wide and sharp molars at the back that had caused indentations on the inside of his cheeks. The most efficient way of rasping these  is with a motorised float, not all horses will tolerate this unsedated but our Gazza was a star!

The power tools in action...

The power tools in action...

Hopefully Gazza will now feel much more comfortable when he eats and when ridden. To understand why it is important to have your equines teeth attended to please read the article on the blog here.

We have some exciting news coming up soon for Gazza so keep checking the blog for updates……

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Gazza has now started some gentle work with us. Starting off with long reining in the round pen, then we progressed to a wander round the orchard…

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