Gotcha Equine News

Posted: Saturday, 21 April 2012.

ABC news - Rampant weeds giving wombats liver disease. Researchers think they have worked out why illness has been killing high numbers of southern hairy-nosed wombats in the Murraylands in eastern South Australia. The researchers have concluded native grasses have disappeared under pressure from a range of potentially-toxic plants, such as onion weed. "It's not just a skin disease, it's actually a liver disease. We've found that they've had severely scarred liver as a consequence of eating these plants." Dr Boardman said.

Posted: Sunday, 14 August 2011.
New online testimonial: Big Head 100% Reversed by Belinda Blass. In December 2010 my horse was diagnosed with signs of big head disease. The swellings on each side of her head were extremely large and appeared over a matter of weeks. She was reluctant to go forward and spent hours each day standing around with an extremely depressed look in her eye. Her coat was dull. When she was ridden it was almost impossible to get her to canter and when she did she had very short, choppy strides. Apart from the facial swellings the other signs I mentioned appeared twelve months before she was diagnosed, however, as I was unaware of the early signs of big head disease I thought that she was just being difficult to ride and not wanting to go forward.

Posted: Sunday, 31 July 2011.
New online testimonial: From 'Work in Progress' to Now by Des Miller. When I was asked to do a follow-up story by Gotcha Equine on my horse Prudence, I was happy to oblige as I have so much to tell from the last time I did a story back in October, 2010. If the results from using the Gotcha Equine supplements were positive back then after some months of use, they are even more evident now ten months later. As most of you will know from reading her story, Pru has not been the easiest horse to own. Very sensitive, quick on her feet, herd bound, spooky, and always tense in her gaits and work. After speaking with Lucy last year, I put Pru on the Gotcha Equine supplements, and she has been on them religiously and without fail. The main changes I have seen are as follows...

Posted: Wednesday, 25 May 2011.
New online article: How the Seasons can affect some Horses by Lucy Prior. Have you ever noticed at certain times of the year your horse's behaviour can vary or they have been ill? For horses grazing on grass, the changes in the seasons mean quite big changes in the grass and living conditions. Here are a few explanations and tips that can help you overcome some of these issues.

Posted: Monday, 18 April 2011.
ABC's Catalyst - Thunderstorm Asthma. "Cenk Suphioglu identified the role Rye Grass plays in Melbourne's thunderstorm asthma epidemics. You can see the anther popped out to release the pollen, so on days like this, during hay-fever season, they actually pop out and they release the pollen which gets picked up by winds and taken for long distances. In fact, during a thunderstorm, half a tonne of pollen per hectare can take flight. But while it may inflict hay-fever in urban areas, something else is needed to trigger thunderstorm asthma. So what are these smaller particles and how are they released into the air? Cenk's team answered that by studying what happened when Rye Grass pollen was exposed to the moisture in thunderstorms."

Posted: Monday, 18 April 2011.
New online testimonial: Duke - A New Horse. I bought Duke in early January, 2010. When I went to try him he was a calm, unflappable horse who seemed to take everything in his stride. My mother and I brought him home and put him in a large paddock with lots of feed because he was a little skinny. The first few times I rode him, he was just as good as when I looked at him but he soon deteriorated and every time I caught him, he would try to bite me. One time he even reared up and started lashing out at me with his front legs. It was like he thought I was a ghost.

Posted: Monday, 21 March 2011.
New online testimonial: Juno the Fussy Eater. I started hard feeding Juno as he came to me in the winter. I was giving him lots of feed, mainly bulk, however he was not putting on any weight, if anything he was losing weight. What to do? If I increased his Lucerne, he would lose even more weight so I started playing around with his feed. I quickly realised I could not feed him big feeds as he just would not eat it all. I went on to processed feed and if it was too sweet he would not eat it, pellets he just did not like and cubes were a no go. So I decided just to go plain feeds such as oaten chaff, barley and a little Lucerne and made up my own combination of feed, specifically tailored for him.

Posted: Sunday, 06 March 2011.
New online testimonial: Anhydrosis (Puffing or Dry Coat). Rocky was foaled in Victoria but moved to Darwin at the age of three. We purchased Rocky in May, 2009, at the age of six. His previous owner hadn't worked him a great deal but in the time she did, she noticed that he did 'puff' quite a bit. She said she had tried various remedies but to no avail. Toward the end of 2009, as we worked him more and the weather became hotter, it became clear that Rocky had anhydrosis. At one point at the end of 2009 he stopped sweating all together.

Posted: Thursday, 24 February 2011.
New online testimonial: Barry's Back Competing! Barry was broken-in in March, 2009, at four years of age and quietly worked through the winter, attending some winter clinics. After shedding the winter woollies and going from the ugly duck to a beautiful swan, he was shown three times in August for a promising start with three Champions and one Supreme. Things looked good for his newcomer season. On the 1st of September things started to crash with Barry starting to get a bit scratchy, a subtle lameness that would seem worse on corners and not real evident which leg it was. We decided to put a set of shoes on just in case he was feeling the ground as it had started to harden up after the winter.

Posted: Sunday, 03 October 2010.
Gotcha Equine's online store is now available for taking orders!: Our online store provides multiple payment options including credit card, bank transfer (EFT), cheque and money order. Our quickest payment method is credit card payments as orders transfer immediately for processing. EFT and cheque payments require bank clearance before orders can be shipped whilst money orders will be processed upon receipt. Our online store complies with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requirements through the National Australia Bank (NAB) transact payment gateway providing security and peace of mind. If you have any questions regarding our online store please contact Gotcha Equine.

Posted: Thursday, 30 September 2010.

When I first started Casper on the Gotcha Equine range he improved dramatically, but being the sceptical person that I can be I had to push the boundaries and test the theory out. My poor horse Casper was the guinea pig for my experiments. One thing I did that was invaluable in this process was to keep a diary of any changes and subsequent reactions, even if there was no reaction. I recorded what I did and then how he was to ride, or just general changes in behaviours. It is interesting to note that it takes Casper approximately three weeks to have a reaction to any changes.

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