Spring Worming

Recent freezing temperatures, and heavy frosts should have done the job of killing off any dormant parasites on your paddocks, so if you haven’t already done your spring worming, now is the time. If you dosed your horse with Pramox in Autumn, an Equest wormer now will address any issues with encysted small redworm – and if you didn’t use Pramox last time, a dose now will also get rid of tapeworm.

We’re all for tactical worming, so would recommend a faecal egg count (FEC) to give you an idea of your horses parasitic load, but don’t forget that FEC’s don’t show tapeworm burden or encysted small redworm infestation – hence our advice to treat your horse now. If you want to test, the saliva test from Equisal will show a tapeworm burden – let us know if you’d like us to order the kit for you – same goes for FEC test kits.

And finally, management is key in dealing with worms, so make sure you are clearing paddocks regularly, worming new horses (and keeping them off your fields) before integrating them with existing horses, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you need our advice about constructing a failsafe worming programme.

Introducing Chess Valley Equine’s 4-legged blogger

Many of you will have seen my pictures on the Chess Valley Equine Facebook page, but I thought I’d do the formal introductions here. My name is SuperTed, Ted to my friends, and I live with Olwen, bringer of food, supplier of scratches, and, although I haven’t yet experienced this side of her – provider of veterinary treatment. Apparently she’s a dab hand with a needle, but hopefully, she won’t feel the need to practice on me.

I was born on the 12th May 2017. My mother was rescued from a less than perfect situation before I was born, and had a few months of good food and management, so she was in good shape by the time I put in an appearance. Because of her poor start in life, I’ll need a bit more attention than most foals my age, for instance, I will need to be vaccinated earlier than most, as she wasn’t vaccinated. My field mate, who is much the same age as me, won’t have to be vaccinated until she’s 6 months old, as she will have immunity from her mothers milk. I’m not too thrilled about this, and I’d like to issue a timely reminder – check your horses vaccination schedules, and make sure you book them in for boosters in good time. They won’t thank you if they have to restart the course – 3 needles instead of 1…

This is just the start of my journey from foal to fully grown, healthy member of society. There will be lots to share throughout my journey, most of it useful information for the owners of other young horses, interspersed with a little bit of fun and games – foal style. Do keep popping back to see what I’m up to!

Wow! It’s hot out there!

Hot Amersham

Summer is a great time to enjoy your horse, but summer heat can be dangerous for horses, resulting in dehydration, lethargy, and general dullness. Severe heat stress can cause diarrhoea, or even colic.

1. Choose cooler turnout times.
2. Provide shade.
3. Create air movement.
4. Shower/ hose down your horse.
5. Provide fresh, cool water and an electrolyte source.
6. Slow down the work.
7. Stick to a schedule.
8. Avoid sunburn.
9. Clip horses with longer hair coats.
10. Know your horse and signs of heat stroke:-

Signs of heat stroke can include:

An elevated heart rate that does not return to normal in a reasonable period of time;
Excessive sweating or lack of sweating;
Temperature that persists above 38.5°C;
Depression and/or lethargy; and
Signs of dehydration: dry mucous membranes, poor capillary refill, and poor skin turgor.

If you are concerned that your horse is suffering from heat stroke, call your veterinary surgeon immediately and get your horse into a cooler environment. Your vet will advise on what to do whilst your are waiting for them to arrive.

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Does my horse have a cold? No! Its SPA-RAO!

Summer is here- but so is hayfever 🙁 Summer Pasture Associated Recurrent Airway Obstruction
Here are 5 possible symptoms to look for:

1. Nasal discharge
2. Cough
3. Breathlessness, tires easily
4. Headshaking
5. Increased respiratory rate or depth

For more information on RAO please read the full article- click here.

If you are ever in any doubt about any aspect of your horses health, do contact us-
we are here to help …24/7.

Spring is in the air, Laminitis doesn’t care- But We Do!

Spring is here, (well almost!), watch out for the early signs of LAMINITIS. Here are 5 symptoms to look for:

1. Quieter than normal
2. Reluctance to move forward
3. ‘Footy’ or ‘pottery’ when walking on hard ground
4. Hoof or hooves consistently feel warm to the touch
5. Reluctance to pick up one or more feet

For more information on laminitis please read the full article- click here.

If you are ever in any doubt about any aspect of your horses health, do contact us-
we are here to help …24/7.

Current Offers

We are here to help you and your horse and bring a new fresh approach to the care and welfare of your animals.

All of our equipment is state of the art and highly mobile. We can therefore undertake most investigations at your yard- saving you time and money in transport costs.

  • Refer a Friend

    • 10% off your next bill for you and your friend
    • see below for the full details
  • Free Visit Every Day

    • Monday to Friday.
    • Book at least 5 working days in advance
    • Within a 15 mile radius of HP7 0QF
    • The appointment time will be determined by the practice on the morning of your visit.
    • There is a minimum spend of £42 (incl. VAT).
  • Saturday Morning Visits

    • 9am to 12pm.
    • Must be pre-booked at least 24hrs in advance
    • Free visit offer does not apply
  • Hydrotherapy @ Shardeloes

    • Exclusive discount for all our clients
    • £20 per session

Emergencies 24/7 – 01494 259833

However- we are also very keen to discuss your individual requirements in order to help you and your horses –
so please telephone us to discuss or if you prefer we can come to you.

Refer a Friend Offer – details

There’s no maximum number of people you can refer to us. For every friend you refer, you’ll get 10% off another visit – refer two friends, you therefore get 10% off each of your next two visits.

  1. Registered clients of Chess Valley Equine may refer their friends to us. The friend must not already have any horses registered with us, and our usual registration T&C apply.
  2. If two new clients refer each other, the first client to use us will be the referring client, and the second will be the new client. The new client will receive the 10% discount for their first visit, and the referring client will receive a credit on their account equivalent to 10% of the bill for their first visit.
  3. When the new client registers with us, they must tell us on the registration form the name of the person who referred them. Only one person may be listed as the referrer, and if more than one person is listed, only the first person will receive the discount.
  4. If the referring client’s account is overdue, we reserve the right to withhold the offer from both clients until the account is settled in full.
  5. The new client will receive 10% off the bill for their first visit (including visit fee, professional fees, drugs charges). However, they must settle their account on the day of the visit, otherwise the discount offer may be withdrawn from either or both clients.
  6. Once the new client has settled their account for their first visit, the referring client will be entitled to 10% off the bill for their next visit (within 12 months). Only one ‘refer-a-friend’ discount can be used per visit, so if a client successfully refers two clients, they will get 10% off the bill for each of their next two visits.
  7. The referring client’s discount will not be applied if the new client’s account is overdue at that time.
  8. This offer commences on 1 August 2011, and applies to referrals where the new client registers with us before 1 January 2012. This offer may be extended or withdrawn by us at any time.
  9. We reserve the right to withhold the offer from anyone we suspect of abusing it or seeking to use it on a commercial basis.

Practice of the Year – Nominee!

Chess Valley Equine Nominee Practice of the Year Petplan Veterinary Awards 2014

We are proud to announce that Chess Valley Equine has been nominated for the Petplan Practice of the Year Award 2014!

A huge Thank You to all our clients and friends for their continued support.

As always, we are here to help… 24/7

01494 259833

Winter Newsletter 2013

In this issue…

  • Merry Christmas!
  • New Office Manager
  • Win a First Aid Kit
  • Refer-a-Friend Offer
  • Veterinary Clinic (acupuncture)
  • Accounts


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

As we move ever closer to the end of the year, we would like to thank all of our clients, suppliers, family and friends for your continued support throughout 2013.  It has been another year of growth for us, where we have seen an increased client base and developed the practice further.  This has included refurbishing our treatment room and investing in new equipment to continue to offer you the highest in veterinary care whilst remaining true to our core values of Care, Value and Excellence.

continuing to help … 24/7                            01494 259833


New Office Manager: Katie Daines

We have now employed a dedicated Office Manager, Katie Daines, to assist with our client’s every day needs.  With the addition of Katie, who has a wealth of equine experience, we will continue to provide a friendly, efficient and transparent service- where having direct contact with your vet is still of the utmost importance to us.

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Win a First Aid Kit: Tell us how we’re doing

In order to help us continue to offer a first class personable service – please let us know how we are doing- Good and Bad.

We have a very short online survey.  It is confidential- you do not have to leave your name but if you do – you will be entered into our free prize draw to win an Equine First Aid Kit.


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Refer a Friend

10% off your next visit

* See website for full terms and conditions      

Don’t forget our continuing refer-a-friend offer: so both you, our clients, and your friends, can share in our success.


We rely on you, our valued clients, to let your friends know when we’ve done a great job. The highest compliment you can pay us is to recommend us to your family and friends.



This Month’s Veterinary Clinic:  Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be used as a complementary veterinary treatment for horses, and other animals, amongst other things it can provide pain relief and generally improve a horses’ well-being. Treatment involves stimulation of specific points of the body using very fine, solid needles. It causes inhibition of pain pathways and stimulates the release of pain relieving chemicals in the brain and spinal cord. Acupuncture is an act of veterinary surgery and so can only be performed by a vet.

Olwen is a member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists and regularly provides acupuncture sessions for our clients.


This stimulation can generate many responses within an individual. It can affect muscle, the circulatory, digestive, reproductive and urinary systems, as well as anti-body and hormone production.


Conditions which can respond to acupuncture include: back pain, both acute and chronic; lameness – tendonitis, sesamoiditis, laminitis and navicular disease; COPD; chronic gastrointestinal disease (unresolved diarrhoea or constipation); post viral fatigue; paralysis or muscle spasm; behavioural problems and infertility.

A course of treatment usually consists of weekly treatments for a minimum of four weeks then gradually extending the time between treatments to a maintenance level which is different for each individual.

At Chess Valley Equine we use a Western Scientific approach to acupuncture treatments and find that where it is used, either alone or in combination with other therapies, our results are very good. Unfortunately there are a small number of individuals and conditions that will not respond to acupuncture. Please contact us for more information on all the services we can offer.

www.chessvalleyequine.com  –  info@chessvalleyequine.com  –  01494 – 259833



 Accounts and Billing

The subject none of us like to discuss.  In order for us to continue to provide the best possible service to you please ensure your bills are paid promply.  Our payment terms are 14 days from the date of invoice. From the 1st January 2014, we will be applying a £20 administration charge to all overdue accounts.


We understand that some people may find it difficult to settle their bill on time – so please call us to discuss so that we may be able help.


It is possible to set up a standing order with us – in order to build up credit.  This is particularly helpful if you are on a budget.  Please call the office to find out how this may work for you.



As always we are here to help … 24/7

01494 259833