Discount Horse Supplies
Vet Products Direct has a huge range of horse supplies including wormers, first aid needs, supplements, grooming products, muscle and joint treatments and more. Vet Products Direct is owned and run by a team of qualified veterinary surgeons who ensure we only stock quality products backed by knowledgeable service and great prices.
Just like humans, horses can also suffer from anxiety. Commonly, horses suffer from separation anxiety and performance anxiety. Separation anxiety is relatively common in horses and can be overcome by keeping bonded horses together or close enough so that they can see one another. A horse suffering from separation anxiety may be unwilling to eat or drink, or demonstrate behaviours such as pacing, pawing or rearing and bucking. If you cannot avoid circumstances where your horse may experience separation anxiety, they may benefit from supplementation with a product such as 4 Calming Paste or Ranvet Calm Paste to help them in the interim.
Diet & Nutrition
When used appropriately, supplements can help contribute to good overall health, prevent illness and disease and give your horse an extra energy boost. Vet Products Direct stocks a wide range of dietary and nutritional supplements for horses to help keep them healthy and strong.
Horses may benefit from extra supplementation, particularly with carbohydrates, if their hay is of poor quality. A protein supplement is recommended for horses that have a heavy workload, those that participate in high level exercise, pregnant and lactating horses, weanlings and older horses. The above horses may also benefit from a fat supplement such as vegetable oil or rice bran.
When it comes to vitamins, whether or not a horse requires supplementation will depend on their circumstance, such as whether they are kept in their stalls for 24 hours a day or if they are stressed. Minerals play a vital role in a horse's diet and are a common additive. The most commonly added minerals are phosphorus, calcium and sometimes selenium. A trace mineral block is a good way to ensure your horse ingests enough minerals.
Specialty supplements are available for senior horses, to improve a horses joints, hooves or coat, anti-inflammatories, prebiotics, probiotics and digestive supplements.
Horses are renowned for being accident-prone and are also known for getting themselves into some interesting situations. As a horse owner, it is important to have a well-stocked first aid kit on hand so you can treat any minor injuries or stabilise more serious wounds while you wait for a veterinarian. Some essential items for your first aid kit include antiseptic products such as Betadine, chlorhexidine and a cream, powder or spray you can apply to wounds, bandages, absorbent padding, scissors, a thermometer, alcohol for sterilising instruments, sterile gloves, tweezers, a cold pack, syringes and hypodermic needles.
A regular grooming regime is essential for keeping the coat of your horse healthy and looking shiny (this is especially important for show horses). In addition, grooming your horse regularly has many benefits. The time taken to groom a horse can strengthen the relationship between a rider and their horse. Additionally, it enables you to regularly examine your horse for lumps, bumps, and injuries. Overall, grooming plays an important role in keeping your horse physically and mentally healthy. That is why it is so important to have the right tools for the job. Keep your horse or pony healthy and looking good with our huge range of grooming products.
When your horse is stomping their legs, tossing their head and wriggling their skin to minimise fly and bug attacks on his body, it’s time to reach for the spray bottle of insecticide to improve their comfort. Considering all the options out there, it is difficult to know what will work best. To determine what works for your horse, you often have to go through trial and error.
Remember that many of these contain harsh chemicals, which may irritate your horses' skin. You should always perform a small patch test on your horse and leave it for 24 hours to ensure that they are not allergic. The most common parasites that affect horses are ticks, lice, worms and bots.
Muscle & Joint Care
Joint supplements for horses provide additional nutritional support to help them maintain healthy and comfortable joint function. Throughout the year, your horse's joints may face many challenges. During the winter, limited turnout means he's likely to move less, and when colder temperatures combine with this, stiffness results. If the ground isn't hard, then it's wet, which can cause more road work as well as increased concussive forces on the joints. During the summer, hard ground can also be unavoidable if you are not in a riding school.
Weight loss, diarrhoea, fatigue, an itchy rear end, and an off-colour coat are common signs that a horse needs to be wormed. A good practice when it comes to horse worming is to not wait for signs of infection, but to have an effective deworming strategy in place.
Almost all horse owners know that worms can cause serious health problems for their animals. Before you begin a deworming routine for your horse, however, there are a few things you should consider.
It is recommended that you worm your horses every other month and alternate the types of wormer you use. While this approach is good for most horses, it may not be suitable for your horse.
Having your veterinarian perform a faecal egg count reduction test is the most accurate way to determine how often your horse needs to be wormed. By following your veterinarian's recommendations, you are likely to more effectively prevent worm infestations and save money on wasted treatments.
Shop Our Range of Quality Supplies for Horses
VetProductsDirect stocks a range of quality supplies for horses from some of the top brands including 4Cyte, Virbac, Kentucky Equine Research and Joseph Lyddy. We only sell products that we are willing to use personally on our pets, which is why our team of veterinary surgeons and animal health professionals personally approve all items we sell.
With a team of veterinarians and customer service staff on hand to answer any questions you have about our products, you can shop with confidence knowing you are getting the best price on reputable products. You can reach our team during business hours via email [email protected], or by phoning 1300 838 776.