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Blue Cross Publishes New ‘Mary King Approved’ Practical Horse Care Guides

12 months ago

19th July, 2023 14h08

The Blue Cross

Blue Cross publishes new ‘Mary King approved’ practical horse care guides 

National Pet Charity Blue Cross has added three new practical horse care guides to its website to help horse owners keep their precious charges healthy and happy in the summer months. The guides, on keeping horses safe in summer, weight monitoring and atypical myopathy, join the charity’s extensive library of information on horse care.


“These new guides are brilliant,” said Blue Cross Equestrian Ambassador and Olympic champion event rider Mary King. “They have been written by Blue Cross’s highly knowledgeable welfare manager Ruth Court and make very useful reading for every type of horse owner. Ruth has chosen three important topics: keeping horses safe in hot weather and weight monitoring are very relevant for summer health and welfare while atypical myopathy is a dangerous disease that everyone should be aware of, no matter the time of year.”


Keeping horses safe in hot weather covers the dangers heat can present to horses and provides some essential tips to help keep horses cool when the temperature rises.


How to weigh a horse explains the benefits of regular weight monitoring, the methods of weighing a horse and some top tips for weight management.


Atypical myopathy (sycamore poisoning) in horses outlines the causes, signs and symptoms of this highly fatal disease and provides practical details about how you can help to prevent the risk for your horses.


Blue Cross horse advice can be found here

Blue Cross rehomes horses from its centres in Burford, Oxfordshire and Rolleston, Staffordshire as well as through its Home Direct scheme. 


If you need support, advice or guidance about giving up your horse please email [email protected] 


For details of Blue Cross horses looking for homes please visit



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