Friday, 15 October 2010

Sherwood Equestrian Supplies StormTrooper Boots.

We recently received an interesting 'thank you' letter enclosing photographs of some riding boots purchased by one of our customers.

In her spare time, Samantha Jones is an Officer in the Imperial Army of Stormtroopers, part of the UK Garrison, which in turn, is part of a worldwide costuming group called the 501st Legion.

Over 300 costumed members belong to the UK Garrison, appearing at various events around the country for a charitable donation. Primarily supporting Make a Wish Foundation and MediCinema, they also support local or small scale charity events to help boost their fundraising.

Samantha says that the Stormtroopers are often invited to help promote various media events such as film screenings and celebrity appearances. As a no-profit group, donations are put in their charity 'pot'.

Lucasfilm has generously allowed the group to operate using the StarWars 'Intellectual Property' in order to raise funds for communities and charities, enabling the volunteers to enjoy their hobby to its full extent, whilst raising money for worthy causes.

Their web site, www.ukgarrison.co.uk, has a lot more information.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Common Skin problems in Horses

There are a number of common skin conditions and a horse's coat is a good indicator of poor health, or possibly one of the conditions listed below:-

Mud Fever
Most common in Mid Winter. Not caused by mud. Easy to spot usually on lower legs and belly.

Symptoms are:
  • Lesions and scabs with possible discharge,
  • Hair loss,
  • Heat,
  • Swelling and discomfort.
Caused by constant wetting of the skin which causes a breakdown of the protective barrier of the epidermis. This allows bacteria to enter and infection to take hold.

Treatment is mainly keeping the skin dry and clean. The horse may have to be stabled away from the mud and wet outside.

The treatment may include dealing with the specific organisms under the scabs. These therefore have to be lifted and removed at the beginning. Area should be washed using a mild disinfectant such as chiorhexidine, iodine wash, surgical scrub. or use a medicated shampoo. Rinse well and dry thoroughly.

There are several creams and lotion that may help such as Zinc, Caster Oil, Lead Acetate and several others. These can all play a part.

Ringworm

This is an infection of the skin and hair and is caused by a fungus. It can be passed between animals and humans.

Symptoms appear as scaly areas and small crusted spots. It also appears as circular scaly areas of skin. It can appear with or without hair loss.
  • Treatment can be by anti-fungal shampoos and washes.
  • All equipment should also be thoroughly disinfected.
Urtocaria

This is an allergic response which causes unsightly lumps over large area of skin. Although unsightly it does not cause the horse discomfort.

It is generally caused by an allergy to something in the feed or environment.

Causes include:-
  • Feed,
  • Medication,
  • Supplements,
  • Change of Hay,
  • Insects,
  • Pollen and mould.
Treatment is to try and revert back to previous environments, feed or bedding.