Dolly’s Dream – Dreaming Under The Stars

Charity Auction – 1st June 2018:  Embryo Transfer Package

Many of the staff and clients of Central West Equine have children, know children or have contact with young people in some way and so the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Amy “Dolly” Everett has hit very close to home.
We have chosen to support the Dolly’s Dream charity in their work towards creating positive change and help prevent the lives of other children being lost by donating an embryo transfer procedure to the charity auction at Dreaming Under The Stars.
This event will be held on the 1st of June 2018 at the Katherine Showground in the Northern Territory.  While this is a long way from New South Wales, the embryo transfer procedure is open to anyone and phone bidding is available on the night.

For more information on phone bidding please register for a bid card with Caila Simpson from Elders in Katherine on (08) 8972 2500.

The successful bidder will receive a recipient mare on lease, 45 days pregnant carrying an embryo created with the mare and stallion of their choice – typically worth $6,000.  So, if you are considering breeding this season this is a great way secure your embryo procedure and support this very worthy cause.  Even if your bid is unsuccessful – you will have helped to boost the bidding, increasing the donation amount for this admirable program.

For the specific inclusions/exclusions of the package being auctioned please click here.

Amy “Dolly” Everett was the victim of bullying and ended her young life at just 14 years of age. Dolly’s Dream has been established by her family and friends in her memory.
Dolly’s Dream will work to create positive change and help prevent the lives of other children being lost, and act as a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

For more information about the Dreaming Under The Stars event – contact Raine Holcombe on 0429750856.

For more information on Dolly’s Dream, find them on Facebook or email

Equilume Light Masks

Sick of cleaning stables and paying the huge electricity and feed bills when you stable your horse under lights? We now have a solution: Equilume Light Masks!

They work by using a low level of blue light to (in simple terms) trick the horse into thinking they are getting longer daylight hours, to inhibit hair growth, which gives you a year round Summer coat!

In recent years, this has been achieved by stabling the horse under lights, or clipping throughout Autumn and Winter. You now have a convenient solution- the mask is fully automated and can be left on in the paddock, or is easily removable for riding.

Or maybe you breeding a mare and want an early foal? Equilume can help with that too! Mares will begin to cycle earlier than they would without the mask. Horses are “long day breeders”, so will cycle in Spring and Summer. Equilume means you can kick start your breeding season and produce an early foal.

We were so impressed with them last year that we are now using them on our embryo transfer recipient mares, instead of putting them under lights as we have been previously.

The Equilume Light Mask ensures early reproductive activity for barren and maiden mares, reduces long gestation periods and increases average foal birth weights in early foaling mares. The huge advantage in management means the mares can stay in the paddock or yard 24 hours a day and the mask does the rest.

Other benefits of the light mask include:

  • Optimises stallion fertility early in the breeding season
  • Improves coat condition for competition horses or sales preparation
  • Permits outdoor maintenance for happier, healthier horses
  • Reduces stabling costs and injuries
  • Fully automated
  • Veterinary approved for optimum eye health

Equilume now have three different styles of masks available:

  • Belfield (Normal Design)
  • Curragh (Replaceable Cup)
  • Cashel (Rechargeable)

Frequently Asked Questions;

How they operate- The first time you use it, you must activate the light with the included wand at 4pm. The light will stay on for 7 hours, until 11pm. After the initial activation the mask is then automatic, until you deactivate it. It emits a low level blue light into the eye.

How long they will last- The original non rechargeable design lasts 5 months. The replaceable cup design lasts 4 months, and the rechargeable design lasts 55 charges, with each charge lasting 10 days.

How durable are they- We have found they wear really well and are very durable, even in paddock use. They come with a 90 day guarantee so if the horse breaks the mask or it is faulty, it is replaced.

Breeding mares- You put the mask on 90 days before you want to breed. We will be putting them on our embryo recipient mares on the 1st of July

We are NSW stockists and have masks in stock and ready for purchase- we can post them out too! Please contact the clinic for further information or to place an order.

For more information please call the office on (02) 6365 4363 or email

Hendra Update.

Hendra Vaccine Duration Of Immunity Increased To 12 Months.
The APVMA has just announced that the Hendra virus vaccine has now been approved to be delivered once every 12 months, following administration of the first two priming doses and a once-off, six-month booster. When interviewed by ABC News, EVA President Dr Ian Fulton said: “It was a good outcome for horse owners and will take pressure off veterinarians. We’ve known for some time that the duration of immunity scientifically would last 12 months and we knew that the documentation has been supplied to the regulatory authorities and we were just waiting for them to assess it.” AVA’s Hendra spokesperson, Dr Nathan Anthony agreed that the final approvals by the APVMA confirmed the vaccine’s safety, and said: “The APVMA have to consider safety as well as the effectiveness of any medication that they register and this announcement from the APVMA is further endorsement.”

Would you recognize PPID (Equine Cushing’s disease) in your horse or pony?

What is all the current talk about PPID (Equine Cushing’s disease)?  Today, Equine Cushing’s Disease is often more accurately described as PPID (Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction) and is a common hormonal dysfunction in horses.  It can affect as many as 1 in 7 horses and ponies over the age of 15 but can occasionally be seen in younger horses too!

In horses affected by PPID, the pituitary gland produces an excess of hormones which can cause imbalances in a number of your horse’s normal bodily functions.  This can cause a whole range of problems that vary in severity according to how far the disease has progressed.

What should you be watching out for?

PPID symptoms are diverse and vary in severity according to the disease stage. Here is a more inclusive list of some of the signs you might see:


  • Laminitis
  • Decreased athletic performance
  • Change in attitude/lethargy
  • Delayed haircoat shedding
  • Increased areas of hairiness
  • Change in body conformation
  • Regional fat deposits (e.g. neck)
  • Infertility


  • Laminitis
  • Lethargy
  • Generalized hairiness (hypertrichosis/hirsutism)
  • Loss of seasonal haircoat shedding
  • Recurrent infections (e.g. sole abscesses or sinus infections)
  • Neurologic deficits (e.g. blindness)
  • Abnormal sweating (increased or decreased)
  • Absent reproductive cycle / infertility
  • Skeletal muscle atrophy
  • Regional fat deposits
  • Increased drinking and urinating
  • Rounded abdomen

 What should I do if I think my horse/pony has PPID?

You can help a lot by watching for early signs of PPID and contacting Central West Equine on (02) 63654363 if you think your horse needs to be checked.  A simple blood test can help diagnose PPID.  For this test a single blood sample is taken to measure the level of the hormone ACTH which is abnormally high in horses that suffer from PPID   . This test is most sensitive at diagnosing early PPID and is best performed in the autumn.

How do we treat PPID?

We can work with you to help manage your horse’s health. We have considerable experience in diagnosis and treatment of PPID.  When effective treatment and management is started early, horses with PPID can expect to enjoy many healthy, quality years to come.

Pictures of a six month treatment plan – photos courtesy of

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Client Information Night

 Prevention- From the Performance Horse to the Paddock Pony
CWE is hosting a free client information night at the clinic, located at 960 Cadia Road, Springside.We will bee discussing why the old saying “prevention is better than cure” is true! Ultimately, by managing your horses health routinely rather than waiting for problems to arise, you will be saving money, and you will have a healthier, happier horse.
Some features of the night:
*Bring along a sample of your horses faeces to have a free feacal egg count performed. We will be doing a few on the night as time permits. (one per attendant)*The next day we will be running a gastroscoping day in conjunction with Virbac. You are welcome to bring yoour horse to the clinic before the information night so we can fast your horse for you.

Topics include:
Parasites, and how to save you money by teaching you stragic worming techniques and paddock management.

Dentistry- interesting cases and why routine dentistry is important and will save you money in the long run.

Lameness Diagnosis- David will talk about the process of diagnosing a lameness and various arthritis treatments. From initial trot up through to treatments- what we do here at CWE and why!