Veresdale Equine Veterinary Services


  • You guys are awesome, thank you so much for looking after Taruni. - Sue from Greenbank

  • Amazing staff & services!- Susan from Beaudesert

  • Thank you so much for coming out to stitch my poor horse up this morning! It is the second time that I have had to call and get someone out and the service has been wonderful...and my horse is looking and feeling a lot better. - Jennie from Cedar Grove

  • Dr David Barthomomuez is brilliant. Yes I am totally biased but it is based on my experience over the last 6 wks with my mare Rivver. Treatment is still on going and I get the pleasure of picking David's brain for lots of horsey info when he does his weekly visit! I am very impressed with the way David handles and treats my mare, he genuinely cares. The girls in the office have also been wonderful to deal with. Keep up the great work team Vevs! - Cindi from Tamborine Village

  • "Thank you for your after-care service, I am very very impressed to say the least. The phone call from you today following up on my horses progress has won my business."

    - Sue from Gardenvale Stud

  • "Thanks to Dr David for helping my old man feel better... I would recommend this veterinary clinic to anyone, and I wouldn't use any other vet."

    -Nelly from Munruben

  • "I cannot fault their willingness to assist you as soon as possible, their capacity to prioritise so the most urgent animals are attended to quickly, their gentle way with horses, their knowledge and their reasonable prices..." - Sharon from Cedar Grove

  • "Thanks so much to Dr Dave and the team for all your hard work with getting Karrie in foal!!! We are very grateful and couldn't have done it without you guys!" - Lynette from Logan Village
  • "Your patience and gentle nature were greatly appreciated by both of us. Thank you." - Karen from Jimboomba

  • "Our family would like to give a big thank you and hug to Dr David, Kelly & all the team at Veresdale Equine Veterinary Services for saving our dog sid from a brown snake bite. Without their caring services I dont think sid would of made it, thanks guys. " - Hurchalla Family

  • "David and his team treat their client’s animals as if they were their own and have helped me and my horses in some very stressful situations over the years, thankfully, always with a excellent outcome!" - Toni from Jimboomba
  • "Thank you so much for the extra good care you took of Lilly ... I’ve always been extremely happy with Dave as our vet, I think he truly does a wonderful job, and you can really see how much he cares.” - Tania Banek

  • "The fact that Dave has been my vet for many years speaks volumes.  Dave has a very nice manner and deals with the horses in a calm and kind way.  He always takes time to explain options and procedures and to advise on what he considers to be the best course of treatment." - Gillian Coote
  • "Although we may have moved, we would not consider using any other veterinarian other than David to care for our horses." – Brett and Danielle from Wonglepong

  • "David has been my vet now for several years. Over that time with the highs and lows of my veterinary needs, David has always been compassionate, caring and friendly." - Marnie Wilmott

  • "We really appreciate David's practical, no-nonsense approach to everything, his vast knowledge and his abilities."

    – Marty & Danielle at North Maclean

  • "We feel that the care David shows our horses is the same as if they were his own."

    Weownna Warmbloods

  • "We have been using Dr "Bart" since we bought our first two ponies for our girls 6 years ago. He has always given us great advice and service over the years." – B & G Russell

  • "At VEVS, I always get the right advice, which means I’ve always gotten the right result"

    – Peter @ Acton Classical Equitation

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Underweight Horses


skinny_horseEvery year we see many horses who are underweight. Often their owners are already trying to help the horse get to their optimal condition, or even some are not aware that their horse is at all underweight. Weight loss or an inability to maintain optimal condition can be the result of various factors, so many in fact that we understand how it is easy for the owner to miss something.





Malnutrition is a leading cause for horses being underweight. There are several reasons as to why a horse may be malnourished:


Lack of Feed

grainEssentially, horses require 1-2% of their ideal body weight in dry matter to simply maintain their condition. Some breeds require more, as do horses who are more active. So for a 500kg quarterhorse who is just kept in the paddock, then at least 5kg of dry feed per day would be needed to maintain his current condition.

To start off you need to weigh your dry feed to determine how much the horse is getting. If he is underweight and is getting less, or around the 1-2% mark, then you need to increase his feed, slowly. Increasing too quickly can upset his gut and lead to colic. You need to estimate the dry matter content of the feed. For example, green grass is only 20% dry matter, hay and chaff can be anywhere from 55% to 85%. Pellets are often closer to 100%.

As you’re probably aware, the equine market is flooded with many different feeding products and it can be difficult to determine which is best for your horse. If making any change, as above, do it slowly.

Adding vegetable oil to feed is sometimes a good way to speed up the fattening process. Increase in small increments up to a total of one ml per kg of bodyweight.

If pasture is sparse then you need to seriously consider supplementing your horse’s diet with more roughage, in the form of hay.


Poor Teeth

Dollarphotoclub 64907274smlWe cannot stress enough how vital a good set of teeth is to the grazing animal. It is no longer acceptable to think teeth take care of themselves because domesticated horses have different feeding patterns to wild ones, and also because we expect them to live longer and with more vigor.

If a horse is unable to properly chew its food (due to pain or a dental obstruction), the first stage of the digestive process is disrupted, and thus the horse is not going to efficiently process nutrients. If feed is not chewed correctly, and passes through partly undigested, or in some cases completely undigested, the gut can become irritated and colic can result.  Therefore when presented with an underweight horse the oral condition will be one of the first things assessed.

It is very important for all horses to have their teeth done at least annually from 6-12mths of age. Horses who are under 6 need to be seen every 6 months, as do performance horses. In Queensland a vet is the only person who can legally sedate your horse and use dental motorised tools (such as a powerfloat). If a person who is not a vet does either, then your insurance and legal claims are void). It is actually quite easy to do damage to a horse’s teeth and the surrounding structures, in some cases rendering your horse unable to eat. That’s why we always stress the importance of having a highly trained professional to do the job, the risk just isn’t worth it.


Worms & Other internal Parasites

tape_worm_oldWe know this is a bit of an old message, but please keep up worming regimes. If you are concerned about your wormer’s affect on dung beetles (generally mectin c\wormers are to blame), then alternate wormers, using the mectin ones when dung beetle activity is less. Parasites compete for feed and damage the internal lining of the gut, therefore reducing nutrient absorption. Your vet can do a faecal float to determine if worms are a problem for your horse.



Internal cancers can also interfere with the gut’s functioning, leading to a decreased inability to process feed, and therefore resulting in weight loss. It can be difficult to diagnose, sometimes blood tests cane pick these up if damage has occurred (especially in the case of leukemia).


As you can see, due to the vast array of things that can result in a horse being underweight, it is often a good idea to get your vet to assess your horse to determine its dietary requirements and if anything is interfering with the horse’s ability to digest.


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