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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Overweight Horses


fat_horse2A fat horse is definitely not necessarily a happy horse. Overweight horses can be prone to a number of illnesses and injuries, including laminitis or founder, tendon injuries, colic, dystocia (difficulty in giving birth or foaling), or OCD (especially in young horses). They can also be more likely to develop Equine Metabolic Syndrome, a multifactorial disease which includes insulin resistance and equine cushings disease.


All of the above problems can be helped, if not prevented, by reducing the weight of the horse to normal.

What is normal? That depends on the horse. Your equine vet will be your best guide because he or she should be unbiased by their own horses. For example, a horse judged normal by a show person may be called fat by a racehorse trainer, whilst the opposite could also be true (a fit racehorse may be called skinny by a show rider). A vet would likely call both in good condition because they take the horse’s environment into careful consideration.


fat_horse1A weightloss plan may include:

  • Restricted lush pasture access, and/or reduction of amount of feed. Weighing the feed is the first step, looking at type of feed the second. 
  • Overhaul of feed type (must be a gradual process to avoid upsetting the gut and causing colic). Feed should be suited to the individual horse, taking into account its metabolism, environment, age, exercise, breed and sex.
  • Increased exercise. This should also be gradual. Overweight horses may be prone to overheating and sweating, which can result in dehydration and tying up. Any new exercise should therefore be introduced gradually to minimise the risk.


Some horses appear to have a horizontal line across their body; the area above this ‘line’ skinny and the area below it fat. These horses need to be assessed by an equine vet as it is possible they have:

1) Cushings

2) Metabolic Syndrome

3) Bad teeth

4) Fluid Accumulation

5) Diseased liver or kidneys


Or a few other less common ailments. This is why it may be essential for your ‘overweight’ equine to be assessed by an experienced equine vet, to rule out such diseases.


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