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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Geriatric Horse Care



At some point in our horse-owning careers most of us have to contend with the management of an aged equine. Your horse's twilight years should be a time of contentment and happiness for both of you, and there are a few things you should consider.


The common belief held that it is normal for older horses to look malnourished is simply incorrect. As with any other species, being underweight is a symptom of malnourishment. To aid your older horse's nutrition ensure they have a rich diet. There are many feeds on the market specifically targeted towards the geriatric patient, gumnuts is an example. A discussion with your vet may provide good advice on what may suit your horse's individual needs. As a rough guide, 1 to 1.5% of their ideal bodyweight in feed should be provided. A weight tape may aid you in deciding whether to maintain, increase or decrease rations.

Keeping up your horse's annual dental exam is vital for good digestion and resulting condition. Pathology such as loosening teeth can plague the older equine and make eating incredibly painful, if not impossible, so their dental checkup is paramount to detecting a problem early. A horse's teeth grow more slowly as they age, making routine dental care very important when they are younger also. This may correct abnormalities whilst the teeth are growing fast enough to do so, so that you a presented with less of a problem later on.

Older horses may be a bit slower and therefore lower down the pecking order in herd dynamics. Be aware of this and if it applies to your old friend, feed them separately to the rest to ensure they get their full meal. Ideally feed them smaller meals 2 to 3 times a day for better digestive health.


Grooming often is not only a great way to help maintain your older equine's coat, but it also help skin circulation. Another benefit of daily grooming is it gets to to have a thorough checkover for any abnormalities. Older horses are prone to tumours, and by going over them you may also pickup a tender spot and then be able to seek your vet's advice early. Remember to go over the not-so-visible spots, such as under the tail, under the jaw, and in the groin region. Especially keep an eye on your male horse's penis, when it is relaxed, to see if anything on it looks suspect. Dr Dave does a thorough penis exam and clean at evey male horse's dental exam so keep this in mind. Grey and appaloosa horses are sadly particularyl prone to lesions.


To aid a healthy horse keep up their worming regime. Don't be afraid to alternate different types of wormers over the year to ensure you're covering all bases. Most wormers recommend use every 6 to 8 weeks. Faecal egg counts can be performed when the horse is due to be wormed to assess the need for worming.


Your older equine certainly should not miss out on regular foot care just because they are in retirement. Have your farrier come out every 6 weeks, or as they reccommend.


All horses should have their annual tetanus/strangles vaccine and Hendra vaccine.

If your horse has not been vaccinated for Hendra virus, it will require two initial vaccinations administered three to six weeks apart, followed by a booster at 6 months, followed by annual boosters. If your horse has not been previously vaccinated for tetanus and strangles it will require an initial 3 vaccinations, 2 weeks apart, followed by annual boosters.


Preferably a full-grassed paddock over a patchy one, with adequate shelter and fresh clean water (avoid putting under trees, due to Hendra risk). Pick manure every 2 to 3 days to help avoid worm infestation.


Arthritis commonly affects older horses, especially those that have had an active riding career. Your vet can prescribe a treatment plan to keep your equine comfortable in their twilight years. There is a link below to our article on arthritis, please read for a healthy understanding of the topic.

Ailments which are more likely to affect the older horse:



EOTRH - a dental disease

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