Tips for going barefoot with your horse

Are you thinking of going barefoot with your horse? 
There are thousands of successful barefoot competing and pleasure riding combinations out there that swear by going barefoot, with many benefits, and not just on your pocket! ££££

If this is something you are thinking about here are some tips for going barefoot with your horse. It should help you and your horse during the transition. 

Posted on April 28, 2017 .

Getting your horse competition fit

With the start of the eventing season looming, the fitness regime needs to be underway.

When getting your horse fit, many things need to be taken into consideration, such as how much of a lay-off they have had, age, breed, personality, and where you live and the facilities you have. Many don’t have horse walkers, gallops or schools, so you have to adjust according to what you can do, and each horse is different and needs to be treated as such.

But as a general rule, these pointers can get you heading in the right direction...

Posted on January 30, 2017 and filed under Advice, Events.

Preparing for snow

If the forecast is to be believed, parts of the UK are set to be gripped by the white stuff!

And while snow can be beautiful and fun, it can also be pretty troublesome, especially with ice and plummeting temperatures, so here’s a few top tips on preparing for snow

Posted on January 13, 2017 .

Why does my horse need salt and how to give it to him?

Did you know that your horse needs salt all year round?

All animals and humans do. It’s a staple of every diet, and animals rely on it as much as we do to keep their systems in balance.

Salt is an electrolyte and one of its main functions is to attract and retain as well as balance out the fluids in the cells.  We read frequently about athletes are constantly striving to balance their electrolytes, and the issue is no different with horses, especially after exercise. When they sweat they loose their electrolytes, including salt so we need to ensure that there is an adequate supply to replenish it either in their food intake or another form.

Posted on December 15, 2016 and filed under General Health, Feed Guides, Grooming Tips.

Traditional Rules for Hunting!

Are you & your horse going to try your luck at a first days hunting? Well here are some of the hunting fraternity's traditional golden rules!

What to wear.
During Autumn hunting tweed jackets are traditionally worn, but during the main hunting season adults attire is mostly black or navy!
This is with exception for proper farming hill packs, who usually know what the weather can throw at them and go for the trusted waterproofs! 

Posted on December 8, 2016 and filed under Advice, Events.

Winter care for horses

We have rounded up some top tips for caring for your horse during the cold winter months. There are a huge amount of resources available online, so do make use of them and make sure that you are giving your horse or pony the best winter care that you can provide.
The overriding matter should be the health and well- being of your horse, so if you are unsure if you winter care is appropriate, have a word with you vet to ensure that you are on the right track. 

Posted on December 1, 2016 .

Horse clipping

For many of us we have already done it, and for some of us are holding out for as long as we can. 
Yes I'm talking about that joyous job of clipping!
It a messy itching affair let's be honest, but they do look so smart after! 
And of course not only that, but it can be the healthiest option for your horse too, providing he's well looked after.
Now folk say that they should first be clipped in either September or October, but let's be honest, you can clip whenever you want, some are clipped throughout the summer! 
And you should never clip after February. 
Again, to be fair, it's just tradition!!! If people clip throughout the year then that really doesn't make sense. 

Posted on November 18, 2016 .

Buying Your First Horse, funny but true!

Some of us are lucky enough to have been born into it, some of us may not, but either way owning your own horse for millions of us is a dream come true, and even if some people have to work a darn site harder than others to achieve that dream, they manage it, and thoroughly enjoy it!

Are you thinking of buying your first horse? Well have a look at some of these light hearted, no offence meant, comical, but true top tips, that may help you in your search.

Posted on October 22, 2016 and filed under Advice.

Care for senior horses

Horses have relatively long life spans, often living into the 30's, and many horses have productive careers into their 20's.
In many disciplines nowadays, horses are not considered to be in their prime until their teenage years, with many still competing at the very top of their sport into their late teens.
However, as with animals and people alike, additional care may be required as time goes on to keep the horse as healthy as possible in its senior years. We will talk about four issue to look out for.

Posted on October 14, 2016 and filed under General Health.