Giving your horse treats can be fine especially if we are rewarding good behaviour, just because we love them, and yes even when they are looking at us with those big pleading eyes when we are eating a snack around them.
However as horse owners and lovers, there are a certain amount of things that you shouldn’t feed them, so its important to know what you can and what you can’t give to your horse as a treat, read this fabulous infographic to find out what is and what isn’t safe. Read more →
What do you know about worm control? Guidance on the best ways to control worms in horses has changed in recent years and it’s important to move with the times to help keep our horses healthy. The best way to do this is to talk to your vet or Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) at your local equestrian store. Read more →
The management of your foal’s health begins while the mare is still pregnant. Hopefully she will have received a tetanus vaccination booster around 4-6 weeks before foaling. The newborn foal will have received essential antibodies in the mare’s colostrum during the first suckling but the benefit of these decreases over time. It is vital therefore that you embark on the correct vaccination and worming programs and with the correct timing in order to keep the foal healthy and safe from illness. Read more →
You may think that the time spent caring for your mare while you wait for her to give birth is filled with tension but once the foal arrives then the hard and careful work really begins in order to ensure that you and the mare between you raise a strong and healthy foal. Read more →
If your horse has suffered a wound, then you’ll need to apply a bandage in order to protect it during the healing process. Bandaging a horse, however, is not as straightforward an operation as it might be for bandaging a smaller animal. If you’ve got several hundred pounds of muscle to contend with, then you’ll want to make sure that you’re safe while performing the procedure – but at the same time, you’ll want to make sure that the bandage is effective. Read more →
If you’re the owner of a horse, and you intend to ride it, then you’ll need to select a saddle that’s a good fit. Next to your horse’s diet, saddle fitting is among the biggest determiners of your horse’s ultimate performance. Select the right one, and you’ll be able to enjoy the greatest possible range of movement, and the best possible posture as a rider. Read more →
If you’re the owner of a horse, then you’ll need to come to terms with the fact that it will one day you will have to say goodbye. This is a fundamental part of ownership – and there’s no getting around it. Trying to get around it, in fact, can lead to prolonged misery for both the animal and the owner.
Euthanasia is a practice which sees a living thing’s life cut short in order to offer it relief from pain or suffering. While the ethical implications of this practice are hotly contested when it comes to human beings, in the case of animals it’s a widely-agreed that in certain cases it’s the kindest thing to do – so much so, in fact, that the phrase ‘the kindest thing to do’ has become a well-worn cliché. Read more →
Since horses were first domesticated, thousands of years ago, we humans have been sculpting their genome through artificial selection. Where we notice qualities that we find desirable, like a cool temperament or great strength, we’ve bred in favour of those qualities – and in doing so produced a variety of animals, which have variously carried knights into battle, pulled enormous carts through city centres, and won prestigious racing events. Read more →
If you’re the owner of a horse, then you’ll need to be sure that your animal is kept safe from harm. This means stabling and feeding them, naturally; but many horses are at risk from a substance that’s contained in their food – a threat which many owners are entirely ignorant of. This threat is called mycotoxin – it’s a substance produced by a fungus which we know as mould.
You’ll find mycotoxins in soil and plants. They form in the field, and sometimes after harvest, if the storage conditions are poor. They’re traditionally thought of as a substantial threat to poultry and pigs – but they can affect horses, too. Read more →
As we have already had the first hints of winter with several areas of the UK already seeing their first flurry of snow we thought we would take the time to write this informational list of 12 tips for keeping your horse happy this winter. Read more →