Top tips for successful horse training

Top tips for successful horse training

Taking a young novice horse and turning it into top class show jumper is no mean feat. It takes hard work, dedication and a strict regime. Although every horse has its own personality and will respond in a slightly different way to your training plan, there are some general rules you can follow to get the best out of your equine charges. Instilling good habits at an early age will ensure a smooth transition from trainee, to career horse. It isn’t a one man job however. The success of a horse depends on a whole team of people including owners, sponsors, trainers and riders. Read more

Staying safe when out and about with your horse

Staying safe when out and about with your horse

If you’re the owner of a horse, then you might want to occasionally take it out for a ride outside the paddock. It’ll give your horse the opportunity to stretch its legs, and give it some mental stimulation – after all, staring at the same stretch of land, even if it’s a very spacious stretch of land, is likely to get boring after a while. A change of scenery might therefore be welcome. Read more

Horse Breed Series: Palomino

Horse Breed Series: Palomino

The palomino is unlike most other breeds of horse, in that it isn’t really a breed at all.  Instead, it’s a very specific colour brought about by a single so-called ‘dilution’ gene.  Genes of this sort act in conjunction with others in order to produce a lighter (or more diluted) coat colour.  In this case, the gene produces a ‘cream’ colour, which in conjunction with a red base coat produces the distinctive golden Palomino coat.

In this article, we’ll examine this variety of horse in greater detail, and see how it came to be, and where it might find use in the modern world. Read more

Horse Breed Series: American Saddlebred

Horse Breed Series: American Saddlebred

The horse is an animal which has played a crucial role in human history. It’s carried the biggest names in history, from Julius Caesar to Ghengis Khan – and it’s made possible all of the agricultural, transport and hunting work that their respective civilisations were built upon.

America is a country which has only been around for just over two centuries. But during that period, this global superpower has had a profound influence on the horse. Many different breeds have come to be in the states – and the American Saddlebred is one of them. This distinctive animal came to be during the American Revolution, and since then has become a mainstay in American stables.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at this breed – and find out just how it came to be, and how it might fit into your stable. Read more

Horse Breed Series: Gypsy Vanner

Horse Breed Series: Gypsy Vanner

The Gypsy Vanner is quite an unusual breed of horse. Like many of its cousins, it came to be in order to serve a distinct purpose. But unlike other horses, it’s been heavily shaped by the practical requirements and aesthetic tastes of a specific culture – one which often finds itself at odds with the mainstream.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the Gypsy Vanner, and see exactly how this unique breed has been shaped – and what makes it so interesting. Read more

Horse Breed Series: Morgan

Horse Breed Series: Morgan

Horses have been around for centuries. The ancient Greeks, Romans, and Persians used them for everything from warfare to agriculture – and so too did peoples from the more remote past. The United States of America, by contrast, has only been around for a couple of centuries – and the horse has played a crucial role in the development of that country, too.

In order to meet the demands of the new world, American horse breeders have had to come up with new sorts of animal. Among these is the Morgan  Horse, a breed favoured for a variety of purposes throughout American history – from pulling the coaches of 19 th century aristocrats to carrying civil war cavalrymen into battle. They’ve also provided the basis for other famous American breeds, like the Quarter Horse.

In this article, we’ll examine this famous breed in greater detail. Let’s begin, shall we? Read more

Horse Breeds Series: Marwari Horse

Horse Breeds Series: Marwari Horse

The Marwari Horse is a breed that is native to the Marwari region of India and it is known for its upturned ears and its hardiness. It is descended from native ponies in India and it comes in almost every colour. This horse was originally used for war as a cavalry horse and later was used for hauling and light draft work.

This is a rare breed and it is difficult to get due to strict guidelines on exportation. However, since the early 2000s this breed has become available in small quantities. One of the most distinctive qualities of the horse is the unique lyre-shaped ears, which curve inwards towards each other and meet at the tips. They can be turned 180 degrees and they provide the horse with sharp hearing. Read more

Horse Breeds Series: American Paint

Horse Breeds Series: American Paint

The American Paint is an interesting combination – a mix between the colouring of a pinto and the characteristics of a western stock horse. It is one of the most popular horse breeds in North America and it is known for its signature colour pattern. It is well loved by ranchers, show jumpers and riding schools. It is a favourite breed because of its markings, but it is also loved for its intelligence, good nature and ability to perform. Read more

Mustang Horse

Mustang Horse

Thanks to its long-standing association with the auto-mobile industry, the word ‘Mustang’ has long been synonymous with raw power. One might therefore suspect that an actual Mustang must be as wild and impractical as is namesake – and reserved only for thrill seekers with the equestrian nous to handle it. Is this breed anywhere near as rambunctious as its legacy in pistons and cylinders might suggest? Let’s find out. Read more

The Appaloosa

The Appaloosa

The Appaloosa is among the most visually distinctive of all horses. They’re known for having moulting skin around the eyes and muscle, and for having white sclera – unlike other horses, whose entire visible eyeball is coloured. It’s this visual distinctiveness for which they’re so highly-prized; they’re a recurring feature in silver-screen westerns, being descended from Native American animals.

Let’s examine this fascinating breed more closely, and see what they’re like to own. Read more