Checking lameness in horses

How can you tell if your horse is lame? Lameness checks ...

Unlike dogs, our horses can’t tell us when they are hurt. Dogs will whine or whimper to show distress, but your horse is a prey animal and prey animals don’t make any sounds to show they are weak or hurt. Just in case those nasty wolves & lions find out. So, it’s up to you, the horse owner, to check for signs of lameness in your horse.

Lupines &other plants toxic to horses

Lupines, Ragwort & Other plants toxic to horses & horse health

Studies by the Tufts University of Veterinary Medicine suggest that horses kept in stables or dirt paddocks are more likely to sample anything green and ingest plants toxic to horses’. Your horse can also accidentally ingest toxic plants and they can acquire a taste for some, such as acorns and ragwort dried in hay. Know what you need to keep away from you horse

Breeds of Horse Information & Suitability

Horse Breeds their Characteristics & Suitability ...

Looking to buy a horse and need information on the various breeds of horse. Then surf through our horse breed pages for information on the multitude of horse and pony breeds from around the world. Including relevant information on horse breed characteristics and the breed suitability for ridden disciplines

Equine Laminitis Signs & Symptoms

Laminitis Symptoms and the signs to look out for ...

Equine laminitis doesn’t just affect fat ponies, it can be found in any horse prone to the condition. Spotting laminitis symptoms and knowing the difference between chronic laminitis and acute laminitis is important as by the time your horse adopts the classical laminitis stance, some damage has already been done to the sensitive laminae …

Horse Sarcoids Causes

What Causes Horse Sarcoids

A UK vet has quite possibly linked common face flies to the spread of sarcoids, but it is commonly thought that a papilloma virus (wart) is probably what causes horse sarcoids

Horse Strangles - Streptococcus equi

Prevent Equine Strangles on your livery yard or riding school

Several common sense measures can be taken to prevent strangles affecting horses at a livery yard or riding school. Prevention is better than cure and horse owners themselves should always be aware of strangles outbreaks in their area. You are responsible for your horse’s welfare and you should insist your livery yard or riding school take preventive measures

The Selle Francais Horse Breed

Origin Of The Selle Francais Horse Breed

French equine breeders have created the extraordinary horse breed called the Selle Francais. They have selectively crossed their sturdy native horses with Thoroughbred stallions and introduced French Anglo-Arab and French Trotter bloodlines to add brilliance, agility and energy to the Selle Francais breed

Dressage Tips - training and schooling for points

6 Simple Dressage Tips to Avoid Losing Basic Dressage Points

If you can ride down the centre line, halt at X, proceed to C, turn left or right, ride the corner and receive 10 marks for the movement, then your horse is ready for Grand Prix dressage and you certainly don’t need our advice. Losing marks on basic dressage movements is silly when you can use our dressage tips to make sure you don’t

Dressage Test - Winnie 140811

10 Top Dressage Competition Tips

Dressage tests can be nerve racking and every little bit helps where competition nerves are concerned. A simple check list of dressage competition tips that you can work through before each competition is a must have

The Pros & Cons of Owning a Horsebox

Owning and Using a Horsebox

Very few of us consider the practicalities of owning and using a horsebox or trailer before we buy one and if we are honest quite a few of us expect that our horse will instantly recognise a horsebox

The horse skeleton its important to horse owners

The Horse Skeleton & how your horse is put together

The horses skeleton provides support for its muscles; protection for the horse’s internal organs; and has enough mobility built into its various parts that the horse can move smoothly at differing speeds and still lie down, graze or do both at the same time.

Competing at Horse Show Competitions

Competing in Horse Shows can help you enjoy a full life

It doesn’t matter were they’re placed or how well they do, competing in horse shows is an excellent way for young riders to develop confidence and improve their horse riding abilities. Equestrian competitions are were they learn good sportsmanship and how to cope well with success and failure

Tips & Advice to improve your horse riding - 300

A few useful riding tips ...

Useful horse riding tips and equestrian advice including homemade horse treat recipes and different ways to think while riding. Plus resources to help you and your horse become a better partnership, and hopefully some that will save you a little money

Horse Hoof & Foot Care - hdr

The Basics of Horse Hoof Conformation

Horse hoof conformation is the result of 50 million years of the evolution of the horse and both wild and domesticated horses share a similar hoof shape even though they live in quite different conditions