Properly grooming a horse is essential particularly when your horse is stabled. Grooming not only picks up immediate problems that might become serious if left undetected, but also strengthens the bond between you and your horse
How you can measure a horse using a standard inch tape to calculate weight. Demonstrating how to measure height in hands high (hh) or centimetres (cm), using heart girth and body length. All important if you are to feed your horse correctly and provide the correct medication amounts
Estimating a horses age from teeth growth is an old nearly forgotten art that some horse owners take in their stride while others just wouldn’t have a clue where to start. Here’s what to look for including graphics that help you compare the teeth growth at each age
All you need to know to put together a simple but effective worming program for your horse. Horse worms should be taken seriously as equine parasites can seriously affect your horse’s health. Your horse’s environment, stable, yard and paddock should always be considered contaminated with worm eggs and larvae and you should treat accordingly.
The bridle is such an essential part of your horse tack, that you should make sure you choose the right type and size of bridle for your horse while considering the type of work you want your horse to do.
One of the most popular pony breeds the Welsh Section Pony can be found competing in every ridden discipline including; Hunter Classes, Driving, Dressage, Combined Training, Combined Driving, English & Western Pleasure and also heavy harness
If you want to minimise the risk of joint disease; if you want to make sure that your horse does not suffer from mobility problems; if you want to make sure that your horse stays healthy and active; then you should supplement your horses diet with good quality joint supplements that contain active ingredients.
The largest showjumps can reach heights in excess of 1.80mtrs which is when a horse with scope becomes an absolute necessity if you want to win. A scopey horse gives you something to work with
Equestrian fashion trends can dictate how pretty a picture you present on your horse, but sometimes you can forget the safety aspects. Make sure your riding apparel conforms to current safety standards.
Our horse facts are a collection of interesting and fun equine Information. Learning basic horse facts and figures as well as the more fun and interesting ones is often placed on the back burner or never considered important because horse owners are far too busy doing horse stuff. Knowing a few equine facts though, can help when you least expect it.
There seems to be a great many show jump fences at show jumping events and included in show jump courses, but you will soon discover that there are only a few basic show jump types. And a mix of these showjumps forms the basis of any course
Stride counting is a very useful tool in show jumping comeptitions, and when used correctly can make negotiating a course of show jumps far easier than without counting strides in jumping that course
Ragwort and Horses make for a poisonous combination. Most horses will avoid ragwort as long as they have access to good grazing but overgrazed or poached pasture not only keeps your horse hungry it also encourages the spread of ragwort. So, how do you deal with this poisonous plant that’s so toxic to horses?
Equine or horse strangles is one of the most infectious equine diseases, the bacterium enters the horses lymph glands via its respiratory tract and can live in the guttural pouch. The lymph nodes swell and can rupture, shedding the strangles bacteria into the environment. It’s possible the strangles bacteria can survive in water for at least four weeks and for up to eight weeks on horse tack and wooden fencing.
Do you know that your horses feet have a landing side and a loading side or that your horses front feet should never be steeper than your horses hind feet? Or that your horses hoof quality is directly related to its moisture content, or the main essential functions the hoof performs? No! well isn’t it about time you did.
A good equine neck conformation is advantageous in every equestrian sport. The horses neck should be flexible and work well for balancing the horse. The horse owner should look for a horse with a neck that is neither too bulky or to thin, long, or short. While taking breed characteristics into consideration.
A horse that appears thin or malnourished is often suffering weight loss due to a number of issues. There are three common issues that can cause unexplained weight loss in horses.
Jumping on a horse and going hell for leather over a cross country course is fine when you’re young and fit, but getting back in the saddle when you’re older can offer some challenges. Older re-riders are a growing part of horse shows and equestrian centres are slowly recognising the need to cater to them. So, what are you waiting for?
Breaking down on a small country lane or on the motorway in the pouring rain with one or more horses in your horsebox, isn’t anyone’s idea of fun. The next time you’re organising your show schedule or busy checking your horse or pony, give a thought to your horsebox maintenance
Your horses feet perform several very important functions including supporting your horses weight, absorbing shock, resisting wear, providing traction, pumping blood and conducting moisture.