The Basics of Horse Hoof Conformation

Horse Hoof & Foot Care - hdr

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

The Quarter Horse breed excels at racing over a short distance

Quarter Horse Breed Origins

The quarter horse breed made its name during the great days of cattle herding in the American west, when settlers required a totally dependable mount. Today the quarter horse is immensely popular in western riding competitions such as barrel racing, rodeos and roping

Horse Saddles for each Equestrian Discipline

Horse Saddle Guide - localriding.com

A guide on using the appropriate horse saddles in your preferred equestrian discipline. The uses and differences in saddles ranging from the general purpose saddle to the specialist dressage, racing and side saddles

How to Measure a Horse. Calculating the Horses' Height & Weight

How To Measure 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

Can you tell a horses age from its teeth growth? We can ...

Horses Age from teeth growth

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

Dealing with Horse Worms & Equine Parasites

Horse Worms & Equine Parasites

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.

Equine Joint Supplements – What’s Right for Your Horse?

Equine Health Care - hdr

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.

What is a Horse With Scope?

A Horse With Scope - Jazz & Houdini

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

Horse Facts – fun & interesting equine information

Horse Facts - Fun & interesting equine information

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.

Ragwort - A Poisonous Plant Toxic to Horses

Ragwort and Horse - A Poisonous Plant Toxic to Horses

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?

Horse Strangles, Symptoms Cause & Treatment

Equine Strangles - Facts on Streptococcus Equi

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.

Horses Feet - 30 Facts to ensure you have a sound horse

Horse Feet Facts - What Horse Owners Need to Know

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.

The Ideals & Affects of Good Horse Neck Conformation

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.

The Challenges & Joys of Getting Back in the Saddle

Reriders Getting Back in the Saddle

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?

Maintaining Your Horsebox

Horsebox Maintenance and maintaining your horsebox to keep your horse safe

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

Do You Know Enough About Your Horses Feet?

Horse Hoof & Foot Care - hdr

Your horses feet perform several very important functions including supporting your horses weight, absorbing shock, resisting wear, providing traction, pumping blood and conducting moisture.

Equine Mud Fever & Rain Scald. The prevention causes and treatment

Equine Mud Fever & Rain Scald prevention causes and treatment

Rain Scald and Mud fever can cause painful sores and scabs on your horses heels. Mud fever is the name of a common equine skin complaint, Pastern Dermatitis, that affects many horses and ponies during the winter and early spring months. It can be difficult to treat and can be very painful, sometimes causing lameness in your horse. So here’s what you can do to prevent or treat it?

What to do if you think your horse has colic?

Horse Colic - spotting the symptoms & treating equine colic

Stay calm and try to walk your horse and distract him from the pain when he’s trying to roll or thrash about. Your vet is your best source of treatment for horse colic and your job is to assist your horse and make it as comfortable as possible until you can have your vet treat your horse. There are some things you can do but mainly you should trust your vet to help your horse

Professional Grooming & Show Prep

Horse Show Preparation & Livery Services

Professional Groom offering Show Preparation & Pre-Show Grooming, Plaiting and Pulling. Based in Gainsborough Lincolnshire and covering all areas around Doncaster Retford Scunthorpe and Lincoln

Dressage Tack & Equipment to Start Dressage Riding

Dressage Tack & Equipment to help get started

Having decided to try dressage riding what dressage tack & equipment will you need to get started. Definitely not top end branded horse tack that’s for sure. Wait until you’ve advanced beyond novice before investing in top quality tack and equipment.

Clipping Styles – Why Clip Your Horse & What Clip To Use?

Lincolnshire Show - Vincent Clipped & Winning

Owners mainly clip their horses coat to make their horse more comfortable in work, to work for longer and to prevent chills or overheating. Your horse will cool down and dry off much quicker without a full winter coat that traps sweat & heat. So, what’s the most suitable clip for your horse?

Equine Sweet Itch & Protection against the Culicoides Pulicaris midge

Equine Sweet Itch Rug - Protection against the Culicoides pulicaris midge

The fly or midge most commonly involved in causing equine sweet itch is the Culicoides pulicaris midge and although most horses and ponies show no reaction to it, horses that suffer from sweet itch develop an allergy to the bites. Prevention is better than cure and good quality fly rugs are essential

Buying a horse advertised as with potential is a gamble

Buying Horse with Potential - Its a gamble

Potential is an emotive word. Buying a horse advertised as with potential is a gamble nothing less and nothing more. You will have to invest significant time and training and a lot more money before you see that potential realised.