Should you send your horse away to be professionally trained?

Should you send your horse away to be professionally trained?

Are you considering sending your horse to a trainer to be backed or reschooled? If you are then please think long and hard about where and who you send your horse to, or even if you send them away at all. Many horses come home with worse problems than they started with, and understandably so.

Equine Gastric Ulcers

Equine Gastric Ulcers

Great film looking at the causes of gastric ulcers in horses. Equine vet Dr Kerry Ridgeway states "We do know that there are basically only two kinds of horses – those who have ulcers and those who will have ulcers!" 

Do horses really need a 'herd leader'?

Do horses really need a 'herd leader'?

Some trainers base their methods on the idea that every horse needs a 'leader' as they believe horses would have an 'alpha' or a 'leader' naturally within the herd. Is this really the case?

Playtime with Dad...

Playtime with Dad...

It's not often that we get to see images like this - a tolerant stallion humours his son - colt Wildwych Pirate - while he climbs all over him. 

 How tight is your horse's noseband?

How tight is your horse's noseband?

It has become common practice for many horse owners to use crank, drop, grackle, Mexican or flash nosebands to strap their horse's mouth shut. 

Keeping your horse cool in hot weather

Keeping your horse cool in hot weather

As the summer temperatures rise and we all rush outside to get some sun, it is important to remember that our horses may not feel the same as we do and often struggle in the heat.

The Alternative Horse Walker

The Alternative Horse Walker

I'm not a huge fan of horse walkers, but this is a novel idea. This device is an interesting way of changing a horse's motivation to move.

Why does my horse do that?

Why does my horse do that?

Is your horse telling you something when he's yawning, pawing the ground or licking and chewing?

Is your horse a he, she or it?

Is your horse a he, she or it?

Watching equestrian sports on television the commentary could lead you to believe the competitors are riding machines. More often than not a horse is referred to as ‘it’.

What would your horse like for Christmas?

What would your horse like for Christmas?

There seems to be a growing confusion over what our horses like, want, or even need. Horse owners are encouraged to focus on feed, supplements, tack, gadgets or the next new innovation in rugs and ignore the bigger picture.

Keeping your horses safe on bonfire night

Keeping your horses safe on bonfire night

While we enjoy the fireworks at this time of year we must not forget that bonfire night can be terrifying for our horses. Each year equine vets will have to treat horses that have injured themselves or had colic as a result of their fear.

What does a stabled horse do at night?

What does a stabled horse do at night?

Ever wondered what your horse gets up to in his stable? This fascinating film shows 8hrs in the life of a stabled horse via time lapse camera, condensed into 8 minutes.

What does a horse see in the mirror?

What does a horse see in the mirror?

Interesting film of a horse's reaction to seeing her own reflection. She is clearly confused and goes to look behind the mirror to see where the 'other horse' is.
 

 What really makes a horse happy?

What really makes a horse happy?

Having a happy horse isn’t just about our own peace of mind – it provides tangible benefits. But how do you know if your horse is really happy?

Putting a stop to napping

Putting a stop to napping

When hacking out, things don’t always go to plan – not every horse is keen to leave the yard, some may nap, spin and attempt to turn for home. This can knock the confidence of even the most experienced rider.