How To Protect Your Horse Against Mosquitoes Naturally

These days we all want to do our bit to help the environment and in the past chemical mosquito repellents where the best option, but while they can still play their part, today there’s a vast range of natural alternatives to not only keep the mosquitoes away but to prevent them from returning. Why are mosquitoes a problem for horses? …

Improving Your Horse’s Confidence

Horse Factbook - Improving Your Horse’s Confidence

Like all prey animals, horses survive on instinct and while this helped to keep them alive in the past these days it can sometimes present a problem, especially when you’re out on a trail and have an overly nervy horse. Whatever is affecting your horse’s confidence it makes sense to them and in his mind is perfectly normal, but if …

Keeping A Horse Alone – 9 Tips To Prevent Loneliness

Horse Factbook - Keeping A Horse Alone – 9 Tips To Prevent Loneliness

We all know that horses are sociable herd animals that need the company of others, not only for their health but also for their happiness and mental wellbeing. The problem is that these days many owners find themselves in a situation where keeping a horse alone is the only option, while this, of course, isn’t ideal there are things that …

Mud fever in horses – everything you need to know

Contrary to its name, mud fever doesn’t only affect horses that are turned out in muddy fields, it has many different names such as dew poisoning, greasy heel and of course mud fever. Any horse can suffer from it at any time of year but thankfully in the vast majority of cases, it’s not serious and will only cause irritation. …

7 Surprising Things You Should Feed Your Horse, And Why

Everybody, regardless of whether they’re horsey or not, knows that they can (and should) eat hay, but did you know that there are other things, such as coconut oil, that horses should have too?  While the nutritional needs of a horse are dependant on things like their age and workload some foods can be consumed by all horses regardless of …

Protecting Your Horse From Sunburn And Photosensitivity

You might not think that horses can suffer from sunburn but, while it is more common in grey horses, any horse can suffer to some extent and, contrary to popular believe, sunlight can be damaging all year round – although the risk of sunburn is at its greatest during the summer months. The good news is that it can easily …

How Coconut Oil Can Benefit Your Horse

For years everybody’s been waxing lyrical about the benefits of coconut oil and the number of different applications it has, from conditioning your hair and improving your skin to increasing your athletic prowess, but you might be surprised to find that it can have exactly the same benefits for your horse. For years I’ve been using it at the yard …

Strangles in horses – everything you need to know

Equine distemper, or strangles as its more commonly known, is probably the most common respiratory condition in horses and while it’s generally not considered fatal it can still be serious. It’s also extremely contagious and can result in a horse (or horses) being quarantined for weeks. The good news though is that, as with a lot of bacterial infections, it …