Why Does My Horse Eat Mud?

We’ve all heard the saying ‘a little bit of dirt never did anyone any harm’, well horses have taken that phrase to the extreme! Not only do they regularly eat mud and dirt they actually need it as part of their natural diet. As well as being an essential part of their diet, horses also need dirt to help keep …

Why Does My Horse Keep Tripping

Just like people, horses can trip over their feet from time to time with no real cause or reason. It may be that the ground is slippery or even or that your horse just wasn’t paying attention. As with us this is perfectly normal and happens to all creatures that walk. If, however, your horse is tripping much more than …

How To Bandage Your Horse’s Legs For Exercise

Not everybody will bandage or wrap their horse’s legs prior to exercising them but if you choose to do so then it can be difficult to know how to wrap them properly, especially if you’ve never bandaged a horse’s legs before. For a bandage to work properly you need to wrap the horse’s legs so that they are able to …

How To Feed A Hard Keeper On A Budget

We all want the best for our horses and would love to give them the best of everything all day every day but this isn’t always possible and with many of us making sacrifices just to keep our horses, being able to feed a hard keeper properly is curial. There are plenty of options out there for both easy and …

How Can I Prevent My Horse Getting Laminitis

Laminitis is an inflammation of the laminae (or lamellae) part of the horse’s hoof. It can be extremely painful and debilitating to horses and in extreme cases can lead to the coffin (or pedal) bone protruding through the sole of the hoof. When this happens it can make it impossible for the horse to stand, sadly often requiring the horse …

How To Prevent Sweet Itch In Horses

Let’s be honest nobody likes being bitten by midges and while most of the time it’s just irritating it can, in some horses, lead to sweet itch. Sometimes referred to as summer itch its proper name is Culicoides Hypersensitivity (due to the Culicoides midge that causes it) and can affect thousands of horses around the world every year. Rather like …

How do I Stop My Horse Kicking?

Before you can start to think about preventing your horse from kicking you first need to understand why he’s doing it in the first. Horses often use kicking, along with other forms of body language, as a method of communication and, unless they’re in pain, will very rarely kick without any warning at all. Is it always bad when my …

11 Ways To Successfully Bond With Your Horse

Like every other relationship we have in life the one with your horse isn’t automatic, it’s something you need to work at. Horses are flight animals that survive on their instincts so it’s important that they trust you, you’ll have a far better partnership if they do. Why is it important to bond with my horse? In the wild horses …