10 Unusual Horse Sports

With the long summer months pretty much upon us, we all want to get outdoors and spend as much time with our horses as we can. While long rides are great fun but if you’re always doing the same thing it can get pretty boring, for both you and your horse. You could give an equestrian activity such as reigning, …

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 …

Where Should I Keep My Horse

A guide to finding the perfect livery yard Wouldn’t it be great if we all had enough land to be able to keep our horses at home!! Sadly for most of us, that isn’t an option and if you’re not lucky enough to have your own land you’ll need to find a livery yard or boarding stables. So what should …

How To Keep A Horse From Being Bored

Horses are social animals and being isolated can lead to them being bored and ultimately stressed. The idea is to prevent them from getting bored in the first place rather than trying to reduce their stress after they start suffering from it. As they say, prevention is always better than cure.  In an ideal world, we’d all make sure that …

What’s A Good First Pony For A Child?

If your child has been bitten by the riding bug then you’re bound to have heard the ‘can I have a pony’ question a few times. If you’re lucky enough to be able to get a pony for your child you’ll want to know what sort of pony is a good choice to start with. When you begin looking for …