For all of their bulk, courage and majesty horses have finely tuned and delicate internal systems which go wrong very easily! In this article, guest author Jacqui Broderick outlines the symptoms, causes and treatments of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in horses.Continue reading
There’s the age old saying ‘no foot no horse’ which is very true, I also think this is true for legs. If you really think about how fragile the horses legs are and the stresses we put them under its really quite scary, so its our job to do everything we can to help prevent injury, wear and tear on the limbs. Super Groom Kate Harley gives her advice on looking after the legs of the horses in your care.Continue reading
Minor injuries occur far too commonly in every horse’s life, so Sean Whiting, Director of specialist country and equestrian store Houghton Country, offers his advice for treating small bumps and scrapes.Continue reading
Teamwork makes the dream work with horses for sure, but one key member of that team you definitely need ‘onside’ is the farrier! A chatty farrier that is both good at their job and pleased to see you, rather than gritting their teeth and glaring at you with a resigned look of ‘let’s get this over with’, is also an awful lot more pleasant to have around. The question is… how to achieve this?Continue reading
According to BBC news, all of today’s (Thursday 7th February 2019) British horse racing meetings have been cancelled due to an outbreak of equine flu.Continue reading
Now the clocks have changed and the evenings are darker and unfortunately the weather is only going to worse. With this in mind I thought I’d just take a look at and talk about hacking safely throughout the year. I personally have encountered many rude and disrespectful drivers, walkers, dog walkers and even other horse riders. I’m sure many of you reading this will also have encountered this or know someone that has. So what can we do as horse riders to make our hacking experiences as positive and enjoyable as possible?Continue reading
We are delighted to welcome a guest blog by Lancashire-based Grand Prix Dressage Rider Hannah Doggett. Hannah is an up-and-coming young dressage rider who has her own yard where she breeds, produces and competes dressage horses, with a special love of PRE (Andalusian) horses. She is 100% dedicated to producing happy, comfortable, successful horses and here we benefit from Hannah’s sage advice on keeping your equine athletes warm at all times through the cold winter months.Continue reading
It’s the time of year many animal owners dread – firework night! Although, especially when the 5th November falls on a weeknight, fireworks are let off most nights of the week for 2-3 weeks! Not only a stressful time for animals and their owners, but for grooms caring for horses through the firework period, too. Keeping everyone (both four and two footed) safe throughout this period is a concern for everyone, so we’ve gathered some top tips for grooms caring for horses and other animals through this time of year.Continue reading
Apologies in advance to all of you who still have your mind set to happy, sunny, long summer days but the time has now come to start turning our thoughts to the fast approaching winter season. Temperatures are dropping, days are getting shorter, the show season is drawing to a close and the Hunters are out for their early morning jaunts revving up to full steam ahead for the opening meet. Much as we all jest about the delights of the British weather in winter, there is plenty to enjoy too; think frosty early morning hacks, days out at the races, having some downtime if you’re in Eventing/Showing, hunt balls, escaping to the sun for the Showjumpers and dare I say it…Christmas! As with all things in life the key to avoiding stress is good organisation. So here we are again with another dispenser load of wise words, silly opinions and ridiculous pictures that may or may not help you prepare physically, mentally and emotionally for the slightly more challenging season ahead.Continue reading
One of the most exciting things you can do as a groom is to take a horse you have been looking after and see it perform to its best at a competition. It’s a buzz and it’s a big responsibility. There is such a lot to of preparation required, so many things to remember to do and to bring, and so many places to be at certain times. Time to really showcase your skills and experience; oh and the chance for some cracking junk food at the show venue! All that being said, how would you cope if something went wrong with one of the horses in your care at a show? How prepared are you for a sick or injured horse?Continue reading
Rugging is both an art and a science. Sole charge groom positions are very popular these days and the owners and horses are reliant on you knowing your stuff and staying informed on the facts and latest thinking. Knowing where to start each Autumn is an annual dilemma for every groom, but this weeks guest blogger, Kelly Wallace Horne, gives us some useful reference points to help us take that first step into the winter season.Continue reading
Our first guest blogger reminds us of the importance of understanding the vital signs of the horses in your care. Would you know if your horse’s heart rate, pulse rate and/or respiratory rate is unusually high? Would you know if it is normal for him or her? Our guest blogger, who wishes to remain anonymous, talks us through the basic checks you can make to have a deeper understanding of how your horses may be feeling on any given day…Continue reading
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