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Everything You Need to Know About Grooming Your Horse

Everything You Need to Know About Grooming Your Horse Grooming is one of the most beneficial ways you can bond with your horse. Not only does it improve the appearance of your horse, but it helps promote healthy and emotional bonding between the two of you. Grooming stabled horses should be done on a regular basis to keep a horse’s… ...Read More

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7 Horse Facial Expressions and What They Mean

7 Horse Facial Expressions and What They Mean In a new study, psychologists from the University of Sussex have found that horses use a range of muscular movements to form dynamic facial expressions that are nearly identical to those of humans. The muscles in the human face allow us to make around 27 facial expressions. However, the ability to use… ...Read More

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6 Essential Health Checks for your Horse

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Horses can be unpredictable creatures and can easily rack up expensive vet bills that you don’t particularly like the look of!  It’s always good to be aware of your horse’s health and carry out regular checks to ensure that if there are any problems you can catch them quickly before they escalate into something more serious. Vital Signs You should… ...Read More

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7 Ways to Keep Your Horse Healthy During the Christmas Season

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Christmas is coming and the cold is really starting to set in. If you’re anything like me, you may be more tempted than ever to wrap your horse up in a thick blanket and invite him inside to sit by the fire. But in reality, there’s not enough space in my living room for a horse and horse’s actually stay… ...Read More

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What Do Horses Eat? A Few Facts on Horse Feeding

What do horses eat

Horses like to break from their normal routines from time to time. You may have noticed that your horse suddenly gets a new lease of energy if you take him on a new riding trail. It only makes sense then that he would also enjoy some variation in his diet – just like we do! Even if I wanted to,… ...Read More

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Horse Shipping – Taking Your Horse on a Plane

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Whether you and your horse are seasoned travellers or going long distance for the first time, you are bound to have questions. There was a time where I myself didn’t even consider the fact that horses have to travel to events, it simply never crossed my mind. I know that may sound ridiculous but can you honestly picture a horse… ...Read More

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7  Horse Beauty Products To Add To Your Wishlist

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Autumn is coming and I’ve been thinking about my horses’ beauty routine. I love my horses so much, and it’s natural I want only the best for them. Horses are such gentle creatures and rely on us for everything, so it’s only fair we give them the same care and attention we’d give ourselves. So, with that in mind I’ve found seven items… ...Read More

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Sweet itch - what is it and what can be done about it?

Sweet Itch

With the summer pretty much underway, horse owners need to be aware of the danger of sweet itch. Seasonal Recurrent Dermatitis (SSRD) is caused by an allergic reaction from midges. Redwings say that the insects tend to prefer the areas around the horse’s tail, mane and withers. The horses affected get very uncomfortable and it can cause an intense itch. It can… ...Read More

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Horse Flies – Keep Them Under Control and Off Your Horses

Flies are a great annoyance but they also present a danger to your horse. Whether you are dealing with face flies or the much more serious stable flies, horse flies and even deer flies, it will pay to have a pest management plan to combat them. The main danger is a potential serious eye infection that could easily occur if… ...Read More

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Do Buttercups Present A Danger To Horses

We are all now fully aware that the ragwort plant when asked, is the most dangerous plant  that our horses can digest but are you aware that another yellow peril potentially lurks in your paddocks –The Buttercup. Horses that develop a taste for buttercups can end up with an excess of saliva, sometimes mild colic and also diarrhoea. Consumption levels do… ...Read More

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Osteochindrosis. What is it and what treatment is available.

This week I thought I would compile a report on this not too well known disease.  I would welcome knowing of your experiences of OCD so as to share them  other readers. It may just help someone who’s horse may be suffering. Osteochondrosis or (OCD)  is a relatively common developmental disease that can affects all types of horses, but particularly larger… ...Read More

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How To Look After Your Horse In The Snow

After the terrible winds, we all want to let our horses out for some air but what do you do if, like now,  there is snow on the ground? What if they damage a leg on the icy floor? Will health problems arise if you keep your horse confined? Professional yards tend to keep their horses in during the wintry… ...Read More

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Respiratory Problems in Horses

As we all know, during these cold winter months, we can get breathless at the best of times and the common cold is rife so think of your horses being kept in the warm for long periods of time and it won’t surprise you that respiratory problems can happen. Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO) can be caused by particles in the… ...Read More

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Water Care For Your Horse In Winter

As the temperature drops, the water that you give to your horse is likely to freeze over. What is the best way to look after your water in this cold weather? Now, horses may reduce their intake of water during the colder weather. If this is combined with a larger intake of food (such as hay), it can result in colic.… ...Read More

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How Do I Know If My Horse Is Going Blind?

Why the moon is no longer bright for some horses. The most common cause of equine blindness is Equine Recurrent Uveitus (ERU). Uveitus translates as inflammation inside the eye which is common in may eye ailments and most cases recover however, the difference with ERU is that there a re repeated attacks and this often happens when a horse is… ...Read More

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How To Look After Your Horse In The Winter

Follow these top tips on looking after your horse in the cold for a worry-free winter. As we all know, British weather can be turbulent at the best of times. Winter can be beautiful sunshine one minute and treacherous snow the next. From the looks of the recent weather reports, it looks like the weather is going to be white… ...Read More

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How To Look After An Older Horse

How To Look After An Older Horse The record for the oldest pony is 56. Sugar Puff, a 10hh Shetland-Exmoor gelding – owned by Sally Botting. Sugar Puff died in May 2007 following complicated problems with his health. As a nation, we love our horses and as a result of this, the population of older horses and ponies is constantly… ...Read More

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How Do I Weigh My Horse

Weighing your horse The most accurate method of weighing your horse is on an equine specific weighbridge, which will provide an accurate calculation of bodyweight. However, these facilities are not widely accessible. A public weighbridge may be available but this environment may not be very safe to unload a horse in. Public weighbridges are normally designed for larger weights so you… ...Read More

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Crib Biting – A Study Of This Vice

I have recently come across an interesting study that was reported on within the Horse & Hound and I thought it would make interesting reading for you today. A study was carried out by the Royal agricultural college (RAC). They analysed a small population of crib-biting horses during a period of inactivity during the day time. They found that on average,… ...Read More

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How Do I Feed A Horse With Laminitis

Feeding And Management Should Your Horse Get Laminitis It is quite Common that horse owners are led to believe that they should starve a horse or pony that has laminitis, but would you starve an ill person? I believe it is vital that the horse or pony with laminitis receives a fibrous diet supplemented that has sufficient minerals and vitamins to keep the horses… ...Read More

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How Does a Horse Get Laminitis

In today’s article I thought it would be useful to take a look at the main causes of Laminitis. The true cause of laminitis is still unclear, but there are a number of situations that may lead to the condition. Set out below are the more well known causes. Please add to this list by posting a comment. Other readers… ...Read More

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How Do I Stop My Horse Getting Worms And Other Parasites

There are numerous types of worms that use the horse as a host during their lifecycle.  The degree of damage to the horse depends on the type of worm, its lifecycle,whether it remains inside the gut or migrates round the body, the number of worms present and the horse’s health and immune status. An appropriate worming programme, with regular treatment,… ...Read More

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Crib Biting and Wind Suckers- Some Ideas To Cure This Vice

It is difficult to work out why some horses are more prone to stable vices than others. It is possible to discourage crib-biting, but a total cure is rare and you may find that a horse that appears to stop will often start again when he feels stressed or unhappy. Many horses crib-bite all their lives with few ill effects,… ...Read More

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How Do I Prevent – Horse Sick Pasture

An over grazed field or “horse-sick” field will have a rather patchy appearance and evidence of rampant weed growth, possibly with parched, bare soil in places with no grass growth at all. The former are likely the places where you find the majority of horse droppings. If the grazing on the rest of the field is sparse, your horse will… ...Read More

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Haylage – What Is It And When Do I Feed It To My Horses

A number of my equestrian friends have been asking me to put this article together as they feel that many horse owners would really benefit from some definitive information on Haylage, and how to best to buy, feed and store it. So lets get started, what is Haylage? Haylage is stored ready for delivery and is  a replacement for hay… ...Read More

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Does My Horse Need A Tetanus & Influenza Vaccination

With winter closing in, I thought for todays post we would look at a topic that is topical and important for all horse owners at this time of year. Therefore, it is always best to take the approach that prevention is ultimately better than cure and inoculation can provide horses with immunity against commonly occurring debilitating infections. The principle of… ...Read More

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What Is Grass Sickness

Grass Sickness As the name suggests Equine Grass Sickness (EGS) or Equine Dysautonomia is a disease that affects almost exclusively grass kept animals. Good Quality Grazing This devastating disease,  affects the nervous system causing colic, muscle tremors, constipation, weight loss and difficulty swallowing. The cause of grass sickness is unknown despite almost 100 years of investigation. Research suggests that the… ...Read More

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Do I Need A Pre-Purchase Examination When I buy A Horse

A Pre-Purchase Examination When you have found the horse that you feel is the most suitable for you and that he has met your criteria; I strongly recommended that you arrange for a vet to carry out a pre-purchase veterinary examination. This may seem costly it’s not. It may save you a lot of money and heartache in the future.… ...Read More

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What Do I Need To Know When I Buy My First Horse

What to look for when buying a horse

You’ve been riding for a while, you know what’s involved, you can commit the time and now you are ready for your first horse, so let’s look at what you need to do. What Are Your Riding Capabilities? You need to firstly determine your own riding standards and what type of horse you need to look for. Be careful not to… ...Read More

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How Do I Decide How Much Pasture And Grazing Is Required For Horses

This is a common question I come across. Opinions can differ, but you will generally find that the average pasture will provide approximately two horses per hectare as permanent grazing or 1-1.5 acres per individual horse, that is of course, provided good pasture management is employed. This is what is considered a minimum acreage requirement for the average horse, but there a number of different things… ...Read More

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Can I Graze My Horses With Other Livestock

This is a question I often come across and it is commonly known as ‘Cross Grazing.’ You will find that when you graze horses with other livestock such as cattle and sheep it can be beneficial to both graze down the areas of rough grass that horses tend to avoid, and it will also reduce the weed and parasite burdens.… ...Read More

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Warning! Do Not Let Your Horses Eat Grass Cuttings

I have found that many of us are totally unaware that grass cuttings when left on fields and on the road side are potentially dangerous because when ingested by our animals it could have potentially fatal consequences. Please be aware of this, if you are out hacking and your horse starts eyeing up what he considers a nice little snack of… ...Read More

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Ragwort – Its Dangers And Dealing With Them

The Ragwort plant is a common weed that grows throughout the land and potential poisoning poses a real threat as it contains toxic compounds that could kill your horses if you aren’t aware. Horses are particularly susceptible due to grazing as are other animals. Ragwort – Its Life Span And What It Looks Like Ragwort takes two years to fully grow and… ...Read More

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Grooming Your Horse – A beginners Guide

Within this article, you will find reference to various brushes that you will need. You will find a selection of good value brushes in the Prime Stables online shop. The Benefits of Grooming Grooming your horse has many benefits. First and foremost, it is an excellent way for you to bond with him. Horses are animals which communicate more by sight, smell… ...Read More

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Rubber Matting – The Pros and Cons of its Use

Rubber matting is becoming increasingly popular as a form of bedding or a bedding base, while some people remain hesitant about using it, as the Horse & Hound explains. While rubber matting is becoming increasingly popular in both busy livery yards and private stables, some people don’t like the idea of using rubber matting as a bed in their stables… ...Read More

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