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How to Tell if Your Horse is Happy

Happy Horse

One of the most satisfying elements of owning a horse is knowing it is happy and healthy. But how do you really know if your horse is happy? Well, here at Prime Stables we have been working with horses for many years and we know that, despite their individual characteristics, horses tend to exhibit some common behaviours and expressions to… ...Read More

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How to Care for Your Horse at Christmas

Christmas Horse

Christmas is a busy time for everyone and it can be difficult prioritising all the things that need to be done. If you are the proud owner of a horse, you will know that the seasons festivities can have an effect on your horse. Therefore, it is wise to plan ahead when considering how to care for your horse at… ...Read More

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7 Treats for Your Horse this Christmas

Christmas Horse

Christmas is one of the most popular times of year and is a wonderful time for people to celebrate with their families, exchange gifts and treat themselves to excessive eating. Often, the assumption is that there isn’t much you can treat you horse with over the Christmas season. You can’t exactly share your roast dinner with your horse! But there… ...Read More

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Horses and Fireworks; How to Prepare Your Horse for the Noisiest Day of the Year

Fireworks

Fireworks night is an exciting time of year. However, it can be a frightening night for livestock, especially if they are unprepared. With fireworks being let off earlier every year, horse owners can find fireworks night a stressful time of year. Even the calmest horses can be easily frightened by the loud explosions of fireworks but there are steps you… ...Read More

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Laminitis in Horses

Little Horse

Laminitis in Horses Laminitis is one of the most serious and crippling diseases horses can have. Sadly, severe and recurring cases of laminitis can cause your horse to suffer a lot and limit his ability. Treatment for laminitis can be extremely time consuming and expensive, requiring a lot of persistence from the carer for an extended period. I have written… ...Read More

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Horse Coughing

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Horse Coughing; Causes and Preventions As winter approaches and we prepare our horses and their stables for the cold weather, horse coughing can become a part of everyday life. Winter is a common time for horse coughing to increase, due to the extended periods of time horses are kept inside. However, in a small number of cases your horse’s cough… ...Read More

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Horse Acupuncture

Horse Acupuncture

Equine Acupuncture Acupuncture has been used as a successful medical treatment for both humans and animals for thousands of years. Acupuncture is particularly effective for horses, helping to relieve pain and restore full health. Equine acupuncture is regarded as a veterinary procedure and, as such, can only be performed by a qualified veterinary surgeon.   What is Equine Acupuncture?   Acupuncture is… ...Read More

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Arthritis in Horses: Causes, Prevention and Cures

Black and White Horse

Arthritis is sadly one of the most common ailments to affect horses, particularly later in life. Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that afflicts many horses, affecting their quality of life and general health. Arthritis is painful, making it difficult for a horse to have full-range of movement with ease. The condition is normally slow developing, wearing down the joints,… ...Read More

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Back Pain in Horses; Causes, Preventions and Cures

Horse Lying Down

Back pain in horses is a common condition that threatens performance horses the most often. All horses are susceptible to back pain on some level. Long-backed horses are prone to muscle ligament strain, while short-backed horses are more susceptible to vertebrae problems. Horse back pain can have a drastic effect on the happiness, health and overall fitness of your horse.… ...Read More

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7 Ways to Keep Your Horse Happy

Happy Horse

One of the most important aspects of caring for your horse is keeping him happy. Horses are surprisingly social and active animals that tend to get bored or lonely easily. Horses, despite not being able to speak, can effectively communicate their emotions to express how they are feeling. Horses can become depressed, even developing odd behaviours, if they are deprived… ...Read More

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How to Exercise Your Horse

Horse Exercise

Here at Prime Stables, we know that exercise is an essential aspect of horse care. It helps build and maintain muscles, while allowing you to successfully bond with your horse. When exercise is done properly, it will keep your horse in optimal health, calm and happy. It is common that horses who aren’t exercised regularly can become sick more often… ...Read More

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Horse Games

Horse Games

Horse Games Horse games are a wonderful way to bond with your horse, increase your horseback riding abilities and engage your horse in challenging tasks that require thought. Below, I have listed numerous horse games that I love and have enjoyed playing with my horses. I hope they inspire you to engage with your horse in different ways. Read on… ...Read More

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How to Effectively Bathe Your Horse

Horse in the Ocean

How to Effectively Bathe Your Horse It’s summer, the nice weather is here and it’s the perfect time to take your horse out for a ride. However, regular riding also means that your horse becomes dirty more frequently. For this reason, it’s important you understand how to effectively bathe your horse. Although bathing your horse isn’t technically challenging, it can… ...Read More

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How to Introduce a New Horse to the Herd

Here at Prime Stables, we know that getting a new horse can be exciting but the thought of introducing new horses is something many horse owners worry about. Horses are social animals and tend to prefer the company of others to a solitary lifestyle. Regardless of how you introduce a new horse to a herd, it is likely they will… ...Read More

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How to Prepare a Field for Your Horse

How to Prepare a Field for Your Horse Here at Prime Stables, we know the importance of appropriately preparing a field for your horse. The field in which your horse is kept can have a big effect on his physical health and mental well-being. Therefore, careful consideration should be taken over the preparation of your horse’s field. Below, we have listed… ...Read More

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How to Keep Your Horse Cool During Summer

How to Keep Your Horse Cool During Summer The weather lately has been unexpected to say the least. England is known for its miserable, changeable weather but for the last few weeks the sun has been scorching enthusiastic beach-goers and tan-seekers. As temperatures soar, hundreds and thousands of people head to the shore with their BBQ’s and swim gear to… ...Read More

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How to Get Rid of Flies Naturally

How to Get Rid of Flies Naturally Summer is well on its way and the weather is slowly getting warmer. There are so many wonderful things about summer, especially when you like to ride! When the sun’s out there is more time to spend time outside with your horse. Unfortunately, there are many things about summertime that are problematic when… ...Read More

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How to Check the Fit of a Saddle

How to Check the Fit of a Saddle Finding the right saddle for your horse can be difficult. A saddle that doesn’t fit correctly can cause discomfort, sore back muscles and an unwilling attitude from your horse. Although saddles come in all different shapes and sizes, you will need to find a saddle that fits your horse correctly. Fitting should… ...Read More

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How to Care for Your Horse’s Saddle

How to Care for Your Horse’s Saddle Here at Prime Stables we love everything about leather saddles, the look, the smell, the feel. But we also know that, if you own a leather saddle for your horse, you will want to keep it in good condition for years to come. Taking good care of your saddle will not only increase… ...Read More

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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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Rubber Matting for Horse Stables

There are so many varieties of rubber horse mats available on the market today that it can be difficult knowing which kind to choose. Rubber mattng is extremely durable, offering cushioning protection and comfort to your horse – whether in the stables or during transportation. The advantages of using rubber matting are limitless. Not only are they hardwearing, waterproof and… ...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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6 Essential Health Checks for your Horse 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… ...Read More

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7 Ways to Keep Your Horse Healthy During the Christmas Season

Christmas horse

7 Ways to Keep Your Horse Healthy During the Christmas Season 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… ...Read More

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What Do Horses Eat? A Few Facts on Horse Feeding

What do horses eat

What Do Horses Eat? A Few Facts on Horse Feeding 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… ...Read More

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Horse Shipping – Taking Your Horse on a Plane

Horse shipping

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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