Prime Stables Blog

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

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.… ...Read More

Braving wet and windy Scotland

As a company, we strive to accommodate different needs and tastes. This can mean adapting buildings for different parts of the country (and beyond). Two weeks ago, our installation team were in the lovely Lanarkshire in Scotland. Following months of planning, our boys left at the crack of dawn on Bank Holiday Monday last month, travelled up the M1 and… ...Read More

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How Do I Apply For A BHS Equine Passport For My Horse

Horse passport

To comply with an EU directive that aims to ensure that all horses that have been treated with veterinary medicines are not slaughtered for human consumption, all horses now have to have an equine passport that shows the individual horses history. The Government and the horse industry believe that other benefits will also  be realised if all horses have a passport.… ...Read More

Horse Flies – Keep Them Under Control and Off Your Horses

Blindfolded horse

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

Mobile Building Special Offer!


The Prime Stables team have asked me to let you know about their current special offer on their ex-demonstration buildings. These are buildings which are used for display purposes only so you will essentially receive a brand new building for a discounted price! Don’t forget, mobile field shelters do not need planning (see to find out why) so if your animals are sick of… ...Read More

Fencing Requirements for Horses and Paddocks


When you decide to fence your paddocks the most important consideration is to ensure that it is safe and suitable for horses. Your fencing should be high enough to deter your horses from jumping out, fighting over it and low enough at the bottom to prevent foals and small ponies from rolling or crawling underneath it. Your fence should be… ...Read More

What exactly does the term 'Permitted Development' mean?

On 1st October 2008 planning regulations for certain building works were simplified so as to allow various small scale development to go ahead without the need for a planning application to be submitted to the your council. These new rules were mainly brought in to prevent the possible snarl up at planning departments for relatively minor works. These minor works… ...Read More

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



Prime Stables have informed me that this month is a double celebration. The head of the Prime family Mr W E H Prime, is Sarah & Gary’s eldest daughter, Harriet and her granddad, Mr W E H Prime at a Prime family wedding 90 years old and without him, Prime Stables would not be Prime Stables. Sarah Macey (née Prime)… ...Read More

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

A Heart Warming Christmas Story

The brother and sister had made their usual hurried, pre-Christmas visit to the little farm where dwelt their elderly parents with their small herd of horses. The farm had been named Lone Pine Farm because of the huge pine which topped the hill behind the farm, and through the years had become a talisman to the old man and his… ...Read More

Why Does My Horse Box Walk and What Can I Do To Help?

Horse with bottles

Box walking is when a horse paces up and down the stable or walks around the inside of the perimeter. This can be due to anxiety, nerves, boredom, frustration or general unhappiness in their environment. Ways to help stop your horse from box walking are as follows: Install a stable mirror so that your horse thinks that there is another… ...Read More

Mobile Field Shelters and their Uses

Doorless shed

We all know that mobile field shelters are used for shelter for our horses but did you know they can be used for other things as well? After speaking with the Prime Stables Team, they have informed me that throughout the nine years they have been going, they have supplied shelters as dog kennels, alpaca shelters and what is becoming… ...Read More

How To Look After Your Horse In The Snow

Horses in 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

Horses and our Royal Family

Royal horse

Horses and our Royal Family With our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee rapidly approaching, I started thinking about how horses and the Royal family are linked. The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (HCMR)  are a ceremonial cavalry regiment if the British Army who will be on parade for all to see at this year’s celebrations. The regiment carries out mounted and some dismounted duties. The regiment… ...Read More

Respiratory Problems in Horses

Horses nose

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

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

Mobile Field Shelter for Reindeer


Santa is coming to town! This week, the Prime Stables Team have informed me that they put up a 10.8m Mobile Field Shelter for reindeer! The three reindeer that will be using the shelter are called Dancer (because the previous owner has a dance class), Velvet (fur like velvet) and Spot (because his fur is white with one brown spot).… ...Read More

How Do I Know If My Horse Is Going Blind?

Blind eye

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

Why Is Reflective Clothing Important When Riding?


Now the days are getting shorter and the nights longer, riding in the dark is becoming more frequent and so, another safety aspect has to be taken into account: reflective clothing for both horse and rider. We all know that we should wear ‘high-vis’ clothing when hacking out however, it is even more important in the darker and gloomier weather… ...Read More

War Horses

Horse drawing

‘The soldier came to regard his horse almost as an extension of his being.’ J M Brereton, the author of The Horse in War. With Remembrance Sunday just behind us and the up coming release of Michael Morpurgo’s ‘The War Horse’ , I thought it would be topical to do a piece on just how much horses were used throughout war. Horses… ...Read More

How Does The Planning Process For A Stable Block Work


In today’s posting I thought it would be beneficial to talk about the planning process. Prime Stables have a great architectural design team and can help you with most general questions. Give them a call on 01403 823 836 and they will be only too pleased to help you. What Prime Stables will do for you Unless your new buildings fall under… ...Read More

How To Look After Your Horse In The Winter

Horses in the snow

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

How To Look After An Older Horse

Woman with 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

How Do I Weigh My Horse

Human with 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

Tell Me More About Horse Passports – Some Questions You Might Be Asking

Horse passport

Since my last posting on ‘Horse Passports’ a number of people have come up to me asking for more information on the subject, so set out below are some common questions and answers that all relate to what you may be asking yourself. I hope they help you…….. Q. When would I need to produce my horse’s passport? The passport must… ...Read More

Low Emission Zone – Does My Horsebox Need Converting?


Roughly 72,000 various different vehicles are likely to be affected with this new policy. How will I be affected by the changes in emission costs? Long gone are the days in which you could load up your horsebox and take it wherever you like with the only thing you had to worry about was what you were putting into it,… ...Read More

Mobile Stables – A new unique design from Prime Stables

Mobile stable yard

PRIME STABLES have asked me to help them to introduce a new and radical design to their range of mobile equestrian buildings “The Mobile Stable Yard” Mobile Stable Yard THE MOBILE STABLE YARD Measuring 10.8m x 3.6m. This new unique design will give you: 2 no. 3.0m x 3.6m Stables Keep your horse content inside a ‘Prime ‘Mobile Stable 1… ...Read More

Crib Biting – A Study Of This Vice

Horse in stable

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

Where Can I Find A Lambing Building

Stable with gate

This is a question Prime Stables are asked each Spring and I have decided to show you the ideal building for the small holder. A fully mobile shelter that has a store room added on to one end. You can keep your sheep inside the shelter and all those little bits and pieces that are needed are kept securely locked away… ...Read More

How Do I Feed A Horse With Laminitis

Running horse

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

How Does a Horse Get Laminitis

Short horse

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

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

The Year Horses Saved Christmas – A Christmas Story

Christmas image

With Christmas now upon us, I thought it was time for a little bit of Christamas cheer. I came across this Christmas story a couple of years ago and I thought it would make a nice post for the festive period, so read and enjoy. Have alovely Christmas thank you all for your comments, keep em coming and I will be… ...Read More

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

How Do I Look After & Maintain My Horses Paddock

Open field with three horses

The reason we turn our horses out in to a paddock is to provide adequate grass for feed and enough space for healthy exercise and horse contentment. These are the basic needs that all horse owners need to consider. By following these steps set out below you will ensure that your horse’s pasture is in the best possible condition and… ...Read More

How Do I Prevent – Horse Sick Pasture

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

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

Does My Horse Need A Tetanus & Influenza Vaccination

Horse neck

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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