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The dreaded L-word… Laminitis

The dreaded L-word can affect your horse or pony at any time of the year, although cases are more common in the spring when the grass gets going. Although research in the past couple of decades has revealed more understanding of this complex condition, there is still much to learn. Until then, there are practical management strategies to reduce its … Continue reading

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How to feed cereals and cereal-based mixes

Many owners throw their hands up in horror at the idea of feeding cereals to horses with all the bad press they get from some feed companies, but in fact cereal grains can be a useful ingredient for certain horses in certain situations.  What are cereals and what do they give the horse?  Cereal grains are the seeds of plants … Continue reading

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Top tips for your first event of the season from ReadySupp Rider Coral Keen

At the first event of the year, we can all feel a bit rusty, so allow yourself plenty of extra time. Time to tack up, warm up, walk the course, get there, so you don’t add any extra pressure onto yourself and are in the right mindset. There is nothing worse than being rushed! Go through all your kit that … Continue reading

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Compound feed for working horses – to feed or not to feed?

Does your working horse need compound feed? Feeding has changed over the decades with the availability of much more nutritious forages, and the understanding that working horses can be fed plenty of forage without it limiting their performance.  What is compound feed? Compound feed is – by legal definition – a feed made up of more than two ingredients, which … Continue reading

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Bring Your Horse Back into Work with Flora Harris

At the end of each season we like to give most of our horses a good holiday before bringing them back in for their winter training.  It used to be very normal to turn horses away for around three months and not bring them back until January, but now it is much more common to give them a shorter break … Continue reading

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Basic Foundations of Feeding

In this day and age of exciting novelties and matchy-matchy gear, the words ‘basic’ and ‘foundation’ can be considered boring. But if you pay close attention to the basics of nutrition, your horse is likely to benefit in their health, performance and welfare.  What are the foundations of feeding? The foundations of feeding are the building blocks that lead to … Continue reading

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Get Your Horse Fit with Coral Keen

Having got many event horses fit to compete over the years, we thought we would share some of International Event Rider, Coral Keen’s top tips with you all… Do plenty of walk work.  This is incredibly important when you start getting horses fit but also something to do at all times when working horses. I think it is a really … Continue reading

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New Year, New Diet

Although horses don’t suffer from the alcohol and unhealthy or excessive food intake that we often do over Christmas, New Year is a good time to overhaul their diets too. Reassess your horse’s performance throughout 2019 and question their diet and feeding regime. Could it be healthier, cheaper, more effective, less wasteful? Making your feeding goals for 2020 If you’ve … Continue reading

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Mares and their Hormones…

It can be easy to forget that mares are entire, like stallions, with fluctuating hormone levels that affect their behaviour. For some mares this can affect their concentration, their trainability and their performance. Can nutrition support help?  Background on mare reproductive cycles The mare’s oestrous cycle is controlled by hormones, which are chemicals that control body functions. The increase of … Continue reading

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Jumping Exercises from ReadySupp Rider Coral Keen

These jumping exercises are perfect for those with very limited access to fences. I often use them with all of my horses, no matter what level they are working at… Serpentine Exercise This exercise is great for suppleness, straightness and to practice correctly bringing the horses shoulders around the turn. Set the four fences up down the centre line of … Continue reading

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