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18 Valuable Tips for Feeding of Laminitics

Vets, research workers and and experienced horse handlers all agree that management of a laminitic is everything. There is no cure, therefore avoiding the disease in the first place is important, and experts agree that careful management could drastically reduce the number of cases. 18 tips to help manage a laminitic: Most importantly horses and ponies should never be overfed … Continue reading

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Training Tips: Stretching Benefits for Your Horse

When we ask our horses to work in an outline with their neck round, it’s not the only thing we are asking. If done correctly we are asking our horses for a certain amount of collection, the back end will be engaged and the muscles of the whole back will work harder and the roundness of neck will start from … Continue reading

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Autumn Laminitis Caution

There is the suggestion that there are more cases of laminitis admitted to veterinary clinics in September than any other month as autumn brings the grass back to life, so supporting horses and ponies prone to laminitis is especially important at this time. Horses that are prone to laminitis should be fed low calorie, low sugar, low starch feeds which … Continue reading

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Rio: What is Zika and Should We Worry?

The Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito with the most common symptoms being fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis. There is little evidence to suggest horses can develop the disease. The virus is related to dengue, yellow fever and West Nile virus. Although it was discovered in the Zika forest in Uganda in 1947 … Continue reading

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Top Travel Tips from the Pros

Travel your horse safely with these useful pieces of advice from our professional riders: Before loading ensure the lorry or trailer is safe and all the back lights are working Always open windows, optimum ventilation is essential when travelling Don’t over rug. Even if it’s a cold winter morning once the ramp is closed, and especially with multiple horses onboard, the temperature … Continue reading

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6 Tips for a More Elastic Canter

We often hear the words ‘more adjustable canter’, or ‘more elastic canter’ and we know that achieving that will improve our riding, whether we’re jumping or doing a dressage test, but how can we achieve it? Here are some well tested tips to help: Practice doing lots of transitions from every pace, start from trot-canter-trot then progress to canter-walk-canter. This will make … Continue reading

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Training: 12 Tips for Correct Lungeing

Lungeing is a useful tool for many of us, especially when we’re short on time, unable to ride, or working with restricted daylight/riding hours. It’s a good alternative to riding when done properly and provides part of the framework for developing ridden work, bringing on youngsters, and working horses who cannot wear tack due to wounds or rubs. It’s also useful for building enhanced … Continue reading

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How to Help Manage Cribbing Through Diet

Are you trying to manage a crib-biter or wind-sucker? Understanding stereotypies and considering implementing the following will help… • Limit starchy feed such as course mix and grains • Turnout as much as possible • Offer ad-lib forage at all times (soak if you need to reduce energy content) • Don’t use collars • Feed an antacid • Turnout with … Continue reading

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Training: Are You Setting Realistic Goals?

Horses are one of life’s great levellers and as most of us have experienced at some point – things don’t always go to plan. Make the most of riding and give yourself the best chance of success by being realistic about what you can achieve. When starting out with a new equine partnership ask yourself the following: What do you … Continue reading

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Training: 6 Tips for Staying Sound This Summer

Keeping your horse sound all summer is not always easy, especially if you have a busy riding schedule.  Check the ground. If the mercury rises and the turf dries out the ground can turn rock solid, if you’re eventing, jumping, or doing dressage on grass be careful and consider the going. If you’re hacking with cantering/galloping work find an all-weather gallop to help … Continue reading

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