Many horse owners clip their horses, whether it’s in the autumn and winter to remove a thick winter coat and keep them cool when working, to neaten up legs, or even for horses with conditions such as Cushing’s that grow incredibly thick coats all year round. Clipping is a useful skill to learn if your horse fits into any of these categories.
Fireworks, love them or hate them they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. It’s often a worrying and anxious time for owners as well as their horses, ponies and other pets. Leaving out vs keeping in is often the main topic of conversation at many yards as we all want to do what’s best for our much-loved friends. The answer to this question will depend greatly on the horse in question and the facilities of your yard.
I LOVE summer! Long, warm evenings. Beautiful weather for hacking followed by a cheeky bevy in a pub garden, Bliss! But it’s not without its buzzing downsides. Flies, dehydration, lethargy and sunburn are all things us horse owners need to take into consideration when caring for our horses during the summer months.
It’s fast approaching the time of year that many Pony Club riders (and lots of our customers) aim for, and that’s Pony Club camp.
Whether you (or your child) are going to camp every day and coming home in the evening, or the full camp and camping experience awaits, we want to help you pack what you need for the trip.
An adult horse in intense training can require up to double the calories of a horse for maintenance. Combined with an increased requirement for protein and certain vitamins, minerals and electrolytes this means that the nutritional management of competition horses can be very different to horses at rest.
Laminitis is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of most horse owners, and for good reason as laminitis can be a potentially fatal condition.
There are many factors that can cause laminitis. Concussion and even some medications can trigger laminitis. But here we’re going to focus on feed and management of horses and ponies prone to or at risk of laminitis. We will be looking at spring as when the grass comes through, it really does pay to be on high alert.
If your horse is bothered or agitated by flies when they are in the field (or sometimes in the stable too) then you should consider getting them to wear a fly rug. Normally designed for turnout they can help keep most of the pesky flies away from your horse. Not only might this make life more comfortable for your horse in terms of reducing the flies’ access to them, a fly rug may also help keep your horse safe in the sun too. This handy guide helps you to decide what fly rug to choose.
Dog coats are a great way of helping to keep your dog warm and dry in the winter months, but can also be used to help the dog dry after swimming and wet walks all year round. There are even dog coats available that help to keep them cool in the summer. Whatever type of dog coat you choose, you want to make sure it fits to help ensure your dog is comfortable when he or she is wearing it.
With good management and targeted nutrition we can work with our mares to stay focused and comfortable, allowing their natural strengths to win through!