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Horse Advice

Search or browse 305 Horse advice articles on Horse health, Horse care and Horse behaviour.

Sarcoids and should you remove them
22nd February 2021
The mention of the word ‘sarcoid’ invokes some quite strong reactions from horse owners. At purchase, a sarcoid is something that doesn’t trouble some buyers and will cause others to walk away. If the horse is vetted, sarcoids will usually be noted on the vet certificate and then excluded by the insurance company.Sarcoids....Read Full Article

Want to try working hunter classes this year? Here is everything you need to know
18th February 2021
Working hunter classes are great for lots of different riders, they are the ultimate performance class and are something that appeals to riders with sports horses, not just the showing fraternity.  If you fancy trying out workers this year, here are the key things you will need to know. Class typesAt small sho....Read Full Article

Managing horse in sub-zero temperatures
18th February 2021
Horses as a species cope well with very cold temperatures providing that they have a shelter – this doesn’t have to be the stable – and are well fed with lots of forage.Grass kept horsesSome horses even old horses do surprisingly well living out in cold conditions but they must have access to shelter and ad-lib fo....Read Full Article

Coping with hoof abscesses during the winter months
18th February 2021
Horsey folk don’t need to be told it has been the wettest December on record as they know from the state of their fields and the condition of their horses’ feet how wet the ground has been. Trying to avoid hoof abscesses is a number one priority this winter for most horse owners but is there anything you can really do or is an absc....Read Full Article

Options to consider if you can no longer care for your horse or pony yourself
30th December 2020
2020 saw many of us unexpectedly struggling for either time, money or both, and the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to go on to have a large impact on many of our lives for a long time to come.Regardless of the reasons, even for horse and pony owners those that plan everything carefully and never take risks, the time might come when....Read Full Article

Six questions and answers about horses, ponies and riding during lockdown 2
10th November 2020
If you own a horse or a pony, what you’re allowed to do in terms of riding, caring for them, and meeting their needs during lockdown 2 can be a bit confusing.Added to this, there has been a fair amount of backtracking in terms of guidance on what is and is not permitted for equestrian-related businesses during this time too, p....Read Full Article

What is Equine Herpes Virus and do you need to vaccinate against it?
12th August 2020
There are nine types of Equine Herpes Virus also called Equine Rhinopneumonitis but the most important strains are EHV 1 and EHV 4.  These are the only two against which there is a vaccination.   Both EHV 1 and 4 can cause an upper respiratory tract infection in horses a bit like flu but they can also create abortion in pregn....Read Full Article

What to know about BE
28th July 2020
Is this your first season eventing?  What to know about British Eventing British Eventing is the organisation responsible for horse trials in the UK and if you want to take part in affiliated horse trials then you have to join this sporting discipline.British Eventing offers a range of membership options and s....Read Full Article

Is this your first season eventing?  What to know about British Eventing
12th May 2020
British Eventing is the organisation responsible for horse trials in the UK and if you want to take part in affiliated horse trials then you have to join this sporting discipline.British Eventing offers a range of membership options and subscriptions but there are other things you will need to pay for.How to get started ....Read Full Article

Beware early laminitis this Spring
29th April 2020
After a mild and very wet winter, the grass is bursting through with vigour, in fact, it hasn’t actually stopped growing all winter.  Laminitis will be around early this year so if you have fatties, good-doers or native ponies then you need to start to think about how you will manage the initial flourish of spring grass.T....Read Full Article

It’s just a question of colour
13th April 2020
Coloured horses have never been more fashionable and the appetite for these horses whatever shape or size they are just does not seem to diminish.  A few decades ago, it would have been unthinkable to see skewbalds and piebalds in the show ring but now there are classes for them at all levels including county.Coloured horse....Read Full Article

Looking after your horse and maintaining social distancing
30th March 2020
If you keep horses and they’re not housed or grazed on your own land at which you also live, you might be wondering how social distancing and caring for your horse all works. Obviously people who own horses and ponies still need to provide care for them, but how can you do this safely and within the spirit of the coronavirus restrict....Read Full Article

Planning a good emergency kit to add to your lorry or trailer
26th February 2020
With the new competition season looming, servicing and prepping your horse’s transport is an important job.  Keeping equine transport in good working order is crucial for reliability and safety. But is there anything you can do to be a little bit more self-sufficient when you are out and about?  A good emergency kit can mak....Read Full Article

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics
18th February 2020
The Olympics are back and with horses the only animals involved in the Olympic movement, there is considerable focus on managing their welfare in the challenging conditions which will prevail in Japan during this running of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.Horses are prolific sweaters but there are unique challenges which will be....Read Full Article

Top Tack Tips
5th February 2020
Aside from the cost of the horse and possibly the lorry or trailer and vets bills, the saddlery is one of the most expensive items you will purchase when it comes to your equestrian activities.  So, it pays dividends to look after it and cherish it and there are safety implications too.Here are some tips to help you look af....Read Full Article

Considering an overseas riding holiday this year?  Read our essential guide
23rd January 2020
There is almost nowhere on the planet that doesn’t offer fabulous riding holidays these days.  Your choice of destination is only limited by two things, your imagination and your pocket.Riding in a foreign country is an amazing experience but most riding holidays do have some things in common so if you have never experien....Read Full Article

Treatment options for melanomas in grey horses
9th January 2020
It was the vet, Derek Knottenbelt, he of Liverpool Cream fame, who said it was a scandal that there had not been more research and progress made in treating melanomas in grey horses.  After all, these can affect 80% of greys.What are melanomas?Melanoma is a type of cancerous tumour and one of a few different types ....Read Full Article

Equestrian New Year’s Resolutions to Kickstart 2020
29th December 2019
It’s a proper winter this year with mud, mud, glorious mud so to keep up your spirits, why not take a look at our list of New Year’s resolutions and see how many take your fancy.  Let’s look ahead to a sunny, horsey 2020.Join one of the disciplines, there are lots of ‘try out’ options so you can have a go before y....Read Full Article

The Whip Hand
25th October 2019
As animal rights protestors become ever more vocal at equestrian competitions, the welfare of the sporting horse has never been so closely scrutinized.  Whip rules are tightly managed in UK racing who changed theirs in 2017 but now another sporting discipline has chosen to follow suit and introduced new regulations to take effect ....Read Full Article

How to manage worming your horse
17th October 2019
It is no secret that horses are showing resistance to modern wormers, specifically the Benzimidazole group of drugs.  As a consequence, there has been increased uptake on the ivermectin based products and also Moxidectin.There are currently no plans to introduce new anthelmintic products i.e. wormers and so what is availabl....Read Full Article

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