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Horse Advice

Search or browse 312 Horse advice articles on Horse health, Horse care and Horse behaviour.



Essential Emergency Kit Requirements When You Travel Your Horse
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27th July 2021
The biggest fear for most people when they travel a horse in a trailer or a lorry is a breakdown or an accident.  It makes sense to carry some emergency equipment which could prove invaluable in making a running repair so you can continue your journey or keep you safe until help arrives.  Here are some key items.A torc....Read Full Article

Keeping Your Horse Happy And Healthy
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23rd July 2021
If you are thinking about buying your first horse then it is helpful to understand the basic requirements needed to keep a horse happy and healthy – if you already have a horse then you can review your arrangements and see if there are any areas you might be able to improve on.Horses require several key things in their managem....Read Full Article

Should You Breed From Your Mare?
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23rd July 2021
If anything goes wrong – have a foal, isn’t that the mantra trotted out by mare owners? But the fact of the matter is that not every mare should be considered a breeding prospect and it can cost an awful lot of money to create a foal and raise it to riding age, whether that foal is a good or a bad specimen. What type o....Read Full Article

Keeping Your Horse Protected From Theft And Straying
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2nd July 2021
Every horse owner recognises the importantance of keeping their tack and equine possessions safe from theft but how do you protect your horse?  How can you make certain that your horse can be reunited with you if he is recovered after theft or found after straying?  Here are some simple suggestions to keep your equine friend ....Read Full Article

What makes a good riding instructor?
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18th June 2021
Everyone has been taught by instructors and trainers that they really rate and also had lessons and tuition from people who haven’t helped them at all.  If you are thinking about training as a riding instructor or are looking for an instructor or trainer, what kind of qualities should you be looking for?Patience ....Read Full Article

The Flies Are Coming!
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8th June 2021
A late spring has meant a delay to the usual insect life but, following a very wet spell, the recent warm weather has given a real kickstart to the fly season.  So, how can you protect your horse from the misery of biting insects?Horses vary in the amount of fly protection they need based on their breed or type and the set ....Read Full Article

Buying a Native Pony
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8th June 2021
The British Isles is the envy of the equestrian world as it is home to nine native breeds of pony spread across all four countries in the UK – that is definitely something for everyone!Amongst the larger breeds are the New Forest, the Highland, the Connemara from Ireland and the Dales and the Fell from the North of England.&nb....Read Full Article

Sarcoids and should you remove them
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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



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