Six top tips for horse show preparation, from learning the rules to compiling a checklist. Learn them, remember them and they will help ensure your first or your next horse show goes exactly to plan.
As Spring approaches consider the effect of rich Spring grass on your horse or pony, particularly if it suffers from or is prone to health issues. Consider the benefit of those sweet sugars after a winter of hay but also the effects on turnout, laminitis, colic and of those frosty mornings.
RESPONSIBLE WORMING – MINIMISING CHEMICAL USE. A targeted worm control programme is better for your horse or pony. It’s better for our pasture and your paddock and it benefits the environment. It keeps your horse healthy and it’s usually more cost effective too.
Horse owners clip their horses coat to make their horse more comfortable in work, to work for longer and to prevent overheating. Your horse will cool down and dry off much quicker without a full winter coat that traps the sweat & heat. So, what clipping style should you choose?
Regular grooming allows us to promote good health and a shiny, short, healthy coat. It also provides an opportunity to go over our horse or pony from head to hoof, and helps us notice any abnormalities such as cuts, wounds, irritations or fevers that your horse may have.
Yes; mucking out, filling haynets, pooh picking and walking back and forth to the field will help with your general fitness. But yard chores can sometimes fix muscle groups in rigid positions and can over-develop your forearms or biceps on just one side. Making you over-use the rein or lean more on that side.
Just six simple, common sense, horse health checks that you can make a part of your daily routine and that you won’t even think about after a short while. But, they could make all the difference to your horses health and help make sure you don’t end up with large vet bills.