Category Archives: Horses

Trust is essential
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Trust is essential Trust is an essential element of relationships, especially when one of you weighs nearly ten times as much as the other. We all dream of the perfect equine partner, then wonder what went wrong when the dream fizzles out. Learn how to earn your horse’s trust by avoiding the six most common… Read More »

Horses and …. Ragwort
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Horses and Ragwort Ragwort is a dirty word for us horse owners, it can be the plague of our lives but when controlled effectively, dealing with it becomes just another annual job in the long list that goes with being an equestrian. Jacobaea vulgaris, commonly known as ragwort, goes by various names such as stinking… Read More »

Do I need a Round Pen?
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Do I need a Round Pen? The honest answer is, maybe or maybe not. A round area offers two primary benefits, safety and freedom for training. It makes for easier communication with your horse. The shape eliminates dangerous corners and lets you work at liberty, the closer it is to round the better it is… Read More »

Green Grass – love it or loathe it?
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Green Grass As we move into Spring and that green grass grows faster, some of us will be concerned about laminitis and weight gain in our horses but we can stay in control if we are aware of the dangers. Grass is usually a staple component of a horse’s diet, providing essential nutrients such as… Read More »

The Soggy Saga of Mud and Winter Horse Care
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The Soggy Saga of Mud and Winter Horse Care We are in the rainy season it seems —a time when brown becomes the primary colour of the paddocks and waterproof gear becomes our second skin. As horse lovers, we embrace the challenge of navigating through the muck and mire, all the while attempting to keep… Read More »

How Big Should A Round Pen Be?
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What size should a round pen be? Congratulations …. the decision is made, you need a round pen. But what size should my round pen be? The first thing you will need to decide when buying a round pen for your horse is how big the pen should be. Most round pens are around 50… Read More »

Round Pens – A Valuable Training Tool
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Round Pens – A Valuable Training Tool The perspective on the round pen as a valuable training tool aligns with the view of many experienced horse trainers. When used correctly, a round pen can indeed be an effective and safe environment for certain training situations. It provides a confined space where the handler can establish… Read More »

Back in the Saddle: Some ideas for Bringing Horses Back into Work After a Break
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Back in the Saddle: Some ideas for Bringing Horses Back into Work After a Break Have you been away for Christmas, or just let your horse ‘be’? If so, you’ll probably be thinking about bringing your horse back into work after a well-deserved break. Whether due to injury, a change in seasons, or other reasons,… Read More »

Top trainers discuss their views on horsemanship
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Top Trainers Together At the Horsemanship Showcase recently, 4 of the top trainers got together in the round pen to discuss their views on how horsemanship training is evolving and how our perceptions of the horse as a sentient being are changing also. This event showed so much of how we can work harmoniously with… Read More »