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Monitoring Body Condition

March 2019 by Dr Jennifer Stewart

According to recent studies, horse owners are missing the early signs of their horses and ponies becoming overweight until they are dangerously obese. This means they are putting their horses at risk and making weight loss programs more difficult

Plastic Shoes: Better than barefoot?

March 2019 by Andrew Bowe

It’s an iconic sound alright; a metal shod horse travelling on hard ground. Some would say it’s music to a horseman’s ears. But what you’re hearing is high frequency vibration; the tiny portion of vibrating energy that escapes the impact zone and disperses through the air. Most of the vibration, however, travels into the hoof. So what’s the big deal about a little bit of vibration?

Equine Sleep Deprivation Study

March 2019 by The International Society for Equitation Science

Sleep is essential for life. The quality and quantity of a horse’s sleep directly affects their health and well-being. However, sleep is rarely considered as part of a horse’s management plan. But a new study has found that poor management or physical problems that discourage horses from lying down can lead to horses becoming sleep deprived and at risk of serious injury. Sleep is a naturally occurring state involving both the body and the mind.

Your horse, your teacher

March 2019 by Tanja Mitton

Is there something we can learn from our horses? Absolutely yes! Where do I begin? Horses teach us so much about ourselves that I constantly refer to them as our ‘personal development coaches’. Horses have the ability to teach us so much more than just ‘how to ride’, the real question is: ‘Are we ready to learn?’

Learn to Recognise the Subtle Signs of Pain

February 2019 by Lena Clifford, DVM, PhD, EOB, MIVCA

Horses are instinctively ‘stoic’, they do their best to mask all signs of pain in an effort to keep-up and blend-in with the rest of their herd. By the time your horse shows clear signs of lameness or injury, it is likely a lot of damage has already been done. Although they may not scream it loud and clear, horses do display subtle signs they are in pain and/or discomfort.


France bans the trimming of whiskers

April 2019 by Horses and People

The French Equestrian Federation (FFE) has banned the removal of the horse's whiskers on welfare grounds. It joins Germany and Switzerland in bringing into effect a rule that would disqualify any horse from competition if the whiskers have been removed.

More people are riding in the UK but fewer own horses

April 2019 by Horses and People

More people are riding with 25 to 44 year-olds leading the charge, but fewer households own horses, according to new statistics released today.  An increase in horse riding over the past five years has been revealed by the British Equestrian Trade Association’s (BETA’s) National Equestrian Survey 2019.

End of tight nosebands for The Netherlands

April 2019 by Cristina Wilkins

From April 1st 2019, in The Netherlands, nosebands will have to be loose enough to allow a 1.5 cm gap between the strap and the nose bones in all disciplines regulated by the Royal Dutch Equestrian Federation (KNHS).

The Unicorn

April 2019 by Dr Georgina Downey

…And “the Loveliest of All” was the Unicorn! This month we explore the unicorn; from its distinctly not-so-cute past in myth, art and history to its sparkly, commodified image today.

You're anthropomorphising! But, is it all that bad?

April 2019 by Dr Kirrilly Thompson

It might be a mouthful to pronounce, but anthropomorphism does not need to be hard to swallow. In this article, Dr Kirrilly Thompson moves away from a discussion about whether or not anthropomorphism is bad, to a consideration of when and how it can produce positive or negative outcomes for horses.

Riding Arenas and Training Yards: Part 2

April 2019 by Jane and Stuart Myers

An all-weather surfaced area for training and exercising horses can be very useful, many would say essential, on a horse property. It all depends on what you do with your horses. In this two-part series, Jane and Stuart Myers provide some of the considerations that will help you decide, plan and build a suitable arena or training yard for your particular situation.

Paddock shelters that work

March 2019 by Dr Mariette van den Berg

When it comes to providing, planning and building shelters for our horses, what design aspects matter most? In this article, Dr Mariette van den Berg provides some handy tips and useful guidance on the location, design and construction aspects that horses will appreciate and you should consider when designing man-made horse shelters. Why build a shelter?

Respiratory Conditions

March 2019 by Dr Deryck Tan

Many horses are expected to perform like elite athletes, where peak performance demands an optimally functioning respiratory system. In this article, Dr Deryck Tan from Valley Equine Veterinary Centre gives an overview of the anatomy of the respiratory tract and the most common respiratory conditions that compromise its optimum performance. Diseases affecting the respiratory tract

Your Contribution Can Improve Horse Welfare!

March 2019 by Kate Fenner

Did you know that your simple contribution can improve horse welfare on a global scale? You don’t need to dig too deep to discover that horse welfare lags behind other domestic animals. Imagine strapping a dog’s mouth shut so tight it could barely swallow or tying its tongue to its lower jaw with an elastic band?

Frankincense Essential Oil

March 2019 by Hetty Tapper

Name: Frankincense Essential Oil Biological Name: Boswellia carteri     Parts Used: Resin Constituents: Borneol, cymene, farnesol, incensole, limonene, monoterpene, myrcene, octanol, octylacetate, pinene, phellandrene and thujone. Essential Oil Method of Extraction: Steam distillation.

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