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Yard essentials: tools of the trade

Every horse or yard owner has their own individual thoughts as to what products; tools and care items should be kept around the yard. This differs even more depending on the size of the establishment, the number of horses or the budget. Everyone has a favourite broom they can’t live without, or a bent shavings…

Pasture management: upgrade your grass

Getting the best from your grazing takes time, effort and most importantly a plan. With spring on the way, there is still plenty of time to get jobs in the diary and ensure you have enough grass to see you to next winter. On average, horses spend up to 16 hours a day eating, and…

Boots and leg care: a leg at each corner

The condition of our horse’s legs fully dictate what we can and cannot do. Made up of a complex structure of bones and joints, ligaments and tendons, muscles and connective tissue, protecting our horse’s legs is essential for the length and soundness of their career. Conformation is often the making or the breaking of a…

10 reasons that ponies rule over horses…

– Ponies provide the best canvas for fancy dress – A pony will be the first to bring itself in from the field for dinner – The unruly mane of a pony cries out for plaits – Anyone can vault on a pony from a standing start – You will learn to pay attention when feeding treats or fingers…

Meet the team: Matthew Flowers

When he’s not busying himself with his role as Fine & Country’s Equestrian specialist consultant, Matthew Flowers has a passion for dogs – in particular miniature dachshunds. Matthew has amassed a lovely pack over the years, which includes its fair share of champions! His red dog Alpheratz Ulises, photographed at Amsterdam last year, is now…

Beat the buzz: when flies attack

From Culicoides midges to giant horse flies, the summer may bring sunshine but it also brings these biting bugs out in force! Ask any rider what bothers them most about the summer and flies would be the first thing that comes to mind. Flies are relentless and can cause a range of problems for horses,…

Watch out for poisonous plants

We often think that horses at grass are in a safe and healthy environment, and generally they are. However, there are dangers lurking in the form of easily accessible plants which are poisonous to the horse. Fortunately, horses avoid most poisonous plants whilst they are still growing. However, there is a higher risk of your horse…

Tack: innovations and traditions

As the role of horses has moved from work to sport and leisure, tack design has shifted dramatically from what horses need to what riders desire. We have a look inside the tackroom to see how much has changed. Tack was traditionally designed to fulfil a specific role – with little room for personal preference….

Summer feeding

With some horses needing restrictive diets and others requiring extra calories, feeding throughout the summer can be tricky but once you have an effective plan, your horse will look better than ever. Horses, particularly hardy native breeds, are naturally inclined to put weight on over the warmer months in preparation for winter. However, with warm…

10 reasons you know it’s a horsey summer…

– Your eau de toilette is more like eau de fly spray – The shorts and jodhpur boots combo leaves you with eye-catching tan lines – What you thought was a tan washes off in the bath – The bruises on your legs show that you really can’t get away with riding in shorts –…