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Behaviour basics on the ground

In comparison to people, horses are very big animals and with all that extra weight comes risk. Ground manners are essential for keeping yourself and other handlers safe, so it is worth spending time polishing up ­on the basics. A horse’s acceptance of manners usually makes a good precursor for his later trainability – a…

Clipping: A cut above

Love it or loathe it, clipping season is here once again! Whether you need to give a quick trim or take off the entire coat, here’s our advice to get the best results. While some like to leave it to the professionals, clipping your own horse can give you a real sense of achievement and…

Buying horses: starting the search

Buying a horse is not a decision to be taken lightly, as horse ownership is a responsibility that is fraught with uncertainties and expense.  For a start you have to find the right horse, which is never easy, yet the task of doing so can be fairly insignificant when compared to the costs and commitment…

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…