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In the feed room: reading a feedbag

With eye catching packaging featuring beautiful horses, it is easy to choose a feed based on looks alone, but do we really know what is going into our horses diet? The back of a feedbag contains a wealth of knowledge, telling you not only how to feed and the recommended weights, but also the exact…

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,…

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…

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…

Coat care and grooming: let it shine

As the horse’s largest organ, the skin is a great indicator for overall health, and maintaining a good grooming regime will ensure your horse looks its best, no matter the weather. Made up of two layers (the epidermis and the dermis), the skin provides a protective barrier to wind, rain and dirt, helps to regulate…

New future for Futurity

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is pleased to announce the continuation of its Equine Development programme, following its handover to a new company formed by a partnership of industry experts. The group came together in a bid to take on the running of the activities, which consist of a stallion show, breeding magazine and the…

Giving Equine Herpes Virus the wobbles

Work aimed at developing a new vaccine to protect against abortigenic and neurological equine herpes virus (EHV) has begun at veterinary charity, the Animal Health Trust (AHT). Dr Neil Bryant of the AHT, who is leading the research, said, “EHV is a major welfare concern for horses and foals and causes emotional, as well as…

New equine DNA test set to help racehorse health

Dr Debbie Guest, Head of Stem Cell Research at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) in Newmarket, is developing a new DNA test to identify thoroughbred racehorses with an increased risk of fracture. Scientists from the AHT’s Equine Genetics Team recently established that there is a link between DNA and the likelihood of fracture in racehorses….

Hotfoot it to Haydock and Newmarket to learn about horseracing

More young equestrian fans than ever before will get the chance to discover the exciting sport of horseracing in 2018, with QIPCO British Champions Series and The Pony Club further extending their commitment to engage the younger generation in the sport. On Saturday 26th May, Haydock Park Racecourse will play host to one of two…

Top tips for a healthy stable environment this Spring!

David Jeffrey’s of Stable Shield, the leaders in equine biosecurity offers advice and tips on keeping your stable a bacteria-free zone. It is crucial that horses are kept in a clean environment as it assists with their respiratory system and overall wellbeing. Therefore it is extremely important to take every possible precaution against the spread…