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Dogs and horses: life in harmony

Horses are flight animals, while dogs are natural predators and social animals. Although the two wouldn’t go together in nature, horses and dogs are often paired within the countryside community, so it is worth making sure they can coexist happily. Whether it is during a hack or on a yard, you will likely encounter a…

Emergency preparation: ready for anything?

As the saying goes, fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Emergencies by their nature are unplanned and shocking, but with a plan you can make them far more manageable. Planning for the emergencies is a necessary evil for any horse owner, no matter whether or not you own the yard on which your horse is…

On the road: talking transport

Whether you’re hitching up a trailer, thinking of buying your first lorry, hiring transport or simply getting your vehicle ready for the competition season ahead, this transport special has it covered. How to hire? With the rising trend in hiring horse transport, bear in mind the options and the questions you should ask when considering a potential…

Treats, licks and toys: sugar, spice and all things nice

Designed to promote natural equine behaviour, licks and stable toys can be an excellent way to enrich the horse’s environment and diet. Plus treats can be more useful than you think! Licks are designed to promote natural behaviour in the stable and field whilst in many cases providing nutritional support. For many people, a hanging…

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….

Bedding: it’s more complex than you think

Bedding used to be straw, peat, sawdust or maybe shavings, but these days you can choose from shavings of all different sizes, chopped straw, wood pellets, or flax… in fact the choice these days can be bewildering. The wider choice of bedding products is fuelled by an increasing emphasis on the influence of bedding on…

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 –…

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…

Horse trailer safety: safe travels

Transporting your horse can be a stressful experience, but ensuring your trailer is road worthy and safe will help journeys fly by.  During the course of the year, we see many horse trailers that shouldn’t be on the road. Such trailers are used to carry very expensive horses, someone’s real pride and joy, but in…