Horses Don’t Really Like Us

BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS They don’t hate or love us either. They merely tolerate us because they have no choice. This is the equine version of Stockholm Syndrome. Those horses that can no longer cope with pain, fear or confusion will react in a way that earns them the label ‘dangerous’. Unfortunately it is always viewed as the horse’s fault and his bad character. Usually … Continue reading Horses Don’t Really Like Us

Stabling

BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS I understand the reasons why people stable their horses, especially over winter. I have done it myself. It’s actually very convenient to roll up to the yard and have a horse all ready to tack up. It saves time on hiking out to the paddock, washing muddy legs and slipping off filthy rugs. Grooming can be completed relatively quickly also, especially … Continue reading Stabling

Soaking Hay Works?

BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS We have all seen the large containers on yards containing a murky black liquid ready for soaking hay overnight, and we have all seen owners spraying filled hay-nets with the hose pipe for 30 seconds. So in the management of laminitis, polysaccharide storage myopathy, hyperkalemic periodic paralysis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is the correct method? Neither. Recent research has … Continue reading Soaking Hay Works?

Peaceniks or Killers? Part III

BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS Biting The specific area in which a bite is placed may appear random, yet this particular manoeuvre is not without its tactics. Full force biting is very different from nipping, as many owners of domestic horses could no doubt corroborate. It would be very unusual for any owner that has been around horses for many years to have not felt the … Continue reading Peaceniks or Killers? Part III

Peaceniks or Killers? Part II

BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS The Strike Everyone will accept that horses kick, and most assume the back legs of the horse are the most dangerous area of the animal. Yet the front legs are equally as lethal, the power and destructive forces of a strike can inflict deep tissue wounds and shatter bones. A strike, striking and striking out are all terms associated with the … Continue reading Peaceniks or Killers? Part II

Peaceniks or Killers?

BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS Part 1 – In this series I aim to cover all the weaponry horses have in their rather formidable arsenal. While predators may be seen as well-equipped killing machines, this particular prey animal is more than capable of inflicting serious and at times fatal injuries. If you love horses, then undoubtedly you will find this image beautiful. Perhaps it will invoke feelings … Continue reading Peaceniks or Killers?

Paddock Size Matters

BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS When strolling through the undulating landscape of Dorset recently, one particular right of way cut its way through a very large paddock. I entertained myself by trying to guess the types of horses that had been there. The field had been poached over winter, because even in May the grass looked decimated and was littered with discarded spoilt hay. This now … Continue reading Paddock Size Matters