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
BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS Horses must be more popular with equestrians because they are intelligent, elegant, and for the most part, we think we understand them. If you don’t own a horse, then I can bet you know someone that does. Therefore this specific equine is at least familiar to all of us. Whereas if I was to ask 10 people what they know about … Continue reading Wallace the Great
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?
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
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?
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
BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS We have all seen the videos in which a rider falls while show-jumping, and the horse continues to jump the fences. Most of the video comments have a very positive outlook on such an event. Most people will agree it’s because the horse loves jumping and has been trained well. The more ignorant comments will suggest that the horse is attempting … Continue reading Why Do Horses Jump Rider-less?
BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS #11 Buy a horse you already know Many riders go on to become horse owners after sharing or loaning a horse. However I am not talking about loaning with a view to buy here, as that is something very different. But a rider that has been financially contributing to the upkeep of someone else’s horse for some time, without the sole intention of … Continue reading Horse Buying Guide Part IV
BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS #8 Try out the horse yourself When one particular family with limited horse knowledge asked for my help to try out a horse for their daughter, I was happy to oblige. On riding the animal in the arena I achieved three good paces before taking it for a hack through a wood. Even when jumping a fallen tree, the horse behaved … Continue reading Horse Buying Guide Part III