Choosing Your Horse

BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS The deal was done, money was exchanged, hands were shaken and Charlie was loaded onto the trailer. The family had done their homework on finding an appropriate pony for their child, in size, temperament, training and experience. On the face of it, it was an ideal match. The dealer was well known, certainly in England, probably in Britain, maybe even overseas. … Continue reading Choosing Your Horse

Heavyweight Not Overweight

BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS The horse caught my eye simply by the way it was standing. There was something about its demeanour that seemed off. There was no back leg resting, the head wasn’t lowered and the ears were pinned. Furthermore the horse was tilting slightly backwards to remove the weight off its front legs. This wasn’t a horse at rest, no snoozing was occurring … Continue reading Heavyweight Not Overweight

Motorbikes & Horses

BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS Horses are complicated animals, very complicated. Less complicated to an expert perhaps, but only after years of dedication, observation, gaining knowledge and working around them does an expert understand equine behaviour and psychology. In this respect a novice has no clue to the complexities of the equine brain. To a person that has no knowledge of horses whatsoever they must seem … Continue reading Motorbikes & Horses

Overcoming Horse Ailments

BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS I slowed my car and carefully drove onto the grass bank as there wasn’t a safe place to park on the narrow country lane. The moment I spotted the horse I could tell something was wrong. I wondered how many drivers had passed this location and either didn’t spot the problem, or didn’t care. I slowly approached the horse while uttering … Continue reading Overcoming Horse Ailments

The Bolt (Part 2)

BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS When out hacking through the countryside or along roads my mare will display anxiety when approaching and passing horse paddocks. If these horses are just standing around grazing she will become head-high and attempt to focus on the herd. I can feel her attention has shifted from me and I’ve become a mere passenger. Horses in paddocks tend to do two … Continue reading The Bolt (Part 2)