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Sunday, October 21, 2018

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Choosing the right VET for your horse

A killer question for any horse lover - Where do you start your search for a good vet? It is only after successfully qualifying can a veterinary surgeon be registered to practise as a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary surgeons (MRCVS). It is imperative that you always ensure your vet uses these letters after his/her name. To find...

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A beginner’s guide to hunting

OK, so hunting isn't for everyone and it is probably one of the most divisive topics but many say that it has its place in the countryside and below we answer a few pertinent questions on the lips of beginner hunters. How do I know where to go to hunt? To find your local hunt, visit www.mfha.org/hunts (foxhounds) or www.amhb.org.uk (harriers and beagles, click...

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How to choose the right riding school

It does sound simple - selecting a riding school - but there is a lot to think about. The choice you make when selecting a riding school can effect how your riding career pans out and indeed, whether or not you continue to ride at all.  Some schools just don't suit certain riders.  For any rider, especially a novice rider...

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Why your horse should wear boots (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

NOTE: This Video is graphic, scientific and very informative.  It is worth watching the whole video but certainly watch minutes17-19. The video shows what happens when horses over-reach and hit their tendons; thus it is fundamental to the horse's  wellbeing for them to be wearing boots.

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Keeping children safe around horses

It is only natural that you want to share the fun and joy of horse ownership with your children (and grandchildren). Horses are an amazing and fun thing to own and they will help instil confidence and discipline in to your children also. The responsibility of owning a horse far outweighs almost all other animals (as you well know if...

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My horse is refusing to eat

It is a problem that most horse owners will come across at least in their horse riding career but one that can be incredibly frustrating. You have taken the time to research and select an appropriate feed for your horse yet s/he turns their nose up at it. If a horse is hungry, and all reasons for not eating (illness/other...

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TOP TIPS to calm a spooked horse

It should not come as a surprise when we say that horses can be nervous or unpredictable creatures!  They have a healthy (and natural) fear of unexpected instances – such as smells, movements and sounds that may well signal a predator.  This reaction to the unknown.  For riders, a horse's natural fear can lead them to be labeled as “unpredictable”...

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How much does it (really) cost to own a horse?

If you have owned an animal – any animal, you will no doubt be aware that they can cost money.  Not all cost the earth but trust us when we tell you that horses are among the more expensive to own. Ponies are often admired by children; it looks such fun, saddling them up and riding.  Without any doubt, this is...

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TOP TIPS for new riders and beginners

Read our short list of things to help new riders become better, more confident riders. Hands in the air Instinct leads us to use our arms and hands to give balance and beginner riders will often hold their hands way up in the air, sometimes even as high as shoulder height. If this is the case, it means that the...

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