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Prepare Your Horse For Winter

Caring for a horse means you have to be ready for all weather conditions. When the temperature starts to fall, you should be prepared with the proper gear, supplies and accessories to keep your horse healthy and happy during the winter months. Water and Food Your horse’s dietary needs can increase during the colder months, especially as food digestion is a primary source of warmth. Food for Health and Warmth. Use quality forage, combined with grain, as recommended by an equine nutritionist...

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Should Horse Riders Take Road Tests?

There’s plenty you need to do before taking your horse out on the road, including making sure your tack is all fitting correctly, but it turns out the general public believe riders should have to do a lot more before they become road legal. Drivers demand proficiency test for horse riders According to a recent survey undertaken by a national car leasing company, 94% of drivers believe that horse riders should have to sit a proficiency test – much like a...

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Mindfulness for Your Horse Riding Experience

How Can Mindfulness Enhance Your Horse Riding Experience? Horses have long been known to be incredibly sensitive creatures, capable of recognising a great deal more than we can fully comprehend. A horse’s gentle nature seems to blend seamlessly with mindfulness and why mindful approaches are commonly used within the equestrian world. The cohesive relationship of mindfulness with horses continues to grow in popularity among horse riders, as more people are discovering the benefits for both the rider and the horse. What is Mindfulness...

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Microchipping Guernsey Horses ‘Could be Compulsory’

Horses in Guernsey could soon have to be microchipped so they can be easily found at all times, even if their riders don’t have their feet in their Bridleway stirrups. David Chamberlain, States vet, is now working alongside the Guernsey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to see if these proposals are viable, the BBC reports, in an attempt to help control the number of stray horses on the island The rules will also apply to cats living on Guernsey (apparently,...

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Horse Manure Used To Heat Homes?

Here’s something you might not have thought about when cleaning your horse’s stable rug – their manure could soon be used to heat homes in Finland, a move that could well reduce the country’s reliance on fossil fuels. According to news source YLE, energy group Fortum is currently developing a biofuel featuring horse manure, with tests on the fuel appearing to be positive thus far. The country’s government is calling for horse manure to be increasingly used as an energy source, with the material...

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Essential Tips for Mucking Out Your Horse!

Essential Tips for Mucking Out Your Horse! You need to make sure your horse’s stall is clean to prevent the risk of infection or disease. It is particularly important to keep their feeding area clean. Next time you get back from your ride, after you put away your Saddle, here are some tips to help make mucking out easier. Try to clear it out when the horse is out to pasture so they are not in the stall at the time. You need...

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Keeping Your Horse Hydrated This Summer

As the weather gets warmer and you enjoy taking your horse out with your Fairfax jump saddle you need to make sure your horse stays hydrated. You need to provide water in troughs or buckets. They need to be clean and available at all times. To ensure they are clean check for dirt, dead animals and manure. Horses do refuse to drink dirty water and will become dehydrated as a result of this if there is no other water available. You must always...

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2/3 of Riders ‘Have Had Near-Misses on The Road’

Taking care while out and about with your feet in Stubben stirrups is vital, especially when you’re on the road. According to new research, over two-thirds of horse riders have had near-misses with cars while out riding, so make sure you take all necessary precautions when near highways and byways. Conducted by Duchy College in Cornwall, the study found that 66.2 per cent of riders have almost had run-ins with drivers, while wearing reflective equipment or clothes appeared to have little effect...

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Preparing for The Death of Your Horse

As you use your new Ideal saddle this summer, you won’t want to think about the worst happening, but perhaps you should think about making plans for when your horse passes on. Pet cemeteries are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, as our beloved animal companions get pampered not just in life, but also in death, the Daily Mail reported. There are a number of options for pet owners, including cremation or burial of their animals, or even getting buried with their pets when...

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Olympian Announces Horse Racing Debut

Victoria Pendleton, the two-time cycling Olympic champion and Britain’s most successful female Olympian, is looking to prove she’s ready to swap a bike saddle for an Albion saddle as she’s announced her first outing as an amateur race jockey, BBC Sport has reported. Along with her trainer Yogi Breisner, she’s decided on a charity flat race at Newbury in around four weeks’ time to gain experience of her first race. Pendleton announced her ambition to ride at 2016’s Cheltenham races in March...

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