Another Self-help Video – Further Hoof Care

Our friends at Sabots Libres have published another self-help video, this time dealing with more advanced hoof maintenance. See the video here

Continue reading

Self-help hoof care – a short video

Sabots Libres (sabots-libres.eu) has just published a short self-help video on caring for your horses’ hoofs in the absence of your regular hoof care specialist during the current coronavirus lockdown now in place in many countries. Click here to see the video…

Continue reading

Coronavirus and the Horse

For many of us, it is a trying time and, with more and more countries implementing a lock-down, a complicated one. Equestrian centres are closed and, in many cases, even owners are being turned away from visiting their horses. A time to reflect on the welfare of the incarcerated horse… A great many owners consider […]

Continue reading

Ten Years ‘The Equine Independent’

The First Ten Years… 6 January 2010: The Equine Independent publishes her first article Behaviour Based Horse Management – A Blueprint for the 21st Century, By Andy Beck. This was followed rapidly —on the same day— by two more articles, Positive reinforcement in Practice – Including interviews with Ben Hart, Becky Holden, Alexandra Kurland and […]

Continue reading

Snorting Horses

To those of us most involved in the true well-being of our equine friends, these findings will not come as a surprise but a recent French study of snorting in horses shows that the horse living in a relaxed environment produces far more snorts that one in a stressful situation. And, also not surprisingly, the […]

Continue reading

Deshoeing and is it necessary to boot?

Yesterday, I spoke to the owner of a twelve year-old horse, shod for at least the past six years. She asked me particularly about the transition to barefoot (the conviction is there but the uncertainties about how and when remain…). I won’t go into all the implications of transition here – suffice to say that […]

Continue reading

Excusing the Inexcusable

This month, I read at least two calls to end ‘cruel comments’ on social media -one from a Dutch trainer/rider and one on Facebook by Abi Hutton, covered in this article by Rachael Turner on the Horse and Hound website. Naturally, we cannot condone the actions of some commentators which are solely aimed from a […]

Continue reading

‘Must read’ article on Navicular Syndrome

For many horse owners, there are three words or phrases that that strike fear into the heart: Colic, Laminitis/Founder and Navicular Syndrome. All three are surrounded by myths but probably none more so than Navicular Syndrome. Read here an interesting article that attempts to explode these myths and give hope to many owners struggling to […]

Continue reading

Returning to riding. Part Two, a trek across Dartmoor and Exmoor

Harry had only been backed the previous year, so was not an experienced horse. But he had proved to be reliable, calm and co-operative, and quite good in traffic. Since I would be camping with Harry, perhaps in the open, I accustomed him to being tied up for grazing, and line tied as well. The […]

Continue reading