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 […]

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‘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 […]

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Ban on Stabling Horses in the Netherlands

This article was first published by Sabots Libres: Ban on Stabling Horses in the Netherlands In a public ordnance dated 5 June 2014, published in “Het Staatsblad van het Koninkrijk de Nederlanden” issue 210, year 2014, is a clearly defined ban on the keeping of horse in stables or boxes. Specifically: Article 1.6 The Keeping […]

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On the Right Foot

This article was originally published on the Sabots Libres website We live in a world of almost endless possibilities. The internet has given us access to information in a way that only twenty years ago was impossible. Vast libraries of books have found their way onto the electronic highway and although not always absolute in […]

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Transhumance – Learning from Nature

For the past few years, once a year, I have taken part in a Transhumance. The dictionary defines transhumance very simply as┬áthe action or practice of moving livestock from one grazing ground to another in a seasonal cycle, typically to lowlands in winter and highlands in summer For me it is four (autumn) or six […]

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We’re onTwitter

Keeping up with the times, The Equine Independent is now on Twitter. You can follow us on @equindependent (the full name was too long, even without “the”!) You can also hashtag equind if you have any comments related to us (TEI is about elephants…)

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Delayed posts!

Just checking over the site as administrator, I noticed a couple o f draft articles lurking. They actually go back a couple of years but for some reason never got to the point where the “publish” button actually got pushed! So, with profound apologies to the authors – and I’m sorry, I don’t know who […]

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Guidelines for Submitting Articles

A number of people have asked about writing articles for The Equine Independent. There is now a page with more information: http://www.theequineindependent.com/?page_id=658

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When is neglect actually neglect?

A recent film published on the Internet by an equine welfare organization managed to stir up a little dust during the past week. Obviously I won’t mention the organization since in general they do sterling work but I think the film and associated comments worthy of attention. Basically it was a short piece of film […]

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