August Reflections

September is here; with it the cooler days, the shorter evenings and a little more time to reflect on recent publications. Three items particularly caught my eye recently, the first being an article discussing the merits and demerits of booting horses; the second was what is termed these days an ‘advertorial’, part of an apparent […]

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Human ⥈ Horse : the balance : Part Three

The final instalment in a series of threeLast week, we looked at horse centricity and making life better.This week we round off with making the change and looking at where the problems lie. Making the change Maybe you are already well established in a good horse-human relationship. Maybe you feel the relationship between you and […]

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Human ⥈ Horse : the balance : Part Two

an article in instalments. Part Three will be published on 15 July.Last week, we finished by discussing dogma-driven, ego-driven and horse-centric. The dogma-driven rider is the one who, often under peer-pressure, resorts to the age old (mis-)conceptions of the horse in the traditional riding-world. The thoughts are with the horse, only tradition has put misguided […]

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Human ⥈ Horse : the balance : Part One

an article in instalments. Part Two will be published on 7 July. For most of us, confinement is behind us, albeit there are still restrictions in place for many. It has been a complicated time, probably because of its simplicity and lack of choices — stay in; don’t mingle; keep your distance.   Right at […]

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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

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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…

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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