Time to Ride www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk We’re at the time of year where the nights are now longer and darker, and it can be difficult to maintain motivation to ride and keep our horses fit and strong. So how can we do the best for our horses and fit in time to ride? Here are my top tips… Timetable Plan your week ahead to help you identify spaces or gaps where you could ride. It could be early morning, late at night, lunchtime, whenever! Select the activity Sometimes, it’s completely impractical to school in the arena, so you might find [...]
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Do we take worming horses seriously enough? www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk Worms, or more correctly, internal parasites, can be at best a nuisance or at worst fatal to horses. There are so many different types, it can be difficult to know how best to manage them. The constant challenges of poo-picking and maintaining horse pasture, of choosing which type of wormer (anthelmintic) to use at which time of year, and of assessing the effectiveness of the products selected, mean that many owners simply follow a basic plan of worming all horses every 3 months. In the past, this programme of 13 week intervals [...]
Brilliant Bedding www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk I’ve tried most types of bedding over the years, from straw to shavings to paper. I admit that I haven’t used cardboard! But my all-time favourite is wood pellets. I’ve been using them for about 18 months & they are officially ACE! Why do I love them? Easy to muck out Soo very easy. Basically, I use approximately 10 bags to set up the bed, and then maintain it by taking out the droppings each day (my boys are turned out in the day and in over night). I don’t touch the wet until the weekend when [...]
Supplements for Horses www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk I know an awful lot of horse owners who add things to their horse’s feed. In my experience, there seems to be a trend for feeding horses a mixture of chaff, nuts and an array of supplements. Now don’t get me wrong, there are horses which require additional supplementation for specific issues, and who benefit from a specific product, but does every horse and pony really need additional supplements? The answer is far from simple! Before we discuss this, it’s important to be super clear about the different types of additional supplements & their use. What is [...]
Managing the Veteran Horse www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk For many horse owners, there comes a time when your horse gets older and his needs change. For some, this might happen at a reasonably young age, but for others changes may not become evident until the horse or pony gets past 20 years old. As with the human population, horses are increasingly living well into old age! So what kind of things do we need to consider? Teeth As horses age, their teeth erupt and become worn down through grazing and fibrous feeds. This is an absolutely normal process, and the horse has evolved to [...]
Feeding hay in the field www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk Not many of us are lucky enough to have an endless acreage of pasture for our horses. Indeed, many livery yards restrict turnout over the winter months so much that we’re lucky to let our horse’s stretch their legs in the field at all! Good grazing is at a premium over winter, and to attempt to keep horses occupied, meet their need to trickle feed, and to give them something nutritious when the mud appears, we are forced to provide hay or haylage in the field. Lugging hay out to the field each morning is [...]
No matter what you tell your other half, horses are expensive. But don’t worry, there are things you can do to try to be a little thriftier & save money for the fun stuff, like competing, going to events, shopping, etc. Buy in bulk So we’re coming to Autumn/Winter where many of us will be stabling our horses more, which means greater costs. Try to buy in bulk wherever you can, for example bedding, hay/haylage, feed etc. Not only will you be less likely to run out, you should be able to get a better deal. Buy the [...]
Get fitter The top professional riders know this, but as amateurs a lack of fitness can often get eclipsed by work, family and simply the time involved in riding & managing horses. So anything you can do to improve your cardiovascular fitness is only going to help you ride better. Ideas might include HIIT sessions (high intensity interval training sessions – google it!), swimming, jogging, exercise classes or DVDs at home. Something is better than nothing ;-) Get assessed by a physiotherapist A good physio who understands horse riding is invaluable. They’ll work with you to identify your asymmetries, assess [...]
Clean your tack! All the books say you should clean your tack after each time you ride, but really? Who has time for that? I certainly don’t, so my compromise is to do it monthly. It could be a quick wipe over or a more thorough, full strip of the saddle/bridle. You might also tie this in with going to a competition or a lesson. Check the fit of your tack It’s hugely important to check the fit of your saddle regularly, since most horses will change shape quite dramatically throughout the year. If you’re not sure about whether your [...]
10 ways to help your horse in hot weather Offer some shade in the field. Wherever possible, ensure that your horse can get out of direct sunlight in the field. This might be a posh (or not!) field shelter, or using paddocks with decent hedges or trees. Provide a constant, clean supply of water Horses will inevitably drink more during hot weather, so always make sure that you keep field water buckets or troughs clean and topped up. Twice daily checks It sounds obvious, but it’s really important to check your horses morning and evening; things can change [...]