18 Jul
Equine behaviour: tackling the cause not the symptom.

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Equine news | 0 comments

There are many roads to Rome … but some will get you lost.   When people encounter problems with their horses they tend to go through a range of responses – some immediately call the vet as they suspect, or want to rule out, pain as a reason for the behaviour. Others might change the horse’s diet or start adding a supplement to their feed; others might turn to a specific training or horsemanship method, get the saddle checked, turn to a herbalist or aromatherapist and so on. With so many professionals in the horse industry there is no shortage of people to turn to – and this brings both positive and negative effects for horses. It is vital to note that a high percentage of behaviour problems are rooted in present or past pain. For example, a horse reacting to...

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15 Jun
When is an aggressive horse not aggressive? When he is playing!

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Equine news | 0 comments

Sometimes in my work as an equine behaviourist it is enough to change people’s perception of their horse or pony without working on solving the ‘problem’ through behaviour modification. A good example is a case I saw nearly ten...

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18 May
Environmental enrichment, and why it’s a good thing. Part 3: management systems

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Equine news | 0 comments

Last month’s article focused on the enriched horse at pasture. This month we look at two increasingly popular management systems for field-kept horses that can be used to help improve both horse welfare and behaviour and soil health. The Paddock...

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18 Apr
Environmental enrichment, and why it’s a good thing. Part 2: the enriched horse at pasture

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Equine news | 0 comments

Last month we looked at the benefits of environmental enrichment for the stabled horse, or one on box rest. This month’s article focuses on the horse at pasture. When we turn out a horse in a field we, quite rightly, think that we are improving...

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17 Mar
Environmental enrichment, and why it’s a good thing. Part 1: the stabled horse

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Equine news | 0 comments

Environmental enrichment is the improvement of an animal’s environment, physically, socially, or both. It is currently a hot topic in agriculture and zoos as a means of decreasing stress and – in farm animals – increasing productivity, and is...

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20 Feb
Looking after the older horse

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Equine news, Featured | 0 comments

Domesticated horses enjoy longer lives than ever before, but this happy fact brings its own issues for owners. Obvious signs of aging include deepening fossa (hollows) above the eyes, greying around the muzzle and eyes, and often a loss of weight,...

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20 Feb
Learn about horses with like-minded people

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Equine news, Featured | 0 comments

The British Equestrian Federation and British Horse Society have set-up the Participation Project with the aim of creating an informal community through livery yards and riding centres. The project provides current or potential horse owners with...

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13 Jan
Taking the stress out of moving

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Equine news | 0 comments

Many well-socialised horses take so readily to new places and situations that it can be easy to forget that, as a species, horses are neophobes – in simple terms, they are frightened of new things and new situations. This trait stood their wild...

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02 Dec
Care to Share

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Equine news, Featured, News | 0 comments

Horses4Homes has partnered up with the British Equestrian Federation, to  run the Care to Share project.  Care to Share aims to link up horse owners and  potential sharers online and help them start a share agreement.  So if you are a  horse...

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02 Dec
Winter has come!

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Equine news | 0 comments

Successfully overwintering your horse out 24/7 Although as humans we may prefer our central heating and heavyweight duvets, the vast majority of horses are able to winter out, given the right conditions, and many are happier doing so. For horses...

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02 Dec
Spreading the happiness by removing the worry

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Equine news | 0 comments

Rehoming a horse or pony can be, as anyone who has done it will know, a stressful experience for all concerned – the original owner, the new home and the horse him or herself. For the owner, when compelled by circumstances to find a new home for...

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