Month: December 2017

barefoot ex racehorse

The Best Christmas Present Ever

Ex racehorse as a Christmas present I bought an ex racehorse from the Netherlands back in the nineties. I have told this story many times, so I offer my apologies if I am boring you. This experience brings back very fond memories for me. Back in 1994 I was living in Amsterdam and I had […]

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Equicentral system on a Budget

I own two horses – Charlie(30) and Blue(21), and have spent many years as a horse owner in livery yards.  I am always trying to find the best way to keep my horses and they have spent the last few years living out 24/7. In 2014, after 20 years of being at livery yards I got the chance to rent a small place with land and stables. Fantastic! We moved here just over a year ago. We have 2 full size and 3 smaller stables which are mainly used for storage.  The stables have a gravel surface in front of them and are very close to the house, in the garden and have a small passageway to the field which is long and narrow.
It is a lovely place but we are on the middle of a fen and it can get very very windy in the winter. Blue has suffered from gastric ulcers and was treated for these in 2013 but sadly they returned soon after we moved here, I believe that this was partly due to some high sugar haylage and partly due to the fact that I started to stable him.  He gets incredibly stressed when stabled to the point where I believe that he could be in pain when being stabled. I also think that he suffers from claustrophobia as he can also get extremely upset in the trailer if I make the mistake of stopping anywhere and leaving the top section of the ramp closed and he cant see his surroundings. Read more

Caring for horses in sub zero temperatures

Caring for horses in Sub zero temperatures This cold weather can be something of a worry for horse owners. With freezing cold water some horses can reduce their drinking. This, combined with longer periods indoors or less time moving due to the hard rutted ground can result in a risk of colic which we all […]

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