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Summer Hoof Care
Summer Hoof Care
Over the hot, dry summer months it is important to keep your horse’s hooves hydrated so they function correctly and you don’t have any issues. This is how I do it.
Crank nosebands vs cavesson nosebands
Crank nosebands vs cavesson nosebands
People seem to throw their hands up in horror over a bridle that has a crank noseband. I think it is because people associate a crank with it being cranked tight? Guess what, just because a bridle has a crank noseband, it doesn't mean you need to do it up tight!! In fact, IMO, no noseband should be tight on a horse. I prefer a crank noseband over a straight cavesson and here's why. 
Removing your horse from grass - what I have learnt
Removing your horse from grass - what I have learnt
Last year I removed my horse from the grass to try and resolve some weird issues he was having. These are the things I have learnt about having horses off grass. Removing a horse from grass seems to be something that is recommended, in my opinion, far to quickly. It was an absolute last resort for me. Horses are designed to eat grass, not live not eating it but unfortunately that doesn't work for every horse. Having a horse off grass involves a lot more work and its very expensive so consider carefully if this is right for your horse. This is MY experience and should not replace qualified expert advice. If you are taking your horse off the grass, please talk to a nutritionist to make sure you have all their nutritional needs covered. It is NOT just a matter of not feeding them grass. You need to replace what they would be getting from the grass.
How I save precious hay
How I save precious hay
Hay is bloody expensive and if your horses are like mine, they don't give a shit it costs a lot of money and, particularly this year, can be hard to come by. They stomp it into the ground and wee on it then get all annoyed their hay has wee on and they can’t eat it I've found a few ways to make sure there is as little wastage as possible that works really well for my horses.
How to get white legs whiter than white
How to get white legs whiter than white
Do you have a horse with white legs and are like me, don’t want to be spending hours before shows getting them glow in the dark white? This is how I do it. Minimal faffing required! This would also work for white or grey horses.
Home made fly spray recipe
Home made fly spray recipe
This time of the year flies are the bane of many horses lives. Annoying little buggers! I have been using a homemade remedy for years that I have found quite effective for my horses. I’ve seen different variations of a similar thing around but this is what works for me.
Choosing the right shampoo for your horse
Choosing the right shampoo for your horse
Horses have natural oils on their skin that you don’t want to disrupt. Just like us, horses secrete an oily substance called sebum, which helps protect their mane and maintain healthy skin. This is key to maintaining a healthy, glowing coat. The wrong shampoo can strip these oils and cause more harm than good. This is why it’s important to take the time to sort through the deciding factors and choose the right shampoo for your horse
How to plait the thick mane
How to plait the thick mane
My horse is half Connemara so can grow hair like nobody’s business. Not only does he have a wide crest, but he also has copious amounts of really coarse mane hair. I have learnt over the years through trial and error how to deal with it. Mine won't tolerate it being pulled and I don't blame him! I need to pull half it out to get it to more of a normal thickness. These are my tips and learnings.
Photosensitivity and mud fever
Photosensitivity and mud fever
This time of the year, summer/Autumn, I am seeing a lot of posts on social media about mud fever and asking how to fix it. This time of the year, what people are describing as mud fever is unlikely to be mud fever and more likely to be photosensitivity. They both present with similar symptoms but are different conditions. They both need to be fixed from the inside out to prevent it from coming back.