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Horse Of The Week - Flight.

Event horse Gloris Flight, ridden by Samantha Penn. Event horse Gloris Flight, ridden by Samantha Penn.[/caption] Gloris Flight is a 7-year-old, Belgian Warmblood (BWP). This successful event horse is owned by Mrs Sonya Batten and stands at 17hh. He is currently residing with Samantha Penn whom started Flight as a four-year-old, and has been riding ...

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A great start to the season & a new arrival! Will Furlong

Well the season is well and truly under way! The ‘younger horses’ had their first run of the season at Munstead. It was Elstar and El Limit’s first event so anything could have been on the cards – fortunately everybody was well behaved and we came back with some good placings! Elstar was 2nd and El ...

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The ups and downs of eventing - India Thomson blog

It's been a little while since my last blog and lots has happened in that time, mostly all good and some bits not quite so good, as is the way with horses! The eventing season got well underway at our first event at Isleham where we had 5 horses competing. They all made a good start with Rebel picki...

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Horse Of The Week - Copper.

Danielle's wedding which took place in 2014. Copper was an important guest at Danielle's wedding, which took place in 2014.[/caption] Copper is a New Forest x Welsh Cob and he is rising 31-years-old. He stands at 15hh and has been ridden by Danielle Barnes since she was a young girl. Danielle says that Copper is of great sentimental value as ...

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Does your horse have a taste for something bizarre?

Why does my horse chew wood? horse chewing wood fenceHorses eating wood is relatively common, and is usually due to a lack of roughage in the diet. If your horse eats wood, try to ensure they have access to ad-lib forage, or if they are a good doer, trickle feed at least 1.5% of the horse’s bodyweight per day (e.g. feed a ...

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What is Cushing’s disease?

Cushing 1‘Cushing’s disease’ (or as it is correctly termed, Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction, PPID) is a condition that affects the horse’s hormonal system. In a healthy horse the Hypothalamus and Pituitary gland, which are located in the brain, are responsible for nerve action that promotes the release...

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Horse Of The Week - Ellie.

Welsh Section C, Ellie. Welsh Section C, Ellie.[/caption] Ellie is a 13.3hh, 19-year-old Welsh Section C pony, who has been owned by Amy Bennett for 10 years. Amy says that Ellie (also known as Fatty!) is still going strong and she accredits this solely to Feedmark’s Extraflex HA with Rosehips. Amy explains: “Roughly thre...

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Horse Of The Week - Lemonade Pie.

Welsh Section A, Lemonade Pie. Welsh Section A, Lemonade Pie.[/caption] Lemonade Pie is a 3-year-old Welsh Section A pony. She stands at 11.1hh, and is owned by Angela Matthews. During the 20 months that Angela has owned Pie, she says “We have played with the Parelli program, she does lots of things on the line and with obstacle...

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How to help laminitis-prone ponies

What is laminitis?

 

Laminitis is a painful swelling of the laminae, the delicate soft tissues that hold the pedal bone in place within the hoof. If these tissues are compromised, the pedal bone is not supported correctly within the foot, which may lead to it sinking or rotating. The consequences ...

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The reproductive cycle of the mare

Horse ears backMares are ‘seasonally polyoestrous’, meaning that they have a season in which they are confined to breeding (not all year round), and they cycle several times within this period. The typical breeding season is between May and October but some mares will cycle outside of these months. The main factor...

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