A Practical Approach to… Controlling Infectious and Contagious Diseases

By Fiona Reed We are all aware via magazine reports and the ever present social media websites, of the dangers and risks of our horses contracting some dreadful infectious or contagious disease.  This sort of transfer of information can be very useful, but can also create hysteria and panic, where often none is necessary. There are always plenty of articles written about these diseases looking from the veterinary perspective, but here...

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Rare opportunity for training with Pippa & William Funnell…
Feb27

Rare opportunity for training with Pippa & William Funnell…

Castle Leslie Equestrian Centre in County Monaghan, Ireland, in conjunction with Charles Owen, is thrilled to announce that world champions Pippa and William Funnell will be conducting a series of lessons on 29th & 30th March. William will conduct show jumping lessons from 9-1pm each day followed by lunch, and Pippa will conduct eventing lessons on both days from 2-6pm, including lunch. Jenny Richardson, Castle Leslie Equestrian...

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Best buddies
Feb22

Best buddies

Are you and your horse a perfect match? Here are some top tips to help you create the perfect bond. Spend time with your horse watching him in the field so that you learn more about the way he behaves around other horses. Be clear with your signals so that he knows the boundaries – what he is and isn’t allowed to do. Make your signals firm, but avoid aggressive behaviour and remember to reward good efforts. Find places he likes to be...

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Can diet cause a horse to fail a dope test?
Feb21

Can diet cause a horse to fail a dope test?

By Dr Derek Cuddeford The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) based in Lausanne lists on thirty A4 pages in PDF format substances that are prohibited in equines! In April 2013 there was a major scandal in Newmarket when it was discovered that horses from a prominent yard had failed a dope test. In this case, the agent discovered was stanozolol, a banned anabolic steroid which had been purposefully administered to the horses. In...

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Banish bad behaviour
Feb13

Banish bad behaviour

If you’re having trouble getting your horse to cooperate in certain areas of his life, try some of these ideas. Very few of us have the perfect horse and common problems include refusing to load, be clipped or be caught, napping and refusing to go out of the yard, bucking, rearing or biting. If you can relate to one of these problems, or have an issue with something else, follow our checklist to get you back on track. Have your horse...

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