Horses

How to be a horse whisperer

There's no mysticism involved. To build a beautiful friendship with your horse, you just need to know how to speak its language, writes Kim Dyson.

Bombproofing your horse

Here’s how you can teach your horse to get used to strange objects and loud noises, provided you treat your horse sympathetically.

Lovely lavender

Lavender has healing properties and is an effective fly-repellent, writes Kim Dyson.

Wolf teeth can affect performance

Is your horse avoiding the bit or ducking to one side? It might be having teeth problems, writes Dr Mac.

Learn more about your horse’s personality

Horse lovers can chat for hours about their horses and their wonderful personalities – but what are their animals’ actual strengths and weaknesses? How do they get along with other...

Treating chronic joint disease

Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, can affect any joint, but it’s most common in the knee, hock, fetlock and coffin joints.

Keeping bridles & saddles clean

A regular cleaning regime is the best way to keep your tack clear of mildew. Dr Mac discusses an effective step-by-step routine.

Trust, training & tricks with horses

If you’ve ever owned a horse that can open a locked stable door you’ll know how quickly they pick up a new trick! Horses love to learn tricks and there’s...

Pre-event calm for horse riders

With event pressure weighing heavy on many riders, Kim Dyson suggests some relaxation techniques.

All that is green may not be healthy grazing

The seeds of Datura species can cause fatal impaction colic, warns Dr Mac.

Nice horse, pity about the rider

Competitive behaviour is human nature. Deep inside all riders, there is a desire to compete in shows. You polish yourself and your horse, you practise until you’re sure that you’re...

Jump for joy!

Any horse person will tell you about the hours of laughter that you'll get out of sharing jump stories. Go to the Sappi horse trials and you will notice how...

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