Articles

These are about aspects of information relevant to modern day horse keeping and the pitfalls thereof. 

In addition there are some subjects that warrant a more thorough explanation.

Beware Buying & Selling

Most people are under the mistaken idea that having access to a reasonable sized paddock of grass is all you need in order to be able to own a horse...

When Horses Become Dangerous

There are a great many people who are already very aware of the various aspects of their horse’s pasture grass that can affect his ‘temperament’.

For the vast majority of people the changes are manageable - they check things like saddle-fit, hooves and teeth, make some adjustments to the diet and carry on.

This post is for those people whose normally ‘quiet and reliable’ horse, has changed and they can’t figure out why...

Do Horses Self-Medicate?

Horses have no concept of self-discipline. Horses are mammals too, and just like humans they don’t ‘eat selectively for their nutritional needs’ or ‘self-medicate’ from a smorgasbord of plants...

Who Needs to stay Off the Grass?

The situation most people find themselves in is where keeping their horse on a green paddock all year round is their only option and we are here to help.

This doesn’t mean it is ideal.

 

We need to clarify a few points.

It is obvious that when horses suffer laminitis they have to be kept in a totally green grass free living environment all year-round. This is where access to grass-free tracks or dry lots is essential to their management...

Jenny and Posh with Garroche

Jenny Paterson and Posh practicing with the garroche

Iron in Perspective

Because excess iron cannot be excreted, there is concern that many horses suffer from iron over-load.

When you have pasture analyzed, iron readings tend to be high, usually made higher by soil contamination on the sample. This is virtually impossible to avoid as is the ingestion of excess iron by the horse whilst he is grazing short grass...