1 October 2022 saw important changes in French law regarding the acquisition of cats, dogs, ferrets and rabbits. This new piece of legislation applies whether an animal is given away free or sold to the new owner/keeper. There is no differentiation; thus, for example, if a dog breeder sells you a dog or if your […]

The Farrier’s Follies

In this, the third of a series of three promised articles – about no topic in particular! –, I shall be looking at the follies of the farrier. What do I mean by that? Farriers consider themselves charged with treating ailments of the legs and feet – indeed, may jurisdictions consider that to be the […]

The Military Mindset

As always, there must be something to come between planning and reality. This article should of course been published about a fortnight ago; however, personal family circumstances intervened and took precedence. Here  – at last – is the second of three promised articles. In it, we discuss the general reasoning behind many of the activities […]

August Reflections

September is here; with it the cooler days, the shorter evenings and a little more time to reflect on recent publications. Three items particularly caught my eye recently, the first being an article discussing the merits and demerits of booting horses; the second was what is termed these days an ‘advertorial’, part of an apparent […]

Human ⥈ Horse : the balance : Part Three

The final instalment in a series of three Last week, we looked at horse centricity and making life better.This week we round off with making the change and looking at where the problems lie. Making the change Maybe you are already well established in a good horse-human relationship. Maybe you feel the relationship between you […]

Human ⥈ Horse : the balance : Part Two

an article in instalments. Part Three will be published on 15 July. Last week, we finished by discussing dogma-driven, ego-driven and horse-centric. The dogma-driven rider is the one who, often under peer-pressure, resorts to the age old (mis-)conceptions of the horse in the traditional riding-world. The thoughts are with the horse, only tradition has put […]

Human ⥈ Horse : the balance : Part One

an article in instalments. Part Two will be published on 7 July. For most of us, confinement is behind us, albeit there are still restrictions in place for many. It has been a complicated time, probably because of its simplicity and lack of choices — stay in; don’t mingle; keep your distance. Right at the […]

Further Hoof Care

one side of the horse - Ronald Searle

Following up on last week’s post about Simple Hoof Care, this week a short film on further hoof care. The method shown here is still relatively simple but this time we look at the use of conventional trimming tools and techniques. The video lasts just over six minutes.

Simple Hoof Care

bottom of hoof

A film guide to caring simply for your horses’ hoofs in the absence of your farrier of hoof care specialist.

Coronavirus and the Horse

For many of us, it is a trying time and, with more and more countries implementing a lock-down, a complicated one. Equestrian centres are closed and, in many cases, even owners are being turned away from visiting their horses. A time to reflect on the welfare of the incarcerated horse… A great many owners consider […]