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Buying, training or caring for a horse or pony? We provide information about training, behaviour problems or buying a horse or pony. Visit our Online Shop for top quality birthday cards, Christmas cards and gifts delivered worldwide or keep in touch with our blog, Hoofbeats. Written by horse owners and handlers who have many years of experience between them, we are based in Ireland but the equine information here is universal and may help riders and horse owners worldwide.
The opinions expressed here are from personal experience and we strongly advise you to contact your vet or your riding instructor if you are seriously worried about your horse. 

Do you know which bit to use? One of our most popular pages! If you have a tearaway pony or feel you need to check you are using the correct bit, click here. 

Have you tried bitless riding? Riding without a bit in a horse's mouth is becoming more popular and not as difficult as some imagine. More info and real life experiences here

Elinor with her horse Sophie using bitless bridle

Prepare for wet weather problems - Worried about having to cope with mud fever or mud rash? See our tips from other readers here.

Catching a difficult horse - Ponies or horses who don't want to be caught can waste a lot of time and cause much frustration. Some tips here.


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Ten top expenses with owning a horse or pony - Before you buy a horse or pony, it's a good idea to consider how much it's going to cost to keep one. More info here. Want to know five examples of 'horse salesperson speak' (or what the seller doesn't want us to know)? More info here.


Loading reluctant horses & working in an outline - Visit our training young horses page for loading tips.

Teaching young horses and ponies to load

Be safe: wear riding helmets and Hi Viz  - Both can save your life. We asked our readers to write about this important part of staying safe and you can read their personal stories here.

Are some horses impossible to train? Have you got a horse which is too hot to handle or one which pushes you around? This was one of the many queries which brought a visitor to our website. More info here.

Buying a new horse or pony? Mileage is an invaluable asset - Mileage may be bad in cars but it's very useful with horses. A pony with mileage is more suitable for a beginner rider than a young four or five year old. Many parents make the mistake of buying a young, sometimes unbroken, pony for a child and, unless the child has a lot of riding experience, this is usually a disaster. Read our page about buying horses and ponies. Click here for more info.


Do you understand what's in your horse's mind? Most of us know that horses are herd animals and that the herd was important over the centuries as a protection against predators. But do you know how an understanding of horse psychology can help you to train your horse? Click here for more info.

Bad behaviour - Weaving, crib biting and wind sucking are three behavioural problems which can be diffcult to manage. They are often caused by boredom, by horses being shut up for long hours without enough work or, some believe, can be copied from others. If your horse has any of these problems, click here for suggestions on how to deal with them. Remember that weaving, crib biting and wind sucking are all considered an unsoundness when buying a horse.


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Skin Infections and Rain Rash - Some horses, especially older ones, can overheat under rugs and develop skin infections. More info on how to deal with this.


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Preventing Grass laminitis - Many native breeds of horses and ponies are prone to laminitis. Native types such as the Connemara, Irish Draught, Shetland and moorland breeds are genetically programmed to survive in areas of poor grassland and cannot tolerate rich grass. Overweight equines and 'good doers' are also prone to laminitis. Learn how to help prevent this crippling condition here.

Parasites and worms - Horses and ponies need regular worming to keep them safe from parasites and worms. More info here.

Dates for Influenza Vaccinations in Ireland - A quick and useful guide to remember when to vaccinate your horse.