Monday, November 28, 2011
Polo, Side Saddle and Horse Insurance & Law Seminar
It's been busy this past week. Here's a quick summary of what has been happening
on Horse and Pony Info:
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We have our first interview with a polo player, Ameer Jumabhoy, who plays polo with La Sarita Polo Team and this year raised money and awareness
through a goal scoring initiative for Texas Children’s Cancer Centre. Horse and Pony Info spoke to Ameer about his life
playing polo and his fund raising plans. To see this interview and photos of Ameer click here.
On Facebook, we came across an interesting page run by a trio of ladies who prefer to ride side saddle. The
Flying Foxes Side Saddle Display Team tour the UK to show people how it's possible to take part in many different equestrian
disciplines riding 'aside' instead of astride. They ride cross country, hunt and also do trick jumping. Have a look here.
Catherine Ryan, from www.mountainviewstables.eu has written several pieces on Horse and Pony Info website. She is hosting an interesting seminar on Wednesday, 14th December
in the Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire, Cork. Called 'Ask the Experts', it will deal with any questions you might have about
law and insurance, such as the following:
If your horses gets injured by another, who pays the vet bills?
your horse jumps the fence and causes an accident, who is at fault?
you get in an accident while riding out on the road, who is liable?
you pay someone to care for your horse and something goes wrong, what are your rights?
if you are the person that keeps a friends horse for a cheap price, what are you taking on in terms of risk?Go
to www.mountainviewstables.eu to see the advert for the seminar or to our Home & Contents page where you can download the Seminar details to share with others. Even better, if you live in Ireland, you can attend and
ask your own questions.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Always expect the unexpected
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If there's one thing I've learnt from a lifetime with horses, it's that we never stop learning. Last Friday that message
was brought home to me with a bang!
On October 24th I wrote about the 12.2 hh Connemara pony who I'd taken to the cranial
osteopath. If I'm honest, I haven't noticed much difference in his nervousness so far although I was able to catch him today
on the first attempt in spite of having taken off his head collar previously. Though this might be because he now looks forward
to coming into the stable and having a feed.
Anyway, last Friday he was due to go back for his second session with
the cranial osteopath. I parked the Volvo and horse box in its usual place between the gate posts at the top of the hill which
runs past our house. I have loaded horses and ponies in that spot for the twenty one years we have lived here as it makes
life easier to be able to use the gate if they won't load. As I was on my own, I loaded a 12 hh Welsh pony first who doesn't
mind going in, called Sprite. Sprite was tied up, had the back bar across behind him but the back ramp still open.
then went back to the stables to fetch the nervous pony. I was just unlocking his door when I heard Sprite whinneying rather
more frantically than usual. I looked around and saw that the car and horse box had gone. Vanished completely! For the first
split second I thought someone must have driven off with it and then a horrible thought occured and I ran as fast as I could
down the lane to see the car had ploughed into the beech hedge at the bottom and Sprite, now very put out, jumping up and
down in the back with the ramp still open. Thankfully he was fine.
I suppose the distance the car and box travelled
on its own was about 100 metres downhill and it was lucky it hit the hedge and didn't veer to the left and out onto the main
avenue to the neighbours' houses. Such a relief to find the poor pony all right that I don't mind about the damage to the
front of the car and the loss of a fog light. It could have been so much worse.
I had put on the hand brake, which had
failed, but had forgotten to leave the car in gear which is very unusual for me as my son, who is having driving lessons,
is amazed that I automatically put it into gear after turning off the engine. I can only conclude that I was in too much of
a hurry that day.
As I said, we live and learn. I will definitely be checking the gear stick next time or, better still,
finding another place to park for loading horses.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Save money caring for horses in winter
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Anyone who keeps horses in winter will tell you how expensive looking after them is. If they are stabled, they will be in
for longer as the days are shorter and fields are wetter. This means more money goes on bedding. Whether in or out, they will
need more feed as the grass has little protein at this time of year - if you have any grass! Without doubt, winter time is
when the feed man makes his money.
We have nine horses and ponies here at present and only bring in the ones who
are being ridden. Older ones who feel the cold, such as thoroughbreds are given rugs and, if they are not being exercised,
live out. We had an ex-racehorse who lived to the age of 30 and he was never stabled in later years as he would stiffen up.
He much preferred being out.
Another idea is not to put rugs on native breeds and good doers. Instead they will
grow a thick, warm coat. If they are not clipped and being ridden, there is no need for a rug but remember to keep grooming
to a minumum as it takes the oils and grease out of their coats which are there to keep them warm.
of fibre in the winter. Fibre helps a horse to keep warm from the inside out and this means hay or haylage. We still have
plenty of grass at the moment and our ponies living out have more condition than usual so we haven't started feeding hay yet.
Last season, during the snow, we fed hay out in the fields.
For more ideas on how to save money in winter, click here
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Heart warming photos of huggable horses
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Frosty mornings are here at last! After a week of storming winds and torrential rain, I was able to sit outside today in glorious
sunshine with a cuppa and listen to the birds singing. And I couldn't do that many times in Summer 2011. It was a heart warming
And, talking about heart warming, the results of the Arjento Equestrian Photo Competition 'Life is Short
- Hug Your Horse' are out. There were so many gorgeous photos but the judge and sponsor decided that Brogan Marshall's photo
of his little sister and a new pony deserved first prize of a red rosette and £10 voucher. If you'd like to see the
rosette winners among these huggable horses, then click here
Our thanks go to Lauren Preskey for kindly sponsoring this competition. Arjento Equestrian is based in the Midlands
of the UK and will help train and prepare horses for sale, school problem horses and also help with nutrition
advice, amongst other services. (BSc Equine Management, www.arjento-equestrian.co.uk).