Wet weather problems - The constant
rain and wet has been causing problems for horse owners in UK and Ireland this season with many 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.
NEW - Reader Question
I teach my pony he's ok in the stable on his own?" Read Lorraine Jennings of School Your Horse's answer here.
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.
Ex-racehorses deserve a second chance
- read about the second lives given to off the track horses by their new owners. More info here.
Loading reluctant horses & working in an outline - Visit our training young horses page by clicking on photo below
|Teaching young horses and ponies to load
Be safe: wear riding helmets and Hi Viz - Both can save your life. Read
our Hi Viz article and learn about the Riders4helmets© Campaign. More info.
Rescue Horses and Ponies - A
large number of horses in Ireland have been abandoned since the financial crisis struck. Have a look at our page which features some of the luckier ones who have found good homes in Ireland and the UK.
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