Skip to content

Category: Getting started

Owning a horse is a big responsibility that requires experience, commitment, time and money. Experience is essential as there are many things involved in horse ownership, such as general health care, stable management, feeding, handling, exercising and riding, bandaging, first aid, clipping, pasture management, etc, etc, the list goes on. Day-to-day management of your horse is very important – there are many factors that horse owners must consider to ensure their horse’s health and safety. Vigilance towards these factors is essential for a beginner and the experienced owner.

Before buying a horse or pony you need to make sure you can provide everything your horse needs, including providing appropriate accommodation and bedding, feed and healthcare. Buying a horse is a time-consuming and lengthy process, and it is vital that you do some research and visit different horses before making your final decision.

There are many things to consider when buying a horse, but most importantly you should know how much you have to spend, and what sort of horse you are looking for, including height, age, gender and temperament. When physically looking at each horse you should evaluate its general health, keep an eye out for any lumps and bumps, watch the horse being ridden, and ride the horse yourself; if you do all of these, you will get a complete picture of the horse before you consider buying it.

Riding and road safety

It is well known that our roads are getting busier and busier, making riding horses on the road more and more dangerous. Horse riders have as much right to use the roads as anyone else and should be able to

Pre-purchase examinations

Once you have made the decision to buy a horse, it is advisable to identify a vet that can carry out a pre-purchase examination of the horse. Not only will this give you peace of mind, but your insurance company

Pasture management

Regular pasture management ensures your horse's grazing remains in good nutritional condition; it is also one of the main ways of achieving effective parasite control in your horse. Effective pasture management, along with faecal egg count monitoring and use of a regular

Insurance – do I need it?

Horse and pony ownership is a costly business and carries with it a weight of responsibility, whether your involvement is purely pleasure, is competitive or is commercial. You may own a livery yard, riding stables or stud. Insurance is a

Fitting a saddle – why it’s so important

It is not easy for a horse owner, who has not been specifically trained, to make sure that his or her horse's saddle fits properly or to more than suspect that it is causing trouble. What problems can a poorly

Exercise – keeping your horse fit and happy

Routine exercise is very important for you and your horse. General exercise and mental stimulation helps to keep you and your horse fit and happy. A combination of schooling, riding out, jumping and going to shows will keep your horse active

Examining a horse at an auction

When a pre-purchase examination cannot be performed by a qualified equine vet, following these guidelines for examining a horse at an auction. What do I need to know? Unlike buying a horse privately, where you can view the horse and

Essential equine management

Day-to-day management of your horse is very important. There are many factors that horse owners must consider to ensure their horse's health and safety. Vigilance towards these factors is essential for a beginner and the experienced owner. What factors ensure

Clipping your horse

Before you think about clipping your horse you need to establish why and ultimately what sort of clip you need to give your horse. Clipping ensures your horse remains healthy and comfortable. Make sure you know when you should start

Buying a horse

Owning a horse is a big responsibility that requires great commitment, time and money. Before buying a horse or pony you need to make sure you can provide everything your horse needs. Buying a horse is a time-consuming and lengthy