Horses and Hearing

Horses and Hearing

  Cute-shaped Ears Horses and Hearing Just like people, horses’ hearing deteriorates as they get older. This may make them react differently, which means you need to act differently around them. Can you name some ways? Research shows many horses like classical...
Helping Your Horse To See

Helping Your Horse To See

Helping your horse to ‘see’ The gear you use and the way you ride can affect what a horse sees and how he performs. ** At Pony Club we need to be especially careful of gear that may limit the movement of the horse’s head, such as standing martingales and...
Horses and Smells

Horses and Smells

What Smells does your horse like? What smells make him pull this face? * The Flehmen response is when a horse raises its head, curls its lip and inhales. It helps the horse get a better sense of something interesting in the air. * There have been very few studies of...
Rodents in the Feedroom

Rodents in the Feedroom

Rodents in the Feedroom   Horse feed, hay, bedding, saddles and rugs are very, very attractive to rodents – ie rats and mice! But there are many really important reasons why you should not let them into your tack and feed rooms. Rat  and mice ruin 10 times as...
Body Condition Scores for Horses

Body Condition Scores for Horses

Measuring Your Horse’s Condition Does your horse or pony look like this? This is Score 3 on a 0-5 Body Condition Score chart, which helps you measure if your horse is too fat or too thin. A score of 3 is ideal for most horses. To help Members diagnose their...
Spring pasture: Tips for a smooth transition

Spring pasture: Tips for a smooth transition

Spring pasture: Tips for a smooth transition Spring grass grows rapidly, is up to 80% water, low in fibre, soft and easy to chew. There’s little horses and ponies relish more than the sweet taste of spring grass. But if horses overindulge on the new grass, virtually...