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Basic Hoof Care for Horses

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 20th of October, 2014

There is much more to keeping your horse’s hooves in good condition than picking them out regularly and having them trimmed and shod as needed, and you should view your horse’s hoof care as one of the most important elements of horse ownership.

 

As our understanding of good hoof maintenance has increased exponentially over recent years, so too has the range of products available to help care for our horses hooves, and there are a wide range of really helpful products on the market right now to help to strengthen, protect and care for hard working hooves.

Read on for our pick of some of the best hoof care products available today.

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Memoirs of a Saddle Fitter - Young Horses, bless them!

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 13th of October, 2014

Young Horses, bless them!

I was out fitting a saddle on a four year old today and as is usually the case, when the owner was booking the saddle fit, she was very careful to tell me not to expect perfect behaviour from her young gelding, as he was a babyish four and not long backed.

Like most saddler fitters, I am used to all shapes, sizes and ages in equines and don’t expect perfect manners all the time. But what is really surprising with youngsters of three and four having their first saddle fitted, is how well behaved they usually are! No, I’m not kidding! Yet if you think about it, they are the equivalent of teenagers, with usually an attention span of a sparrow, but in general they are wee stars.

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The Pony Club - To join or not to join

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 6th of October, 2014

For those of us that have been riders since our childhood, Pony Club membership is probably something that we are very familiar with. However, for non-riding parents of pony-mad children, The Pony Club can appear to be a bit of a mystery, and often comes accompanied by mental pictures of Thelwell ponies and crazy runaway Shetlands!

 

So, is The Pony Club still relevant today, and should you be considering membership for your own children? 

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Grass Sickness in Horses

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 30th of September, 2014

Grass sickness, or to give it its correct name, equine dysautonomia, is a thankfully rare, but unfortunately, usually fatal equine condition. The exact causes of the condition are unknown, but it is thought to be related to ingestion of a toxin produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which is carried within the soil and passed through to the grass that horses and ponies graze upon.

 

Due to this, the condition is most commonly seen in horses, ponies and donkeys that graze on pasture-land, although a smaller number of cases have also been identified in horses that are stabled and do not graze. There is no known cure for infection with the condition, and it is fatal in around 95% of cases.

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Types of Wounds in Horses

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 23rd of September, 2014

Despite their large size, horses and ponies tend to be rather delicate creatures, and most owners will be familiar with the sinking feeling that accompanies returning from a ride or bringing your horse in from the field to find a wound, injury or other problem. While this is a relatively regular occurrence in the equestrian world overall and minor scrapes and injuries can often be treated by the owner, it is important to know how to tell the difference between different types of wounds, and know how to treat them or when to call the vet.

Read on to learn more about the six most common types of wounds on horses and ponies, plus how to deal with them.

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