All natural horse care in the west of Ireland

Bits CONTROL Horses
Thursday, 29 August 2013
I am getting a bit fed up hearing - "You need a bit to CONTROL a horse"

Contrary to what most people think - I am not against bits! My horses wear bits but I use them for communication not for CONTROL
What I am against is the misconception that bits CONTROL horses, the ignorant/uneducated way people use bits and the unschooled hands that pull, jerk and haul at the bits in their horses mouths in an effort to CONTROL their horse.
“Most people believe that you should start a horse with a really quiet bit, so-to-speak. Then the further along in the horse's training you go, the bigger the bit you should automatically put in his mouth because it takes a bigger bit for him to understand more. People think that there's a direct relationship between what a horse knows and what kind of bit is in his mouth. What actually happens is that the horse gets used to the bigger and bigger bits. Eventually, you need the bigger bit because the horse is used to the beating he gets with it every day…...Horses are so sensitive that they can feel a fly land on their skin. They can feel and understand a mild bit if the rider knows how to use it. But you can't train in shouts and show in whispers. When you put a bit in the horse's mouth that multiplies your pressures you lose your corridor of aids.”
Ron Meredith
“Loud Bits Destroy Communication”
Hoof Structure
Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The delicate structure of the blood supply inside the hoof capsule - interesting!


Ten Commandments for Horses
Wednesday, 01 February 2012

Ten Commandments for Horses

1. My life is likely to last 20 or more years. Any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you take me home.

2. Give me time to understand what you want from me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial to my well being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long. Don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your entertainment and your friends. I have only you...

5. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when it is speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I'll never forget it.

7. Remember before you hit me that I am powerful enough to hurt you, but choose not to.

8. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I have a problem that you are not yet aware of.

9. Take care of me when I am old. You too will be old one day.

10. Go with me on the last journey. Never say "I can't bear to watch or Let it happen in my absence." Everything is easier for me if you are there...

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Learning a Foreign Language
Wednesday, 18 January 2012

After trying and succeeding to a small degree to learn the language of Equus for over 10 years I have come to the following conclusion.

The spoken word and the unspoken word, communicating by body language only, (that of the animals without words as we know it) are and always will be worlds apart.

If we moved to a foreign country we would have no choice but the take the time it takes to learn the native tongue if we wanted to live a full life & prosper in this foreign country (foreign only to us the immigrant). Or we could just fumble along and learn only a few phrases to just get by. The same should and sometimes does apply in the horse world or the world we would like to live in with our horses!

Effect of psyllium on glucose and insulin
Thursday, 17 November 2011

Another interesting article! I have purchased psyllium to trial on my (fat) horses this winter. I will keep you updated on the results.


Aciclovir for treating sarcoids
Thursday, 17 November 2011

I came across this very interesting article which I thought I would share with you. I have started treatment on my mare Polly who has had sarcoids on her udders for the past 4 years. We have "managed" them using initially Thuja cream and then with some success, Crest Toothpaste. They didn't grow but at the same time they didn't shrink too much. Since starting treatment with Aciclovir a few weeks ago the sarcoids have shrunk by appx 25%

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