Grass grows at different rates through the year, depending on temperature, moisture and soil nutrients. When all else is equal, we see a peak in grass growth in June (long days, plenty of sun, moisture still in the ground from the spring rain), a dip in August and another slight rise in September with autumn rain, then it is downhill all the way! Grass cannot grow at all when the soil temperature is below 6 deg. C. Read more
I donít think our horses enjoy winter any more than we do but fortunately they are much better equipped to cope with whatever nature chucks at us.
Horses make their own Vitamin D from exposure to sunlight Ė not at a premium this time of year! Fortunately hay, dried in the sun, is a good source, as also is lucerne and surprisingly, fallen leaves. But there is nothing to beat a top up of the rays when they are available, so on those rare sunny days, uncover your horse and let her soak up the sunshine Ė and its vitamin D. Read more
We will be closing at 5pm on Friday 21st December 2018 and will re-open at 9am on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.
If you order direct by phone or through our website, please place an order by 5pm on Friday 14th December to guarantee delivery before Christmas.Read more
Oh dear, banana skin alert. Just as we were basking in the glory of having all the horses home and back in work Martin had a bit of a whoopsie with Rodders. Eight fractured ribs and a punctured lung, and we were only in walk! Out for a quiet hack in the field and the big lad was spooking at the cars on the road. No biggie but being a dufus he then fell over on a bank, Martin tried to hold onto him and bang. A neat soup-bowl shaped section of ribs moving and a rather disconcerting bubbling feeling. An ambulance, chest specialist, helicopter (unused), few days in hospital and short period of box rest later we are back in business. I always say itís just as well you have no idea whatís heading your way when you wake up in the morning. Martin was very lucky. Read more
Fireworks can be a very stressful experience for horses. As Bonfire Night approaches, you can plan and take precautions to minimise the impact on your horse.
- Find out what firework displays are on in your area. If there are demonstrations close to your horses, contact the organisers and explain the situation. There may be measures they can take such as moving the display to the far end of the site. Find out what the timings are so you can manage your horse appropriately.
- Try to keep your horse in his or her normal routine. If you plan to change the routine for Bonfire Night, start doing it as early as possible so your horse gets used to the new routine. Read more