News (and other musings)
Stabling during the heatwave?
Are you having to stable your horse during the day in this hot weather? We’d love a few more trees in our paddocks for shade, but unfortunately ours are having to make to do with being indoors to escape the heat and the flies.
Time to cut down on the green stuff!
Anyone else’s ponies looking a bit tubby? It’s definitely time to cut on down the green stuff over here, but restricted grass doesn’t have to mean restricted grazing! Could our hay feeders make life a little more enjoyable for your pony and a bit easier for you this summer?
Would you spot the signs of Laminitis?
Some good advice here from Loch Leven Equine Practice. There’s a much higher chance of a good recovery if you spot the signs before obvious lameness shows up and react accordingly. Obviously even better would be to manage diet and lifestyle appropriately and avoid the problem altogether.
Watch out for those chilly nights!
Most of you with Laminitis prone ponies will be aware of the dangers when turning out on frosty grass, but did you know that if the temperature has dropped to below 6 degrees overnight that the same risk applies even when there isn’t a frost?
Can you answer a few questions for Rebecca?
It’s great to see slow hay feeders becoming so mainstream! Rebecca Rollins, a student at Warwickshire College studying BSc(Hons) Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation, has asked if we can share this short questionnaire. Can you spare a few minutes for her?
Do donkeys have different needs?
For any of you with donkeys, or thinking of getting a donkey, this article from Donkey Time is a really good read. A good summary of the different needs donkeys have to horses or ponies.