Cushing Candidate?

As my followers (and detractors) will undoubtedly confirm, I am often dismissive of traces of blood in the white line. Such traces are often the result of a trauma at some indeterminate time in the past and now, often between three and eight months later, neither owner, nor horse, nor hoof have any recollection of anything untoward and at the next trim, the traces will probably have disappeared all by themselves. […]

Curing the Incurable - the reality of Navicular Syndrome

About this article.

Navicular syndrome or navicular disease is a condition that has affected horses throughout the ages. For this reason, numerous studies have been carried out on the subject and it would appear that the conclusions are more or less cut and dried; the experts seem to be of more or less unanimous opinion […]

Defending the indefensible

My mare’s headstall–ridden like this from the first moment I had her.

Recently, on that epitome of good sense and reasoning known as Facebook, I happened across a post from a ‘friend’ (these days, a very vacuous definition if ever there was one) describing events during a weekend at Aintree with Buck Brannaman. Without […]

Safety Shoes and the Toilet

I regularly get asked what is so bad about horseshoes. And why horses are shod, if horseshoes are really so bad.

To answer the first question, the easiest comparison we can make is that of safety shoes. Imagine that, day in, day out, twenty-four hours a day, you were to wear a pair of safety […]

The Sting

The Setup

Society has always known those that can and those that cannot. And among those that cannot, are also those that think they can! Because of this, “trades” were developed with training and official recognition as a way of guaranteeing a level of competence and to protect practitioners from unscrupulous amateurs. Many […]

Autumn is in the Air

and with it, laminitis…

No, you are not hallucinating! The title is indeed very familiar and refers back to the last available published article, Spring is in the Air. Many people associate laminitis with the spring and it is probably true to say that the majority of (acute) cases and probably the most severe occur […]

Spring is in the Air

and with it, laminitis…

Although we have come down to earth with a bump and, after the extraordinary February of this year, March has turned out to be a (fairly) normal March, spring is in the air. The trees are beginning to show signs of green, the daffodils are flowering and, here at least, the […]

Interesting read

I read this article several months ago and really should have linked to it then – a discussion on Facebook made me think of it again.

An article by Linda Chamberlain about the founder of Thunderbrooks feed company and how illness in her horses appeared to be caused by weedkillers and other agricultural sprays.

Although […]

Senior Horse???

Unbelievable but just two days after I republished an article about safe starting and the life expectancy of the horse, that wonderful dispensary of all knowledge equine, The Horse, publishes an article about “Vaccines, Dewormers, and Nutrition for Senior Horses“. Although the information presented is in itself very dubious (vaccines and dewormers) or just plain […]

A Safe Start: the reality of training early…

This article was originally published in English by the author on the Equine Independent website in June 2013

There must be something in the air at the moment; I was recently expounding the virtues of delaying a horse’s training under the saddle only to come across an article last week on The Horse website talking […]