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 trades...

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,...

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....

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 wrong...

Ragwort &c.

Summer is upon us†, the lush fields of the spring are starting to become the dry dustbowls of summer – at least in those areas where there has not been much rain – and the first hay is being harvested. And horse owners are possibly starting to worry a little: they’ve just noticed some...

Locking up your Children

This week, a study by Nottingham Trent University (UK) reached the mainstream British media. The study told us nothing new – but it did manage, with this media coverage, to suddenly reach a much wider audience. Essentially it was a study into the well-being of horses and the effects of stabling. The study showed...

Scaremongering…

This photo and a list of ten points was recently posted to a social media site: Essentially a praiseworthy action from a group that has a generally responsible if occasionally misguided approach to hoof care. As they state, the owner is responsible for his or her horse’s welfare – an area fraught with misunderstandings...

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