“The Experts…”

Last year I had the fabulous experience of riding a transhumance in the south of France with Pierre Enoff. Were it not for the fact that I am going back this year, it could almost be described as the experience of a lifetime – taking a herd of 70+ horses some 150km across some pretty...

De Poedertoren

Last Sunday was spent at open day at de Poedertoren in Herselt, Belgium where they specialize in free roaming, and unshod, bitless riding. Emiel Voest gave his demonstration of Freestyle training – not completely unlike what I try to accomplish. Jossy Reinvoet gave his demonstration around his recent conversion to the Equestrian High School. And...

Hay and the Draughthorse – continued

The “experiment” with Laika continues. She is exclusively on a diet of hay and anything that her pasture can offer. Even apples and carrots have been banned from her feed – both contain reasonable quantities of sugars and this is one of the major components we are trying to avoid. The results are very favourable....

Hay and the Draughthorse…

Laika has been fed a variety of things since her arrival at the farm: maize, feed pellets, bread/breadcrumbs, apples, carrots, hay etc. Her general performance and stamina have always been somewhat unpredictable – the one moment full of energy and the next like a snail. She could trot a fair distance but always needed encouragement...

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