IF worded correctly it could be a massive positive to preventing and resolving horse welfare issues
It could also offer a legal standard of horse care that if failed could be classed as breaking the law, so it would make it easier to be able to remove the horse and prosecute the owner
My girl def believes she should always have my sole attention, if I'm nattering to a fellow human she starts waving a front leg at me, if I don't stop chatting she starts tapping me with her toe. She also tries to load herself into any open trailer/box, if she ever got loose at a show I'd have...
Reckon if you can quickly build up a regular client list then it can work well. However know a few people who have done this and found themselves dealing with stables that haven't been mucked out properly for months/fields full of poo/unkept horses etc, all of which was expected to be at a good...
I used to use Neatsfoot on all my tack, espically new tack to soften it, but found as soon as there was damp weather the oiled tack became mouldy very quickly compared to the unoiled, so have stopped using it and use a balm instead
Absolutely neither your or your horses fault, also if you were to pay anything towards the vet bill it could be seen as you accepting liability
If an owner brings a dog to the yard it's at their own risk and is their responsibility at all times
Cut a plastic bottle in half, turn the top part over to make a funnel, part fill base with a sweet smelling liquid, fruit juice/cider/lager etc works well and string it up somewhere out of reach, amazing how many flies it catches
If I bought a horse that was then deemed unrideable then they're with me for life whatever, however I wouldn't knowingly take on an unrideable horse to be kept at livery, I would consider it if I had my own land and was looking for a compainion
Think this is totally normal, I used to be someone who would get on any horse with any issue, but have had a confidence dip and want a quieter life
For building confidence, I would 100% recommend getting a good instructor and having regular lessons no matter what riding level you are at it...
Not used Woodpecker but I stopped using Hunters as kept finding rubbish in them, crisp packets/choc wrappers/plastic/metal staples etc. I went onto straw
Our yard uses Eventus, both grade A and grade B, they both look really good and make a great bed
As they sponser quite a few riders there's a...
I have no issue with kids on a yard, but it's obviously not safe place for them to run riot, I've had good and bad experiences with different yards;
Waving a fellow livery off on a hack and saying You ok if I lock up? reply was Yes I've got my keys, when I went round locking up I found her...
It wouldn't put me off but have found the following;
Fantastic responding to voice, really love praise
Great with traffic
Put themselves in a false outline while pulling themselves along from the front end
Canter needs work
When working on training trot to canter, the trot...
I'm very sorry to hear of your loss
When I lost my girl Emily (my profile pic) it was planned, due to arthritis
I decided to have a 6 month break from horses, I lasted days, I couldn't cope without a horse or the routine, Emily was a massive part of my life, she was my priority, at least twice a...
Not dealt with them directly, but when I was looking, several friends warned me of people locally that have had issues with them
Can't confirm anything as I wasn't involved, but possibly a heads up to be careful
Very lucky as my girl is a superstar, but if I could choose to add any "apps":
Ability to speak English
Has her own thermostat, so is never too hot/cold
After a bath she can have a quick shake and become totally dry
Most importantly freeze her health and age x
Very lucky to have both at our yard, but if I had to choose it would be the hot wash. It makes a huge difference using warm water to wash my girl when she's sweaty/mucky/just has a dirty tail, if we didn't have the solarium I could scrape/towel off and pop her thermatex on to dry her. Yep I...
Think at some point it will have to come to a complete ban. A loose dog on the track is a danger to the horse, rider and to the dog itself. It's unfair to the horse and unfair to the rider, both of whom have put in a lot of hard work to get to the point of competing in such high profile events...