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    Before taking that giant leap and purchasing your first horse, you will want to take a lot of things into account. For starters, it is vital that you appreciate the financial implications of taking on a horse. The number of abandoned horses in the UK is rising, and this is partly due to the fact that some people are unable to afford the cost of keeping these animals and make the purch...

    Pick the perfect name for your new horse or foal   Pick the perfect name for your new horse or foal   Spring is prime time for picking the perfect horse name for your new foal, or maybe you made a new purchase on Horsemart and are now the proud owner of a young bay and fancy a name change?   Whatever the reason, picking a good horse name wh...

    It is very likely that at some point, a horse owner will need to attempt to move their horse, either to a vet, to another stable or to a show. There are a couple of different methods for transporting a horse, each of which has their advantages and disadvantages. And there are a number of ways that you can help your horse cope with the process.  In this guide we will help explain to you...

    Whether you’re an owner placed in the tricky position of not having enough spare time to dedicate to your horse or an equestrian enthusiast without the resources to provide full care for a horse, a horse share scheme could be the perfect compromise.   Entering into a horse share agreement can often be the perfect compromise for both parties and will be particularly beneficial...

    Ever wondered what exercise plan you should use? Or what you should plan to do if your horse has had a little holiday? Horsemart reader Erin Ronan shares a sample “back into work” horse exercise plan which has proved effective for her.   To work on your horse's fitness you should gradually work over a period of weeks, this is so your horse’s body can adjust to...

    Should I clip?   This will depend on what you are planning to do with your horse during the winter months.  If you have a youngster or an older horse that is unlikely to be worked during this time, then leave him with his natural coat.  Generally speaking, horses that are not in work do not require clipping. If you have a horse that is terrified of clippers and is danger...

    Have you ever thought about changing your horse’s bedding material? We’ve taken a look at some of the choices of equine materials to help you choose a bedding material that will work best for you and your horse.     Straw Seen as an old fashioned bedding material, and is one of the cheapest beddings on the market. Straw can easily be brought from a ...

    Competing in dressage competitions is a fun and rewarding way to assess how the training of your horse is developing. British Dressage runs two types of competition; affiliated and unaffiliated. To compete in affiliated competitions riders must be members of British Dressage, unless they only want to compete at prelim level in the open section.     Unaffiliated competitions ca...

    A horse show can be a pressurised environment, with the demands of competition playing on your nerves. However, have you ever considered the fact that your nerves could rub off on your horse? If that’s the case, it could spell the end of your chances of success at competition – so you may find it helpful to consider some of the horse calming tips explored in this article. ...

    There are many equine jobs in a huge range of areas. However, all of thesehorse jobs have a common aim: to make sure that horses are well cared for in whatever discipline they are in. Becoming a stable hand is the dream job for many as it allows you to be working with horses on a daily basis. However, it is very important to realise that this is not just a job, it is a passion. These sorts of e...

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