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Got a mouthy horse? There is some great perspective here. I have noted over the years that many horses, if given the choice, will choose to eat out of slow feeders over loose hay. I have always hypothesized that this might be because of muzzle stimulation that in turn makes them feel good. ... See MoreSee Less

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My mare is this way! But I have never seen it before her. I thought it was a weird quirky thing! She isn’t mouthy though otherwise. Just prefers a hay net over loose feed.

There is also the concept of contra-freeloading. Wiki description: "Contrafreeloading is an observed behavior in which an organism, when offered a choice between provided food or food that requires effort to obtain, prefers the food that requires effort."

This weekend my horse is taking a trip to church. ... See MoreSee Less

This weekend my horse is taking a trip to church.

The nights are drawing in which means it's time to get ready for winter ❄️ while the weather β˜€οΈis still on your side. Over the next few days we will post some check lists to help get you started. Here's a few ideas for your feed room. 🧹🐁🐴
What would you add? Share in the comments below.
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The nights are drawing in which means its time to get ready for winter ❄️ while the weather β˜€οΈis still on your side. Over the next few days we will post some check lists to help get you started. Heres a few ideas for your feed room. 🧹🐁🐴
What would you add?  Share in the comments below.

When was the last time you objectively assessed your horses 🐴 weight and condition?

Now is a great time to take a good look at your horse in preparation for winter. If your horse is underweight it is ideal to take action for weight gain now before the weather gets colder and it is harder to put on condition. Conversely if your horse is overweight you can plan for how to use the winter to your advantage to help with weight loss.

Ideally horses will score right around a 5 on the Hennecke condition scoring scale. Condition scoring is a great skill to develop. Take a look at each area of your horse from the chart below and read the description of a 5. Put your hands on your horse and take a good look. Do you agree that this score describes what you see or feel? If not move up or down accordingly. Repeat this process for all 6 areas on the chart and then average the 6 scores for your overall body condition score.

Have a go and share a confirmation picture of your 🐎 horse in the comments with the scores you awarded and we will let you now our thoughts.
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When was the last time you objectively assessed your horses 🐴 weight and condition? 

Now is a great time to take a good look at your horse in preparation for winter. If your horse is underweight it is ideal to take action for weight gain now before the weather gets colder and it is harder to put on condition. Conversely if your horse is overweight you can plan for how to use the winter to your advantage to help with weight loss. 

Ideally horses will score right around a 5 on the Hennecke condition scoring scale. Condition scoring is a great skill to develop. Take a look at each area of your horse from the chart below and read the description of a 5. Put your hands on your horse and take a good look. Do you agree that this score describes what you see or feel? If not move up or down accordingly. Repeat this process for all 6 areas on the chart and then average the 6 scores for your overall body condition score.

Have a go and share a confirmation picture of your 🐎 horse in the comments with the scores you awarded and we will let you now our thoughts.Image attachment

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I'm trying not to, the boys are all a bit too........ round πŸ™ˆ We are going into winter, though, so hoping some cold weather will do them good. I've been considering a 1" hole haynet for the "warmer" months, and using the 1.5" hole net for when it gets close to -20°c and colder. My long yearling colt. He's not as bad as his buddy, but he does have a slight crease around his tail head 😢. He also has a hay belly.... Easy keeping Newfoundland Pony.

My “objective” assessment is a 5 - 5.25. I look forward to your thoughts!

Emma the Queen's Fell Pony stands and waits to pay tribute to her Monarch as the Queen's coffin is brought to Windsor Castle. ... See MoreSee Less

Emma the Queens Fell Pony stands and waits to pay tribute to her Monarch as the Queens coffin is brought to Windsor Castle.

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