Archive for April, 2009

Paddock Safety

April 24, 2009

A wee plea, please check your horses on a daily basis.

Ensure their home is as safe as yours.

Let them have access to fresh water and enough food for their needs.

If needed, give them well fitted covers.

In short, CARE for them or give them to someone who will.

stuck and forlornstuck








Checking on her would have allowed her food and water. Checking on her would have removed the cover wrapped around her legs and body.

No matter the age or breed of a horse we owe it to them as their guardians to care, groom,feed and respect them. They do so much for us we could do a little for them…


To Thee, my master, I offer my prayer.
Feed me, water and care for me, and when the day’s work is done,
provide me with shelter, a clean, dry bed and a stall
wide enough for me to lie down in comfort.
Always be kind to me.
Your voice often means as much to me as the reins.
Never strike, beat, or kick me
when I don’t understand what you want,
but give me the chance to understand you.
Pet me sometimes, that I may serve you the more gladly and learn to love you.
Make sure that I am properly shod that I may serve you in comfort.
And finally, Oh My Master, when my useful strength is gone,
do not turn me out to starve…
or freeze…
and do not sell me to some cruel owner…
to be slowly tortured and starved to death;
but do thou, My master, take my life in the kindest, most humane way
and your God will reward you here and hereafter.
You will not consider me irreverent if I ask this…
in the name of Him who was born in a stable.


~ Author Unknown ~


“Bess” the only horse who returned

April 23, 2009
Lest we Forget

Lest we Forget

Anzac day evokes memories for so many families in New Zealand and Australia. It was with interest I read a newspaper article about “Bess” who was the only horse to return to NZ after the First World War.



Bess returned after serving in all campaigns with the New Zealanders in the Middle East.She returned to NZ under the patronage of Lt Col C. C Powles who became one of the early principals of Flock House Agricultural College. Bess remained in the local Manawatu area and the memorial stands on the spot where she died in 1934.

The monument on ANZAC day

The monument on ANZAC day

I have added a link to the Army website which has information about the contribution that the horses made to the war effort.

Turnout tips from “Stanley”

April 22, 2009

stanTurnout tips :

We will  be bringing you tips from a variety of different coloured  horses with photos on how to bring out the best in your horse. We are going to use readily available equine make-up and also show you how to achieve the same result on a shoestring. My horse “Stanley” and his friends will be used for demonstrations but we would love to hear from any locals with palominos or duns.

Read below for his latest post:  “Heads”  this follows his first and much read article entitled “Tails”. The next in the series will be hooves. Tail and mane pulling will follow plus much more…

Turnout Tips: Hooves

April 22, 2009

This is the third article in our turnout tips series, this time focusing on hooves. No matter whether you compete in eventing, dressage, games or flat classes your horse should always be a credit to you. We cant all have the best horse but with effort we can have the best turned out. (more…)

Horse Treats

April 11, 2009


"I know there are treats"
“I know there are treats”







 We all love to treat our horses, dont we. So I thought you may enjoy making some horse treats for your equine friend. The recipe is very quick and easy. This would be a great school holiday project  and by the time our horses official birthdays roll around on August 1st for southern hemisphere horses and January 1st for northern hemisphere you will have perfected horse cookies and be inventing your own versions. Remember through experimentation we invent classics or create more chicken food! (more…)

How to: brush and wash a tail

April 10, 2009

Here is a quick article from “Bob”.  When brushing out a tail, start at the bottom. This way you are only ever combing out knots through a 10cm section of unbrushed hair. Work your way up the tail in this manner until you are near the end of the dock. Then grasp the dock a let sections of hair fall free as you brush them down towards the ground. (more…)

How to: deep condition a mane

April 9, 2009
olive tree

olive tree

At the end of a busy show season the mane can be damaged by plaiting, pulling,  shampoo  and products that we use. One way to return it to its former glory is to deeply condition the mane hair. (more…)